I saw the girls gymnastic qualifications last night and the USA should be top dog in this sport. The problem is the IOC rules state that for the all-around, it won’t be the top 24 gymnists in the world but the top 2 scorers during qualifying from each country. The number one seated gymnist, who happens to be on team USA came in third in team points during qualifying and did not get a slot.. Her name is Jordyn Wieber.
Know it says she will still go for individual gold on the floor and will work to get team gold but I wonder. Aren’t the Olympics about competition and hasn’t America, as of late, promoted equality when competing (everyone wins–there are no losers). When I see the USA athletes upset when receiving a lesser medal than gold, I get upset. With the best in the world competing against you, ANY medal should be jubilation. So what are we really teaching our kids? Do we really want be a part of this horrid spectacle that has winners AND LOSERS associated with it? And this is just about sports. What about competition in the work force? I think the games, as they stand now, promotes the wrong ideology for those young American minds and causes bad feelings in individuals. Either the athletes all get gold or we boycott the games. After all, isn’t it about “feelings”?