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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, read more.

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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