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About Beam and Floor Finals…

August 8, 2012

At the last day of such a long competition like the Olympics, it is understandable if the gymnasts are tired. And they were.

A lot of mistakes were seen in both beam and floor finals and I think it is safe to say that most of them were due to the gymnasts’ exhaustion.

 

The Chinese not only stayed on the beam, but showed very well executed routines, taking the gold and the silver medal, with Deng Linlin and Sui Lu, respectively. The third spot on the podium went for Aly Raisman, who won the tie-break against Catalina Ponor. On her interview on the Today Show, Aly admited she felt bad for Ponor, because she knows it is a really bad position to be in.

It really was Raisman’s day, and after nailing her tumbling passes and her energetic choreography on floor finals, she took the gold medal! Catalina isn’t the one to go home empty-handed and took the silver, with Mustafina in a surprising third (after another tie-braker, this time against Ferrari), becoming the most decorated female gymnast of the London Olympic Games.

 

Personally, I think the tie-breaking is the most upsetting rule of these Olympics. On the Women’s side, Raisman on the all-around, Ponor on the balance beam and Ferrari on floor, all deserved to share the bronze medal with the other girls. It is really unfair to decide that only one gets the medal, while the other girl who trained just as hard and delivered a performance just as great gets nothing. To me, those three girls are also champions and should be awarded!

 

Apart from the tie-breaks, I was very pleased with the results from the day 3 of event finals! The Chinese got some more individual medals, with Deng Linlin showing once again she is a strong and talented gymnast who should never be overlooked, and Sui Lu delivering one more gorgeous routine (even if she wasn’t too happy about the color of her medal). Raisman finally caught a break from the fourth-place curse, taking the confidence from her bronze medal on beam to get a gold one on floor! A very deserving end to a very hardworking girl! Ponor got a silver medal on floor after eight years from her Olympic gold on this apparatus! How awesome and hardcore is that? And to finish her amazing performance in London, Mustafina took one more medal to her collection, showing she is still that great gymnast from 2010 and also a true fighter.

 

What are your thoughts on beam and floor finals?

Leave on the comments below!

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  1. August 9, 2012 9:21 PM

    I’m so happy for Musty, surpassing my expectations and earning a bronze on floor, just over a year after her injury! It’s so impressive.
    I’m also mad at Vika for jumping off the beam. I really wanted her to win, but when she jumped off the beam instead of fighting, I felt no pity for her when she lost.

  2. August 10, 2012 12:13 PM

    I’m just wondering… could you tell me why Catalina Ponor got a full point deducted from her floor routine? Because she stuck all of her landings and had more difficult tumbling passes than Raisman, and they both executed their routines the same way… Why did Ponor get the silver and Raisman the gold? I think Ponor should’ve gotten gold… your thoughts?

    • August 10, 2012 3:52 PM

      Actually, Raisman’s difficulty score is higher than Ponor’s. Aly’s routine has a 6.5 d-score, while Catalina’s starts from a 6.2.
      As far as execution goes, Ponor got a 9.0 and Raisman got a 9.1. Now, even though Ponor had great landings, her tumbling passes are very messy in the air, while Raisman’s are cleaner (and her landings were also very good), so I think that would explain why she got a little higher e-score.

      In my honest opinion, although I love Ponor and her routine, Aly deserved the gold this time. She has incredible power on her tummbling and her overall performance has gotten way better too! :)

    • Mina permalink
      August 10, 2012 3:59 PM

      The easy answer is that Aly had .3 in difficulty over Ponor. Aly’s routine starts at a 6.5 and Catalina’s at a 6.2 – which means that Aly has the difficulty edge. The more complicated answer is that the execution was not identical. One of Ponor’s biggest issues in her gymnastics is her twisting form. She has helicopter legs when she twists; Aly on the other hand does not. Aly has her own form issues but, particularly in that routine, she fought hard to keep her legs straight, extended, and toes pointed in every element, both tumbling and dance. It would probably more text than can possibly be allotted for comments to dissect each and every element where both Aly and Catalina could have received deductions. The bottom line, however, is that with a 6.5 D score and a 9.1 execution from an event known for its harsh deductions, Aly absolutely earned her gold medal with a stunning performance. And Catalina, with a 6.2 D score and a 9.0 execution, which is phenomenal these days, absolutely earned her silver medal with a beautiful performance.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    August 13, 2012 10:50 PM

    its musty’s and vanessa’s routines that i believe should have been flip-flopped. the judges obviously didn’t notice musty’s helicopter legs considering vanessa had crisper form & landings but still received the lower e score of the two. vanessa had a difficulty edge over her as well. reputation is what really won musty this bronze medal imho.

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 14, 2012 9:47 PM

      Agree with you about this.Vanessa was the better tumbler. Aliya’s tumbling in the second half of the routine was messy and she also feel out of a turn. Also, I think the execution score should be dependent on the difficulty score and Vanessa had higher difficulty. I wish Vanessa had challenged her execution score. Really sad for her. If ever a gymnast deserved a bronze it was Vanessa.

      • pamnesiac permalink
        August 15, 2012 6:44 PM

        Yeah i am very sad for ferrari, it seems like she was fighting her body (she doesn’t have the most desired shape for a gymnast) and this was her last hurrah. Like she was putting up with all this crap just for this moment and she got screwed by the tie break and musty’s popularity. But don’t get it twisted, i love mustafina but this sucks for vanessa. Tie breaks shouldnt exist. Share the fkn wealth. At least for 3rd place only.

      • August 17, 2012 10:20 AM

        You’re not allowed challenge execution score, only difficulty. In a way it makes sense as judges would be second guessed and undermined if it was allowed. But, the system failed- Ferrari was screwed both by a lower mark than she deserved, and then by the tiebreak.

        • Anonymous permalink
          August 21, 2012 6:34 PM

          Thanks for the information about challenging the execution score. I’m now more informed!

    • pamnesiac permalink
      August 15, 2012 6:37 PM

      I absolutely agree with everything you just said!

      Especially the musty part.

      Well said. Thank you.

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