It’s been a very long week for me, or at least it seemed that way. I have been working every day for the last 10 days and believe me, I can not feel more burned out. Honestly, the only thing that kept me going was the Olympics. It felt nice waking up each morning to an increase in China’s medal count. It was pretty much my breakfast every morning haha So here’s my re-cap:
I stayed up just to watch the Men’s Individual All-Around. As I predicted, Yang Wei won the gold. I was so happy for him! After failing to win at the last Olympics (when he felt he was at his best), he was so depressed and wanted to quit. It’s a good thing he didn’t. I’d have to say that his worse performance was on the horizontal bar, but even with a low score for it he was already well in the lead.
Yang Wei seems to always have a stern face, especially when he’s competing. But judging from some of his interviews and other videos, you can see that he is actually quite fun. As he was waiting for his last mark, it was funny to see him flexing his muscles to the camera and blowing kisses to the crowd. I thought it was really sweet when he looked in the camera and mouthed “I love you” to his girlfriend. Awwww! :)
It was a fight for the gold for Women’s Individual All-Around. I would’ve wanted to see Shawn Johnson win, but I have to admit that Nastia put on quite a performance.
Sunday was the first of my three early mornings. I got up at 6am to catch the finals for Men’s Floor and Men’s Pommel Horse.
Floor was one event I DID NOT expect China to win gold in; it was a shocker. Zou Kai did a very difficult routine and stuck all his landings. I was impressed by the boy! I guess that win was in part due to both Brazil and Romania falling during their routines. I deeply felt for Diego Hypolito (Brazil). He was practically in tears after falling on his final pass. If it wasn’t for the fall, he probably would’ve walked away with the gold.
Again as I predicted, Xiao Qin won Men’s Pommel Horse. It wasn’t quite his best performance, but it sure was enough for him to go home with the gold.
Waking up at 6am again on Monday morning was not a problem because I was so excited about seeing the Men’s Rings Final. I can’t remember if Yang Wei was the second or third to do his routine, but he got it over with early and set the bar fairly high at 16.425. With that kind of score, it was comforting to know that China had pretty much secured it’s spot on the podium. Then came the “Lord of the Rings”…Chen Yibing. Being a world champ in this event, I was expecting nothing less of a near perfect performance from him. And I got exactly that.
I was practically jumping in my chair when Chen Yibing’s marks came up as the highest (at 16.600) with Yang Wei ranked 2nd after him. Seeing the two on the podium made my day :D
That same morning, I also watched the finals for Women’s Uneven Bars and Women’s Trampoline before heading off to work. He Kexin got the exact same score as Nastia but He Kexin got the gold. This has been the center of much controversy, along with the underage allegations.
Personally, I think people need to stop whining. Consider the fact that there is an actual scoring system in place and in such a case where there is a tie between scores, they break down the individual deductions from each judge (instead of just averaging the marks) to see who comes out on top. Every gymnast is judged under this same system despite it being 100% fair or not, so respect it. The guys who are calling this kind of judging “all wrong” should go ahead and prove themselves right. Until then, this “all talk, no action” attitude is not appreciated.
You can bet I’ll have another post entirely devoted to discussing the controversies (or more accurately the comments made in response to the controversies) that have surrounded these Olympics.
Tomorrow, I’ll conclude my Olympics with a re-cap of Li Xiao Peng’s win on parallel bars and the closing ceremony. Stay tuned!