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Seems like the number of blatant mistakes I saw in gymnastics this year were way way up, and that doesn't count the more subtle stuff you mentioned that an untrained person like me can't even see. Seems like the majority made very awkward blunders (not counting dismounts).

Do you think the levels of difficulty are too high?

Posted by cracked | August 20, 2008 12:56 PM

@1: I do. The new code of points heavily favors difficulty over execution, and I think that's bad for gymnasts as well as being not particularly fun to watch for fans of gymnastics. Liukin and Johnson make most of the stuff they do look easy, but for kids who are, shall we say, less superhuman, those skills come at a great psychological cost.

Posted by annie | August 20, 2008 1:00 PM

Since gymnastics is pretty much over, I just wanted to say that I've been enjoying these posts, Annie. It's really interesting to see the sport from the perspective of someone who's actually been involved with it.

Posted by Abby | August 20, 2008 1:41 PM

Agree w/1 & 2. It's confusing to the casual observer to watch Cheng Fei fall down on her vault and wobble all over the beam and still medal on both.

Posted by David | August 20, 2008 1:54 PM

And agree w/3 too, for that matter! Thanks for the posts, Annie!

Posted by David | August 20, 2008 1:56 PM

Annie, have enjoyed the posts. Gymnastics are my fave Olympic event. Liukin's performance on the beam last night was poetry! Regarding the uneven parallel bars, I disagree with the results, but kudos for Liukin to graciously accepting the silver. She's a class act.

And yes, I would love to see the level of difficulty at a more manageable level so that the gymnasts can focus on execution.

Posted by rb | August 20, 2008 3:02 PM

Beat these freak shows back to the circus, how about some indoor women's volleyball.

Posted by Dougsf | August 20, 2008 3:04 PM

Agreed-- thanks for the posts Annie. I also like Liukin better-- she just seems more graceful, especially on the balance beam. She looked like she wasn't even trying. Maybe its those crazy long legs. Awesomeness.

Posted by SDizzle | August 20, 2008 3:33 PM

Annie, thanks for this well layed out breakdown on that tiebreak!! I loved your gymnastics posts. I hope they re-work the point system before London 2012.

Posted by arduous | August 20, 2008 5:09 PM

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