Olympic Gymnastic Medals 2012: Another Shoo-in Falls Short
What is going on at these Olympics? Well, at least in the individual event finals?
A day after U.S. vaulter McKayla Maroney faltered on the vault and took silver, Great Britain's Beth Tweddle did the same on the uneven bars, taking a bronze medal.
Like Maroney, Tweddle came in as the favorite for her event. In fact, I, like many others, predicted she would take home the gold with ease on the uneven bars.
And, just like yesterday with Maroney, I was proven wrong again—which, I'm sure, makes some critics of predictions articles happy.
Russia's Aliya Mustafina scored a 16.133 on the event and was nearly flawless throughout her routine, as was China's He Kexin who scored a 15.933.
Tweddle was nearly flawless as well while on the uneven bars, but it was the landing that got her. After two large steps back on her landing, I think it was evident to her and the crowd that she would not be taking home gold.
According to Ollie Williams of BBC Sport, Tweddle didn't appear to be as upset as one might think after being relegated to the bronze position:
Asked if she might dwell on that moment, Tweddle said: "Do you know what? I don't care. Coming into London 2012 I had a few different routines. I went with that one; it could have gone totally wrong, and it didn't.
"I landed on my feet, I've got a medal around my neck and that's all I'm bothered about."
And for Maroney, the same holds true.
The Olympics are about seizing the moment and performing your best routine possible at that moment. Sometimes everything goes smoothly, while other times they don't.
But, the fact that Maroney took silver and Tweddle took bronze doesn't take away from the fact that they are still some of the best in the world for their specialties. One slip or step doesn't take away from that.
Sure, a gold medal would've been nice, but the fact that they got a medal in the Olympics says something about them.
How many young girls around the world grow up dreaming of being in the position that these two found themselves in? How many would do anything just to have that one moment, regardless of if there is a medal involved.
Tweddle and Maroney got to realize their Olympic dreams, and that alone is a memory that will last forever.
Now, in light of my predictions, my only hope is that I don't go 0-for-4 in all apparatus finals. For that to happen, Gabrielle Douglas is going to have to storm back from a disappointing eighth-place finish on the uneven bars and take home gold on the balance beam, and Aly Raisman is going to have to put together another solid routine.
If that can happen, then I'll be satisfied with going 2-for-4 on individual apparatus events.
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