If you are lucky enough to remember when gymnastics were scored on a scale of 0 to 10, then you no doubt understand the confusion that people have with the current scoring system. If you can call it a system at all, that is.
During the Women's Qualifying rounds on Monday, the current World Champion, Jordyn Weiber, was the first athlete who fell victim to the questionable scoring practices that have taken the sport to new lows. According to the International Olympic Committee, the United States women's gymnastics team can only have two members in the women's all around. After giving solid routines on vault, beam, bars and floor, judges gave her what were obvious and blatant low scores, edging her out of the all around final. Dashing her hopes for a gold medal and replacing what should have been her spot with another of her teammates. This did not sit well with audience members, who began yelling, "Jordyn was robbed."
One of the major issues with the scoring process for Olympic gymnastics is that the judges don't really have to tell anyone why they are deducting points from each athlete's performance...unless they are issued a challenge by the coach of a team. Enter the men's gymnastics team final.
Monday night, Japan's Kohei Uchimura was performing his routine on the pommel horse. Uchimura is a three-time world champ and a superstar in Japan. While the competition was still in full-swing, it was the general consensus that Japan had clenched silver. Uchimura was doing fine until the dismount came and he blew it. It was one of the most clumsy and ugly dismounts ever seen, and Uchimura took a step back then began to grin as if it was no big deal. Meanwhile, the British fans in the arena were celebrating of their apparent bronze medal standing. At least until the scores were flashed for good old Uchimura's performance and the final team standings. (deja vu, anyone?) Uchimura was given a 13.466, which in all honesty, was more than fair for the giant blunder he gave on the dismount. The standings were as follows:
CHINA - GREAT BRITAIN - UKRAINE - JAPAN
The crowd went wild. Uchimura could not believe he had been given a 13, and then it happened. Japan filed a protest of the score given to precious Uchimura. As the minutes passed, they passed some more. The athletes stood staring at the scoreboard like it was their lifeline. Finally, a generic message scrolled on the scoreboard saying, "Inquiry accepted." And miraculously, as if by dark magic, Uchimura's score was changed to a 14.166. New standings:
CHINA - JAPAN - GREAT BRITAIN - UKRAINE
Crowd goes wild again, just not in a good way. The Great Britain team was somehow bumped down to bronze medal standings, while the poor Ukraine team was kicked off the podium all together. Somehow, the judges had conferred to bump Uchimura's difficulty score up enough to take silver. Crowd goes home in bad mood, drinks a lager or three, and then vows to start watching the Winter Olympics instead.Keep up with the scandal with the "2012 Olympics" listings
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