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Bondy: Cruel world of gymnastics takes toll on Sacramone (New York Daily News)
It was agonizing enough when Alicia Sacramone fell off the beam and later tumbled on her butt during the floor exercise at the team event. But then on Sunday night she finished fourth in the vault behind a gymnast who landed on her knees instead of her feet. More...
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No individual vault final medal for Alicia Sacramone, as she finishes 4th to Chinese gymnast Cheng Fei who lands on her knees instead of her feet; Romanian Sandra Izbasa wins the floor final gold, Shawn Johnson wins silver and Nastia Liukin wins bronze; Sasha Artemev finishes 7th on pommels because of a mess-up - not the same he could deliver for the team qualifiers and final as the US men won bronze: [QUOTE] "Everything hit me at once," Sacramone said, fighting back tears. "I definitely had to pull myself together. The last couple of days have not been easy. It's time I get a vacation. It was a very stressful, good learning experience. I'm excited to go home." Not every story ends with eight gold medals at the Olympics. On Sunday the U.S. gymnasts learned how the other 99.999% deal with defeat, or at least the absence of total victory. Sacramone suffered her disappointment, heaped on frustration. Alexander Artemev lost his focus on the pommel horse soon after completing the hardest part of his routine, falling off for a seventh place finish. Then at the close of the long night, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin were dropped from first and second place, down to second and third on the floor exercise. The final gymnast, Sandra Izbasa of Romania, passed them both by sticking all her passes and landings. "Everything hit me at once," Sacramone said, fighting back tears. "I definitely had to pull myself together. The last couple of days have not been easy. It's time I get a vacation. It was a very stressful, good learning experience. I'm excited to go home." Not every story ends with eight gold medals at the Olympics. On Sunday the U.S. gymnasts learned how the other 99.999% deal with defeat, or at least the absence of total victory. Sacramone suffered her disappointment, heaped on frustration. Alexander Artemev lost his focus on the pommel horse soon after completing the hardest part of his routine, falling off for a seventh place finish. Then at the close of the long night, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin were dropped from first and second place, down to second and third on the floor exercise. The final gymnast, Sandra Izbasa of Romania, passed them both by sticking all her passes and landings. [/QUOTE] Don't count out the Romanians. What Alicia Sacramone's coach says: [QUOTE] "I know how she's a fighter," Mihai Brestyan said Sunday. "I don't know what happened this time. She took too much on herself. She forgot her own personal duties as a gymnast." Sacramone said she couldn't help but worry about Peszek. "I was the team captain," she said. "It's my responsibility to the team." [/QUOTE] Too much "team", the "team", "team" "team" "team", etc..... Sacramone's vault: [QUOTE] In any case, she wasn't bad Sunday on the vault. But Sacramone had the misfortune of going first, when judges want to leave plenty of room at the top. And her start value, or degree of difficulty, was a low 5.8 on the second of two vaults. This just isn't her best event, and Sacramone can't perform the trickiest of tricks. She was beaten by gold medalist Hong Un Jong of Korea, by Oksana Chusovitina of Germany and by Cheng Fei of China. Cheng landed terribly on her second vault and immediately began to start bawling. But her start value was 6.5, so she ended up beating Sacramone for the final medal, by .025 points. This was no consolation to Cheng, 20, who was terribly miserable about her own failure under intense pressure to win a gold. She was still crying in the mixed zone, and told Chinese reporters they would not have her to kick around four years from now. "It's just the way competitions are," she said. "I can't keep it up until London. Women's gymnastics is changing too much." Both Sacramone and Brestyan thought that Cheng should have scored lower, and lost the bronze. "Considering she landed on her knees, I thought the deduction would be higher," Sacramone said. [/QUOTE] Cheng Fei has had enough too.
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That article is wrong: "Cheng landed terribly on her second vault and immediately began to start bawling. But her start value was 6.5, so she ended up beating Sacramone for the final medal, by .025 points." They had her on the camera in the NBC broadcasting of the competition - and she did not start bawling right after her vault fall - none of the coverage showed her crying actually. In her 2nd vault she landed on her knees and put 2 hands on the mat. Alicia Sacramone and her coach Mihai are right - Alicia did deserve the bronze. Cheng Fei was not scored correctly and the right amount of deducations were not taken for her vault fall - the knees and the 2 hands down. I agree with Bela Karolyi - it was a rip off! After Cheng Fei's vault, Sacramone hugged her and consoled her - it kind of looked like Sacramone was surpried Cheng Fei wasn't more emotional and upset about her fall. Anyone know what Cheng Fei yelled out right before her 2nd vault?
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Cheng Fei was crying after her floor routine, not vault. Vault was the first final, then floor. Cheng Fei fell on floor. Anyone speak Chinese that know what Cheng yelled right before doing her 2nd vault? http://www.gymchat.com/messageboards/showthread.php?p=80291#post80291
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Great job Alicia Sacramone, you deserved the bronze on the vault final.
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Total rip off - the judges missed out on the deductions for Cheng Fei's vault - it wasn't just the landing that she got deductions on, which she fell on her knees, and put both hands down, but also on her form and exection of the vault, before the landing: legs apart, not square and wrong position hands when hitting the vault. Cheng Fei is the 3 time reigning world champion on vault, and perhaps with less experienced judges (as the judges cannot come from the countries that are competing in the final), they missed on taking the correct deductions, and judging correctly.
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[quote=punchfront;80187] Cheng Fei has had enough too.[/quote] Tough training for the Chinese Gymnastics National Team: "GYMNAST A HEARTBREAK KID (New York Post)" http://www.gymchat.com/messageboards/showthread.php?t=75490
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