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[Dec 1st] US media get drunk with plain water...again

U.S. women's gymnastics early favorites (AP story)
Too bad the Beijing Olympics aren't for another three years. After their showing at last week's gymnastics world championships, the American women look ready to go right now.
The U.S. women dominated the rest of the world in Melbourne, Australia, winning nine of the 15 medals available, and finishing 1-2 in the all-around, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise. They also won a bronze on vault, giving them a medal in every event.
"Gaining nine medals in one single competition probably would be the dream of any strong gymnastics nation all over the world," Martha Karolyi, the national team coordinator, said Wednesday. "These results showed the confidence that everything can be done through hard work and discipline, and we are determined to work even harder to maintain the supremacy of what we achieved at these world championships." The American women had never won more than five individual medals at a world championships, and their nine medals matches the best showing ever by any country. Romania also won nine medals in 1987, taking home four golds, one silver and four bronze.
Romania, gold medalists at the last two Olympics and winner of five of the last six world team titles, is in disarray. The team was briefly disbanded last summer after a series of discipline problems, and head coach Octavian Belu said he and assistant Mariana Bitang are considering going to China to coach.
While a lot can happen in the next three years, the U.S. showing at worlds establishes the Americans as the early favorites in Beijing.

[romanian-gymnastics.com comments:]
...Really? US media have a long tradition of "getting drunk with plain water" ; it has something to do with the long commented Americans overconfidence. If you have too much of it, it's almost dangerous.The above article reminds me of another (moron) article written by the IG magazine, before Worlds: it said like that because Khorkina is so appreciated (or something), she almost deserve to get medals at Athens Olympics; the idea was like they have to give her the medals simply because she is such a big star. Such "talented" writers made the sport press being so low.

I like the US gymnastics and they did a great job in Melbourne; I respect Martha's work on team and the way she handle the girls moral. But ...It's still a long way to Beijing and there it wouldn't be like in Los Angeles (without many gymnastics powers being present) or Worlds-with Romanian gymnastics in turmoil of changing generations and no national coaches.
  
  Neverless, let's see what a US gymnastics fan have to comment:


         Romanian Gymnastics fans  COMMENT OF THE WEEK

The Romanian for the last 2 quads have done poorly individually for the last to worlds and overall are very practical!!! The majority of the team does the minimum to get by with decent score, which is why they lost in Atlanta, which they performed the same as they always did, just the US and Russia had a better day of hitting all the big skills.

Look, 1997: Team gold, but can any of you name all six members in 10 seconds...NO. Why, because the whole team doesn't stand out. AA- no medal; Vault, gold and bronze, BUT the Phelps is worth $H1T!!! and they were over scored, so I question that. Beam, don't get me started. Kui, KHorkina, and Ludivine Furnon (spelling). Ludivine was underscored, as was Kui (big time). So maybe a bronze for Gogean. As for floor, Fair. BUT WERE THERE ANY NEW FACES THAT WON AN INDIVIDUAL MEDAL...no!

Same for 2001, team gold, But had Raducan retired, no individual medals.

Now in 2005, they get one individual medal, but had Daniela Sofronie stayed... medal in the AA, and Floor. If there was a team competition, I believe they would be top 3. Again, if you disagree, name all the team members from 2001 in 9 seconds... YOU CAN'T!!!.
So a bunch of unknowns would have earned another team medal. Everyone believes Belu was the best, I think he was another Archiave (spelling) of Russia, who (if you have IG mag) would see how he killed off other coaches so he could have all the glory, common Archeiave, you can't be that good of a coach, besides none of your personal gymasts were the back bone a the team.

So with Belu gone, I think Romanian will produce more artistic gymnasts. Remember Alexandra Marinescu? She had big skills, but since she was from the Bucharest Team, Belu took her out of the AA a few times and put her on the back burner, I am sure there are other gymnast out there who come from Alexandra gym, but have been ignored because of Belu.

Romania's priority is winning gold a big competitions, that's why they skipped the 2002 Euro team comp. They have done this before. Imagine if they try real hard, you think in 2008 everyone will be like "Romania is good, after all they are the 2005 team champs" ...NO. No one cares who won worlds the year after the Olympics, It's mainly scavengers, which is how khorkina picked up to AA titles (except 2003, the best).
I am not degrading Khorkina or the Romanians, I am just explaining their tactics. So, everyone get off your high pony, Romanian cannot be judged by this one competition.
I am not saying that they will be the 2008 Olympic Champs, but they are not doomed because of Belu. Don't forget, programs peak at different times (EXCEPT FOR CHINA, they will never peak, or hit when it counts.

P.S. Whoever thought china would be awesome at this worlds cuz of the Asian Games is as $tupid as the people who base their World/Olympic predictions on the American Cup. Both competitions are fixed!!!!! Nuff Sed!!!! JUDGING 101


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