Monday July 30, 2012, 10:46 am
You may remember that I am a huge fan of Olympics sports and have been ever since I was a child, so when Iím not blogging or attending to other immediate needs, Iím watching the games. I became aware of an injustice that transcends party lines. Simply put, an athlete who deserves to compete is being excluded.
Monday July 30, 2012, 11:43 am
So it seems there are times when mediocrity is rewarded.
I suppose the rule was put in place so that more countries had a shot at the medals, and maybe to cut down the length of competition time. 'Shot at the medals' should be determined purely on skill. Do some countries end up dominating the competition? Yes. For years, the Russians dominated ice dance and pairs skating at the winter Olympics. And what happened? Other countries beefed up their training and broke that hold. Should this not be the case here? Other countries need to beef up their training, not count on preferential rules to get to the podium. The Olympics are about being the best you can be while living up to the Olympic oath. Period. So I guess mediocrity is rewarded. Too bad.
Monday July 30, 2012, 11:50 am
It really is absurd that she's ranked #1 in the world but had to earn a spot into the event anyway.
She should have gotten an automatic bid, or maybe even an exemption to allow her to compete along with Douglas and Raisman in the all-around because they qualified, and she's got the ranking.
Obviously, there's a need to have a play-in to qualify the best competitors, but she already earned that spot in numerous preliminary events, so it really is wrong to just disregard all of that based what was really only marginally less worthy of a performance.
I saw the qualifying rounds and her dismount was poor because of injury I think was stated. I believe this rule was instituted to cut down on the time element. We have those who don't belong there along with those who performed in an exceptional way in final round. It doesn't seem all that fair.
Monday July 30, 2012, 3:45 pm
I know she is one of the 24 best so she should be in there competing for the best all round gymnast...However, she knows the rules say, the best two gymnists from each Country, and sadly for her, she was behind two of the American Girls, so by rule she can't compete for the title of best all round gymnast...While I know this technically isn't fiar to her, because she's better than a lot of girls from other Countries who made the top two for their Countries...She's got to accept the rule, she knew it going in...I do feel terrible for her, but she isn't being cheated or anything...
Monday July 30, 2012, 4:52 pm
The twenty four qualifiers to compete for the all around event should be the gymnasts with the top scores, regardless of where they come from.† For the gymnast with the fourth highest score to be excluded is an injustice of Olympic proportions.† The rule should be changed."
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 2:54 am
A lot of rules have been changed this time around; in swimming and gymnastics and many sportsmen/woman have suffered from these changes. There is no room for the less than "winner sportsmen" to experience the Olympic games. This wasn't the spirit of the Olympic games in ancient Greece.
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 5:10 am
I watched that event and could have cried with her but she isn't the only one who missed by a mila-second and she won't be the last. Don't like it, protest for the next Olympics and change the rules. Sad to say, they all know the rules before competing. Think that was close, watch some of the swimming events. These "near misses" happen in EVERY Olympics.
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 5:57 am
It's a shame that she didn't make the cut and that the rules were changed. She didn't make the top two in the US so, as tragic as it is for her, she just was not good enough. The fact that other countries will be represented by girls with lower qual times is irrelevant. the quals are at a country level and not the Olympics. to do anything such as you suggest would be chaos.
Tuesday July 31, 2012, 11:57 pm
This is an injustice? Sorry, I don't see it. The rules stated that the top two from each country - and she was not among the top two. Rather than put the onus on other countries to "beef up", let the athlete herself strive to improve. It's nobody's fault that she didn't make it but her own.
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 8:23 am
Her disappointment was understandable, but when she regained her composure, she handled herself with grace and dignity. She's 17-years old, and hopefully will have another chance to compete. And, as John stated, she helped her team take the top spot last night and will be going home with an Olympic gold medal, the respect and admiration of countless viewers, and a much larger fan base!
She and her teammates were a wonderful example of teamwork and unity. In that respect, they put our highly partisan government to shame!
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 8:49 am
You might have a case if every one were not held to the same rules. They all put their hearts, souls and lives into their sports. The plane and simple fact is when it came time to shine she did not. While I feel for her, she is not the only one, she was not singled out, she was simply just like every other third place finisher on every other team.
Wednesday August 1, 2012, 10:48 am
Thanks all. Let me be clear. At no point did I ever intend to say that something could or should be done for Jordyn this time. As several have said, all knew the rules going in. My point was simply that a rule that favors 21 people who did worse that the fourth best performer in an event is a bad rule and should be changed. Kudos to Jordyn and her teammates.