August 27, 2004


I haven't had anything to say about the Olympics in general and this whole medal-controversy thing in particular, but the thing seems to keep getting sillier and sillier. Apparently, the International Federation of Gymnists is suggesting that Hamm's giving up the medal would be the sporting thing to do. In response, the US Olympic Committee are wetting their collective pants about pressure and cleaning up other people's mistakes.

Frankly, I think Hamm ought to give up the gold - of his own will and as a show of sportsmanship. But the way this is playing out, with everyone's backs being put up and noses getting out of joint- it isn't going to happen now.


Posted by Robert at August 27, 2004 11:42 AM | TrackBack

Now you've done pissed me off, Llamabutcher. The Korean gymnast was given a much greater boost in his score by virtue of a missed call; he did a pommel routine that permits only 3 handstands and he did four. The resulting deduction not only would have not given him the gold, but it would have put him out of the medal, regardless of whether the scoring error that the Koreans are complaining about would have ever been made or not.

Hamm deserves the gold. And to give a big "F you" to the IFG.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at August 27, 2004 02:13 PM

Believe it or not, I'm going with INDC Bill on this one. If the judges effed up, then that's not Hamm's fault.

Me personally? I blame the Chimperor!

Posted by: Steve the Llamabutcher at August 27, 2004 03:07 PM

Make that three - I think Hamm keeps the gold.

Posted by: jen at August 27, 2004 03:46 PM
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