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Monday, August 18, 2008

One is Silver and the Other Gold

After the disappointment of not winning a team gold medal, Nastia Liukin earned the most coveted medal in elite gymnastics: the Olympic All-Around gold. She battled her teammate and friend, Shawn Johnson, for the top honor and in the end, came out golden. Shawn Johnson won silver in the all-around, which was noteworthy on its own. American women have NEVER gone 1-2 in the all-around. It was astonishing for us to even be on the all-around medal stand, let alone to have two American women there in the top two spots.

Speaking of medals, it's important to mention here that Alicia Sacramone DID NOT lose the gold medal for the United States in the team final. Even if she hadn't made the mistakes she made, the team still would not have won gold. It was not mathematically possible. I hope she realizes that and is able to let go of the guilt she was feeling about it being her fault.

The U.S. continued its medal haul in the event finals, where Shawn Johnson took silver in the floor exercise and Nastia Liukin was awarded the bronze. The uneven parallel bars saw another silver for Nastia, bringing her medal count to four, equal to her father's four Olympic medals won in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Balance Beam will be the final battle ground for Nastia and Shawn. That will be contested Tuesday at 6 p.m. Beijing time. That means that when I wake up in the morning, I can check the results since we are 13 hours behind China time. I really hope Shawn is able to get a gold medal in this event. She has the routine to do it and I would love to see her finish out her Olympics with at least one gold medal to compliment her trio of silver.

1 comment:

Jaime said...

I've missed all of the games so far and it bums me out. The gymnastics portion has always been a favorite, at least I know what's going on from you! ;)