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Gym Flash: U.S. Wins Bronze

The U.S. men's gymnastics team, whose roster has undergone massive upheaval in the past two weeks, won the bronze medal in the team competition this morning.

Favored China won the gold, and Japan took the silver.

China's score of 286.125 was more than seven points ahead of Japan, the defending Olympic champion.

The Americans were in the running for the silver until their last two events, but it was a solid finish for a team that had to replace not one, but two injured Hamm brothers in the 10 days before the games began.

This was the second straight Olympic medal for the Americans, who finished with 275.850 points.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  August 12, 2008; 12:41 AM ET
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what massacre?

i am oblivious and welcome the Olympics to Beijing the Peoples Republic of China in 2008.

where is KaiGe Chen and Li Gong?
YiMou Zhang (the long first mouth) is presenting to the World, Olympics at the sake of ______________________________.

Posted by: egalitaire | August 12, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

what's incedibly ironic here, is that sasha, the russian on the american team WON the bronze for the american team wth his incredible performance on the horse, after the rest of the american team all dropped the ball.

and why do i say this is ironic? is that while george bush was playing in china, russia was re-asserting it's rights over georgia.

Posted by: devlon | August 12, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

I think the judging was very subjective.

On the parallel bars two of the Americans deserved at least 16.00. Especially the last gymnast, he was spectacular and he had a high degree of difficulty. Yet the judges scored the Chinese higher. The same thing happened on the pommel horse, with the last American gymnast to perform. He was great!

From what I saw from the judges, they were determined to have the Chinese win the gold.

Even some of the other countries should have scored higher than the Chinese on the various apparatus.

Same thing happened with the judging in diving. The Chinese kept getting great scores (some undeserved)and the other countries were scored (undeservedly) lower on quite a few dives.

I think the "fix" was in.

If swimming were being judged, I think even Phelps would have had a hard time winning the gold. By the way, Phelps is awesome!!


Posted by: J | August 12, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

J I totally agree with you, the judging was very very subjective on most all the apparatus, as it always is! While I understand the Chinese team starts alot of their routines with higher degree of difficultly they didn't seem to be hit with deductions at all.

Posted by: Rich | August 12, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

J....I was thinking the same thing as I watched the scores come up. The American's should have earned at least a couple 16s and a couple of China's rountines did NOT deserve 16s. Jonathan Horton on pbars, Horton and Spring on hi bar, then Sasha Artemev on pommel, 15.35...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

'Subjective' is right. I guess that's what you call 'home field advantage.'

Posted by: Lori | August 12, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Sasha's pommel horse score was pretty spot on. The Chinese were going to win-BUT y'all are right, they were getting some nice scores from the judges. They sad thing is, they still would have won without it. Its so frustrating to watch.

A lot of what the Chinese do is is find loopholes in the Code of Points. We have a term for that-codewh*ring. the Chinese high bar rotuines are a perfect example of that. Take those three routines and stick them next to the three American routines and 10 times out of 10, people will tell you that the American routines are bigger, mroe exciting, and don't put you to sleep. And yet the Chinese, with a combination of codewh*ring and generous judging, actually outscored the Americans.

I love this sport, but until the governing body cracks down on this sort of thing, it will continue.

but congratulations to the US men, who did exactly what they set out to do and proved everyone-including some gymnastics experts-very, very wrong.

Posted by: Birdie | August 12, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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