U.S. team smiles? Yeah, right...
ESPN The Magazine
ATHENS, Greece -- The U.S. women's gymnastics
team spent the moments after its disappointing second-place
finish Saturday afternoon trying hard to smile.
With cameras all around, Team USA was
all smiles. But later, tears belied their brave faces.
"We're in second, so that's awesome,"
said Courtney McCool.
"As a team we did pretty well,"
said Courtney Kupets.
"I think we had a good day," said
coach Kelli Hill.
They finessed through all the media questions
about the deepest and most talented team in U.S. history losing
to Romania in the qualifiers 152.436 to 151.848. But, finally,
when the notebooks closed and the cameras were turned off,
the cracks showed.
McCool teared up, frustrated in particular
with her 9.250 floor routine in which she stepped out of bounds.
She knew she might not make any of the individual events.
Terin Humphrey sighed. Some of the
coaches put their arms around the gymnasts, telling them to
keep their chins up. But they looked anything but happy.
romanian-gymnastics.com Editor note:
I think their U.S. fans are happy to see them smiling. We
want to see our girls from romanian team look like they feel,
better crying on stage if they want and if this make them
feel better , better cry then faking smiles in front of
cameras to make us feel better. At last, gymnastics
is not a beauty contest, and sport involves both happinies
and tears.Hypocrisy is not so wide spread into European culture...it
was only recently imported via imported Tv shows programs
Speaking about "rombots?"...another time. Enough
to say just "Look who's talking".
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