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US Gymnastics Blames Stadium Officials for Silver Meltdown, Pictures of Olympics

US Gymnastics Blames Stadium Officials For Silver Meltdown

The US women's gymnastics team pointed to stadium officials when explaining their disappointing silver medal finish in the team competition. US coach Marta Karolyi blamed the Beijing stadium officials for disrupting Alicia Sacramone's preparation for the beam. Karoyli said: "First they called her name up, then they did not even put her name up even though the Chinese had finished . . . (it was) totally unusual holding."

The loss of concentration apparently caused Alicia to fall off the beam and then slip during the following floor exercise. If it weren't for the unsettling, Karolyi maintains, Alicia would not have made the crucial mistakes and China would not have won the gold medal. Hours after Karoyli's lashout, the USA Gymnastics president mitigated the statements suggesting that Karolyli was simply disappointed by the loss.


Alicia Sacramone is not happy.

Alicia Sacramone loses her balance on the beam.

China's Jiang Yuyuan competes on the floor.

Gold.

Bridget Sloan of the United States competes in the floor exercise.

Some believe the Chinese government issued falsified passports to underage members of their women's gymnastics team, making them eligible for competition. Has China given itself some unfair home-field advantages, or is the US just being ungraceful losers? To see some a lot more beautiful pictures from the competition,

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Alicia Sacramone is not happy.

Alicia Sacramone loses her balance on the beam.

China's Jiang Yuyuan competes on the floor.

Gold.

Bridget Sloan of the United States competes in the floor exercise.

Nastia Liukin of the United States competes in the uneven bars.

China wins team gold.

China wins team gold.

China's Deng Linlin competes on the beam.

China wins team gold.

The Chinese team lift coach Gao Jian.

China wins team gold.

Silver for the US.

China wins team gold.

Alicia Sacramone goes back on the beam after falling.

