« on: August 31, 2004, 02:41:11 PM »
I know this topic died awhile ago, but I just wanted to put my two cents in. (ok, it's a bit long, but it has good points...)
Personally, I feel that Hamm won it. However, it's more his attitude that really got to me. When the controversy was in the air (without the knowledge of the 0.2 deduction for the multiple holds) Hamm was being a bit whiny and his camp had a horrible "we only care about us" attitude. The American team reps were saying that whether it's fair or not, it's not their problem that the judges misjudged a routine. At that time, the 0.2 deduction was not discovered and their attitudes were like, it's not our problem. Also, the American commentators were being quite rude towards the Korean gymnast during the individual events. Comments such as "It's mean to say, but Hamm never made a mistake as large as Yang" Wait, didn't Paul fall on his ass?
I feel that Paul was not a gracious winner and it hurts the American image when the American party was not being empathetic towards other gymnasts. The Korean party stated that they didn't want to take away anything from Hamm because they feel that he deserved it, however they wanted things to be fair.
Not only that, the reason the Koreans were upset was because when they first questioned the score of the judges right after the event, they were delayed and pushed away. Then they were told they had to file a complaint AFTER the event, which was wrong information.
Every gymnast out there has trained as long as Hamm has, maybe longer. They have trained with the dream of winning the highest coveted prize in their sport. If someone was to tell you that because of a judge's error you missed what could have been your career climax... how would that make you feel? If Hamm understood this, I think (before the .2 deduction was discovered) he should have offered to share the gold in True Olympic spirit.
I've been reading a lot on the whole controversy and although the Korean does not technically deserve the gold, Hamm could have been a better reprsentative of the American spirit.