This isn't park district sports, or a pageant where everybody gets a participatory trophy, or gym class where all the kids get an A for effort.
This is the Olympics. There are going to be heartbreaking finishes, devastating losses and decisions you just don't agree with.
We learned that when Jordyn Wieber was left out of the all-around finals. Yes, it was tough for her, and devastating, and just didn't seem fair. But those are the rules and Wieber and the rest of the gymnastics world knew those rules going into it.
And as for tiebreakers, there were just so many tiebreakers in the gymnastics finals. But would it really seem right if athletes shared a medal?
These Olympians work so hard and they earn the opportunity to claim their own title. It just doesn't seem like it would feel right to share a medal.
Gymnasts can come out on both sides of the spectrum, like Aly Raisman who missed out on all-around bronze but won the tiebreaker for a bronze on beam.
This is sports and that is how life works.