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    Faked smiles: U.S. team smiles? Yeah, right...

Seth Wickersham
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.

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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 Jerry Springer-like.
Speaking about "rombots?"...another time. Enough to say just "Look who's talking".

 


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