Though United States moves into the Olympics 2012 gymnastics finals, but their best bet was barred because the rules didn’t favour her. Despite being the fourth best player among the top two dozen gymnasts who moved to the finals, she was not allowed to go to the final as only two players from each country can only go up despite their other teammates being better than the rest of the competitors.
So this means if a country invests huge amount of money on producing the best athletes and five gymnasts are able to compete in the Olympics, only two will go to the finals, despite their squad being the best and all the five of them being better than the rest.
World’s top gymnast Jordyn Wieber who is also the world champion will not be able to compete in the finals of the Olympics 2012 women gymnastics event. While two other top US gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas will be there to get the medal for their team, Wieber’s absence has stunned US gymnastics fans.
Many readers have criticised the archaic rule of the Olympics committee saying that instead of taking the best forward, the Olympic committee was limiting the competition. Her presence was reassuring for US gymnastics fans as in the last two Olympics US team failed to win the medal despite being the world champions.
A disappointed fan says, “Where the unfairness lies is that Jordyn is definitely a better gymnast than the top 2 qualifiers from other countries. Her score from the qualifying rounds will prove that she is. However, because of the 2 person rule, she will not even have a chance despite having a higher score than other qualifiers. They should not give a spot to another person who scored lower just because they didn’t have to compete with the powerhouse girls of the US for a spot”.
Another reader has this to say, “The rule was labeled “stupid” as it requires the best two athletes from every country to advance instead of the best regardless of country advance. The US team had three of the best athletes overall but only two of them advanced. There were several inferior athletes that got to advance because they happen to be from another country. Some people would rather watch the best in the world compete in finals regardless of how many different countries advance that far”.
A diehard Weiber fan says, “I think her performance was extremely underscored. Gaby Douglas took sooo many steps out of bounds she should have been out of the all-around finals. It is so stupid Jordyn is such a wonderful performer and gymnast there is no way she should have been beaten for the all around. Ali raisman had a wonderful competition and she earned her spot, I feel as though the judges took so much of Jordyn’s performance for a small mistake while Gaby DOuglas took at least 4 steps out of bounds. I think it is ridiculous and that it is a very stupid rule to not allow the top 21 gymnasts in the world to compete. So stupid. These judges are being far too strict and they made a horrible choice, I feel as though the chance for the U.S. to bring the All Around gold home has been lost”.
Another reader says, “This isn’t clay shooting. Most female gymnasts nowadays have a very small window to compete at the ultimate top level. Unfortunately for most female gymnasts one Olympics is all they are ever hoped to see. You have to question because of this fact, why the International Gymnastic Committee don’t allow everyone in the top 10 qualify instead of only allowing the top two from each country. The rule basically stifles the talent in the all-around finals which is stupidity!”