Last night, I, like most American’s was watching the summer Olympics to see the American Fab 5 – our gymnast team that is going to secure us gold. This year – three women were looking to compete in the all around – but there were only two spots per team. That meant Gabby Douglas, Jordan Weiber, and Aly Raisman were battling it out.
Jordan Wieber, going into the event, was the world champion.
She did not qualify to get into the all around – by the smallest of margins. The scores were as follows:
Aly Raisman 60.391
Gabby Douglas 60.265
Jordan Weiber 60.032
Jordan was edged out by Gabby by .15 of a point. It is also worth noting that no other competitor in the world is close to these three ladies – the closest is a 57 (out of Russia). I’m going to go ahead and say it – I think that Gabby Douglas got in because of advertising money.
I’m looking at you NBC.
NBC has spent a ton of money touting Gabby Douglas and her smile. How many times have you seen that spot where cute little Gabby tells you that people tell her to smile, so she does. (Teehee) The announcers could barely contain their preferences for Gabby over any of the other athletes. I get it, Gabby Douglas is super cute, she’ll look good on a cereal box. But what I don’t get, is how Gabby Douglas was scored as well as she was in the Olympic’s qualifiers unless – the judges are in a fix.
For instance – Gabby received the same score as Mckayla, who literally vaulted 5 feet higher than everyone else on that vault. Her bars were impressive, and her beam was average, but then you get to the floor routine. Gabby took 4 – 5 steps out of bounds, ungracefully, after a corner to corner part of the routine. Her routine wasn’t that much different than Jordan’s. Jordan had half her foot out of bounds at one point. They put Gabby’s score in the 13′s – but there was no way that Jordan should have had so much of a deduction.
Then, you go look at NBC’s site – and you discover that they don’t have video for either performance on there – and they are trying to make it seem like Aly Raisman is the one who booted Jordan out of the all-around. ( Check it out at http://www.nbcolympics.com/gymnastics/index.html ) Really NBC? We’re not stupid. It was Gabby who was over scored. Not Aly. It should have been Jordan and Aly in the all around.
Gabby had an amazing, well worth going for the individual medal uneven bars routine. However, I don’t believe she should have been in the all around.
What do you think? Was Gabby over-scored? Should Jordan be in the all around?