Liukin wins gold, Johnson silver in gymnastics : BEIJING - Nastia Liukin won the gold medal in women's gymnastics Friday, beating teammate and friend Shawn Johnson. Liukin, whose father was a double gold medalist for the Soviet Union 20 years ago, finished with 63.325 points, more than a half-point ahead of Johnson, the reigning world champion. Johnson finished with 62.725. Yang Yilin of China won the bronze medal.
Awesome display by all competitors.
I have three questions for all of the posters in SpoFi:
1. Do you realize the mental toughness it takes to compete in the All-Around in gymnastics in the Olympics? No doubt there is talent, opportunity, and practice, but if you choke on ONE event, you are screwed. Not one "play" to let up. You can't once "walk someone intentionally". If you fumble, it is OVER. Miss the final 3-point shot and you don't even medal.
2. These WOMEN (not girls) take the beating of a lifetime to get to where they are. If you were watching closely (in HD), you could easily see the incredible number of bruises Nastia and K. Semenova had on their legs and forearms leading into and during this competition. How about the number of wrist supports the Chiniese had? Some of them had layers upon layers just to compete. Even Pro hockey players have to be amazed that they could still perform.
3. Michael Phelps has been truely amazing. Don't bother to ask him because they aleady did. Even he is astounded at the performance of these under 21 SUPER athletes. Don't they deserve the same respect? Anywhere from 4-10 years of preparation....Nastia '(That Ms. Liukin) if you know shit' and Shawn deserve every bit of respect we can muster. YOU GO (WOMEN)
Posted by a 10 year gymnast who was resigned to being an NCAA cheerleader (which was spectacular).