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flutterby-moon flutterby-moon 7 years
@bluesarahlou, Thanks you're very kind, a little design i put to together. I'm very fond of winged creatures as well.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
There is a new story out, the girls are 12 and 14. Those Chinese are HUGE cheaters!!
browneyedchica browneyedchica 7 years
I agree that in general asian women look younger. But one of those girls in particular can NOT be 16 (I'm not sure of her name)! ALL gymnasts are built smaller, so I am not referencing stature, size, etc. You could look in her face and see that there is NO way she was even CLOSE to 16!! NO. Way. As far as Marta goes, I've met both her and her husband and they are the nicest people. I think its out of character for her to make a comment like that. I've never seen the US make mistakes like they did this time. Even so I'm proud that they got Silver!!
Miaomiaochan Miaomiaochan 7 years
@ mymaria: I totally agree about the seemingly endless attacks against China from people who have some beef with the country. I'd say the vast majority of them know little to nothing about China.I'm 22 years old, Chinese, and fairly short at 5'2.5". Many people have mistaken me for a teenager, and are usually shocked when I say that I'm already a graduate of college. Some of China's most famous athletes are shorter than I am. It is totally possible that the smaller girls on the gymnastics team are simply short for their ages. It's also possible that they are younger than the ages that were given--who knows?It shows poor sportsmanship when a team begins making excuses or pins blame on others for their own poor performance. Psychologically, though, there's a pretty simple explanation--it's been shown that those who win silver tend to be less happy than those who win bronze because they're disappointed in not winning gold. The athletes who win bronze are simply happy to have medaled at all.
Miaomiaochan Miaomiaochan 7 years
@ mymaria: I totally agree about the seemingly endless attacks against China from people who have some beef with the country. I'd say the vast majority of them know little to nothing about China. I'm 22 years old, Chinese, and fairly short at 5'2.5". Many people have mistaken me for a teenager, and are usually shocked when I say that I'm already a graduate of college. Some of China's most famous athletes are shorter than I am. It is totally possible that the smaller girls on the gymnastics team are simply short for their ages. It's also possible that they are younger than the ages that were given--who knows? It shows poor sportsmanship when a team begins making excuses or pins blame on others for their own poor performance. Psychologically, though, there's a pretty simple explanation--it's been shown that those who win silver tend to be less happy than those who win bronze because they're disappointed in not winning gold. The athletes who win bronze are simply happy to have medaled at all.
Meike Meike 7 years
Yeah right.Despite China probably having a couple of underage athletes on their team, they still concentrated and performed better under pressure than the U.S. athletes. The 'unusual holding' was not the reason for the U.S. loss. But, we'll never truly know if China played fairly since there is an incredible amount of false documentation floating around the country.
Meike Meike 7 years
Yeah right. Despite China probably having a couple of underage athletes on their team, they still concentrated and performed better under pressure than the U.S. athletes. The 'unusual holding' was not the reason for the U.S. loss. But, we'll never truly know if China played fairly since there is an incredible amount of false documentation floating around the country.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
Flutterby I love your little picture...I have a soft spot for Barn Owls. :)
flutterby-moon flutterby-moon 7 years
Part of being an Olympic athlete is being able to concentrate under enormous pressure and to be prepared for anything. So i don't see Alicia's argument as valid. Her coach should setting an example of good sportsmanship by accepting the results. Despite their loss of the gold medal we should be very proud of this team for their achievements. As to the questionable age of the Chinese gymnasts, we can only speculate. There are some rumors by some news organization that have been digging around, that some of the girls are not 16. I guess we'll never know for sure, there won't be investigation by the Olympic Comittee
flutterby-moon flutterby-moon 7 years
Part of being an Olympic athlete is being able to concentrate under enormous pressure and to be prepared for anything. So i don't see Alicia's argument as valid. Her coach should setting an example of good sportsmanship by accepting the results. Despite their loss of the gold medal we should be very proud of this team for their achievements.As to the questionable age of the Chinese gymnasts, we can only speculate. There are some rumors by some news organization that have been digging around, that some of the girls are not 16. I guess we'll never know for sure, there won't be investigation by the Olympic Comittee
kgtkgt kgtkgt 7 years
The age of one or two of the Chinese girls seemed questionable; however, I think that the huge delays in the scoring caused many mistakes by both the US and China.
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
Thanks for the article links peachykeen!
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
In general, Asian people look younger and tend to have smaller bone structures. I get it all the time, "you are so tiny please eat." Since I was born and grew up here in the US--raised on milk and beef, we end up being taller and somewhat larger than if I were to be born in Asia like my cousins. All of my family and cousins born in the US are by far larger and taller than any of my cousins in Asia. In Asia, I'm considered a "giant" in terms of a girl and a size "large." Most of the clothes don't even fit my proportions and I am a size 2 in the US. You can't say just because we look younger that we ARE. This is also VERY true, I think some people are forgetting how petite some Asian women can be. I have Asian friends who also discuss how the difference in the American diet seems to have on their physique, or development.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
In general, Asian people look younger and tend to have smaller bone structures. I get it all the time, "you are so tiny please eat." Since I was born and grew up here in the US--raised on milk and beef, we end up being taller and somewhat larger than if I were to be born in Asia like my cousins. All of my family and cousins born in the US are by far larger and taller than any of my cousins in Asia. In Asia, I'm considered a "giant" in terms of a girl and a size "large." Most of the clothes don't even fit my proportions and I am a size 2 in the US. You can't say just because we look younger that we ARE. This is also VERY true, I think some people are forgetting how petite some Asian women can be. I have Asian friends who also discuss how the difference in the American diet seems to have on their physique, or development.
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
I think these articles are important:http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/gymnastics/news?slug=dw-karolyis081308&prov=yhoo&type=lgnshttp://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/gymnastics/news?slug=ap-gym-chinaspoise&prov=ap&type=lgnshttp://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Dominique-Dawes-on-age-of-Chinese-gymnasts;_ylt=AhLXSv4T_fdYht4oobtHXHide5p4?urn=oly,100557
PeachyKeen19 PeachyKeen19 7 years
I think these articles are important: http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/gymnastics/news?slug=dw-karolyis081308&prov=yhoo&type=lgns http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/gymnastics/news?slug=ap-gym-chinaspoise&prov=ap&type=lgns http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/blog/fourth_place_medal/post/Dominique-Dawes-on-age-of-Chinese-gymnasts;_ylt=AhLXSv4T_fdYht4oobtHXHide5p4?urn=oly,100557
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
No one is saying they didn't do well.
mymaria mymaria 7 years
I am having a hard time with this 'age debate' of these athletes. It seems like a lot of people around the world have issues with China (for whatever reasons they may have and I am not trying to support or attack China) and are taking any chance they get to attack, attack, attack. I think it's sad. These athletes worked very hard and I am proud of all of them. If in the end it comes out true, the Olympic Committee will take care of it. Who are all we to judge and dismiss their amazing performance and all their hard work. At the airport today a lady asked me if I was a high school delegate. I'm 29.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"I don't think Alicia is trying to make it look like any one else's fault, lilprisci. It's the coach that spoke, not the athletes."I read a quote from her that said something like, "Everyone has good days and bad days. I had a bad day, but I really wanted a good one."
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"I don't think Alicia is trying to make it look like any one else's fault, lilprisci. It's the coach that spoke, not the athletes." I read a quote from her that said something like, "Everyone has good days and bad days. I had a bad day, but I really wanted a good one."
YayaOzoHead YayaOzoHead 7 years
As much as I was rooting for team USA, they were just off. I don't think that the one mistake lead to the mistakes in her floor routine. They just weren't on fire like China.
janneth janneth 7 years
I believe the delaying tactic was intentional, targeted, and effective. Maybe the US team would have done better if this had not happened, we don't know. Maybe the Chinese team would have done worse if it had happened to them, we don't know. But it does seem like cheating. And putting aside the fact that Chinese girls often look younger than their age, why the shady business about their age IDs?
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I don't think Alicia is trying to make it look like any one else's fault, lilprisci. It's the coach that spoke, not the athletes.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
"Alicia is trying her hardest to make this seem like anyone's fault but her own; you messed up, deal with it."Who said Alicia is trying hard to make it seem it's not her fault? I can't say how she feels, but from the way her face looked last night, it seemed she was very distraught and had the weight of the world on her shoulders after her mess-ups.
amybdk amybdk 7 years
"Alicia is trying her hardest to make this seem like anyone's fault but her own; you messed up, deal with it." Who said Alicia is trying hard to make it seem it's not her fault? I can't say how she feels, but from the way her face looked last night, it seemed she was very distraught and had the weight of the world on her shoulders after her mess-ups.
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