About Beam and Floor Finals…
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.
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