10 things that should have happened during the Olympics….

Aussie Daria Joura deserved better than she got in Beijing.

Aussie Daria Joura deserved better than she got in Beijing.

…and didn’t.

1. The Australian program, which aside from Russia and China has the best combination of artistry and athleticism, should have made a bigger impact. The unfortunate injury to Aussie star Dasha Joura in team prelims undercut Australia’s chances of being a bigger hit at these Games. Hopefully Joura goes on in gymnastics, although her countrywomen have certainly been able to translate their gymnastics prowess into other sports. She’s the best Australia’s ever had, and could continue to have a big impact on sport in her country.

2. The Russian program, which aside from China and Australia has the best combination of artistry and athleticism, should have made a bigger impact. The elegant and classy veteran Anna Pavlova, who knows something about peaking during the Olympic Games, was robbed of medals on both balance beam and vault. At 20, she’s also a candidate for continuing, and can draw inspiration from her more aged elite teammates Yelena Zamolodchikova and Lyudmila Yezhova Grebenkova.

3. The world should have been treated to a high bar spectacular by Aljaz Pagan. He would have made event finals for sure.

4. The age rule should have been rescinded about two years before competition at National Indoor Stadium began.

5. Jonathan Horton should have won men’s high bar. With respect to Zou Kai, Horton’s routine was more exciting, looked more difficult and frankly more well executed in terms of line and extension.

6. Yang Yilin should have won women’s uneven bars. Between the three on the podium, Yang had the fewest errors — and the same difficulty rating.

7. Cheng Fei should have won vault. Not with the performances she had, mind you. But if she had done what she’s capable of — what she did at the last three World Championships — she’d have the gold.

8. On the men’s side, Marian Dragulescu performed the same astonishing vault he did in 2004 — handspring double front half out — and just like in Athens, performed it perfectly. It was 10-worthy. (Or 17-worthy. Whatever.) And just like in Athens, he biffed his second attempt. Like Cheng, the now-retired Dragulescu should have stood up that second vault. All he needed to do was stand it up…

Japans Hiroyuki Tomita rebounded from a nasty fall off rings in the all-around to almost capture bronze.

Japan's Hiroyuki Tomita rebounded from a nasty fall off rings in the all-around to almost capture bronze.

9. Japanese veteran Hiroyuki Tomita should have come away with an individual medal. Despite possibly the scariest fall of the competition off rings during the all around final, Tomita continued — and nearly got a bronze.

10. All the gymnasts should have been treated to a scandal-free competition. And age conundrums aside, they got that. It was a huge improvement from the judging errors of Athens.

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7 Responses to “10 things that should have happened during the Olympics….”

  1. Seirra Says:

    actually, Zou’s high bar routine was more diffcult than Johnson’s. Zou had a start value of 7.3, and Johnson had a 1 start value (it might not look that way, and he did have the higher A score). only if Horton had a perfect landing…..

  2. shergymrag Says:

    “On the men’s side, Marian Dragulescu performed the same astonishing vault he did in 2004 — handspring double front half out — and just like in Athens, performed it perfectly. It was 10-worthy. ”

    The judges don’t give out tens just for stuck landings and that’s why he didn’t get one. His vault in Athens was worse than the one he did in Beijing and neither was 10 worthy.

  3. Francine Says:

    There are a lot of blogs and sites for Tomita. I totally agree with your thoughts on Tomita. Personally I don’t agree with the scoring in Olympics….his beauty surpasses the difficulty that the Chinese gymnast had.

  4. shockresist Says:

    i agree re tomita. (well, with most others of the above too, but most especially re tomita). my heart broke for him.

  5. mez Says:

    Understandably, Dasha’s injury was a blow to the Aussie team. However, in her absence, lesser-known team members stepped up and shone.

    Georgia Bonora and Shona Morgan are from the same club, Waverley Advanced, here in Melbourne. It’s a suburban club without a lot of prestige or government funding. But Shona and Georgia hit just about every routine in quals, team final and all-around to help the team to a historic 6th place, and finish 13th adn 15th in the AA respectively. This from two girls who’d previously been expected to “just make up the numbers” in Worlds teams. These ladies proved themselves as true team players, and didn’t let the distractions in the arena get to them.

    The team overall is to be particularly credited with regaining their composure in the TF beam rotation, after their disaster in prelims with Ashleigh and Lauren and Dasha falling.

    For the bad things that happened surrounding Dasha’s injury, there were a lot of bright spots as well!

  6. Marcus Says:

    Pavlova would not have passed Sacramone even if she got a score

    She would have needed a 9.850 execution score for that vault, and it was not worth that with the block and lack of amplitude. However, it would have been nice for her to not finish last over 2 gymnasts with subpar vaults. As sad as I was for Pavlova, the ruling was fair. But don’t even get me started on the Cheng…

  7. Marcus Says:

    sorry, I was going to say “the results” but instead put Cheng and forgot to take out “the”

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