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The Beat goes on...and on

 Shawn Johnson  held everyone off to win the Gold in the Balance Beam Competition....she just nudged out Nastia who took the silver, and China's Chang Fei the bronze. Again Bob Costas was looking for a conspiracy........as Nasita lost the gold in the uneven bars by a tie breaker, and Chang Fei won a bronze medal even though she fell on her knees during her vault..............but you know that all has to do with the rules......the tiebreakers are all set ahead of time....no one controls them.....but of course you can judge poorly...........that is always a problem but then if the competing country cannot judge then you must let other countries judge............we do that in wushu too...you may not judge your own students..........  , otherwise everyone would be crying unfair............everyone has the same limitations.......but, I still feel what's wrong with giving two Golds?  In World Wushu Competition we give a second Gold if they are tied.............they tried so hard and it's just the judges could not find any differences.  The degree of difficulty rule is what wushu borrowed to modify it's rules............you end up rewarding difficulty and not basics..........so everyone tries to do the most difficulties to win........and you might bobble or stop in your routine but if you can get enough bonus points you can still win..........in wushu this meant no one had any stances in their routines......only squats and half kneeling stances....because there were no deductions for it........whereas a horse stance had to be perfect to score...............how you set up the rules affects the quality of competition you get........maybe all this controversy is the fault of the Technical Committee(hey, isn't the US on that committee?).........let's not blame the athletes.......they practiced hard..........to get here........scoring problems are not theirs, nor does it have anything to do with a homefield advantage..........it just shows they ain't got it right yet.....no one usually complains but on a World Stage the shortcomings become obvious.

Li Xiao Peng adds another gold to China's gymnastic medals.

Also look out for He Chong considered by many to be tops in Men's Springboard competition, may mean more diving gold for China.

Christine Ohuruogu wins the Gold in the 400m sprint for Great Britain.

Still more to come as US Redeem Team........enters play against Australia next......the US has never lost to them........Jiayo USA!

In Baseball, the US Team will play for the bronze against Japan..........might make a difference if our National or American League superstars would compete in baseball..........with a lack of starpower it is being removed from the next Olympic Games along with softball....where we are too good.....US has not lost a game or given up a run........they had to use the mercy rule so the US Team would not pile on the other teams.

 In Water Polo US has qualified into the semi finals and will have to meet the other world power Hungry at some point.

I also look foward to seeing ourC beach volleyball duo of Misty May/Kerri Walsh....meet the Chinese in the finals fr the gold.............and frankly, I did not even know China had a team........where do they play in China?  And China will also take on Germany in Field Hockey...........interesting sport ice hockey played on grass.........

Ok, gotta go....cya!

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Yeah, you can't apply rules selectively! Wushu unfortunately, applied at a time when the IOC is trying to get rid of events and not add them......but several other reasons also exist.......one of course is most of thr Judges for Wushu are still chinese.......and if you talk about high level ones who can judge Nandu......even less. Li Qiang who is one of Beijing Team's top athletes and a cerified judge told me that the rules are so convoluted even China's top athletes cannot figure how to score a routine without the scorebook!! And in the USA, USAWKF...has only allowed it's own people to become certified to judge..........nothing like controlling the pool........but at Calwushu we have sidestepped that issue by using the rulebook ourselves! The crazy thing is that the new wushu rules were just borrowed from gymnastics....and the Nandu protion just grafted on from gymnastics.......so they created similar techniques and difficulties.......problem is only China can compete at that level................so the IOC did not want another sport that only one country dominates in........face it if China sent a full team they would blow everyone away.......other countries now win because China chooses not to compete in some events.......even the Beijing Tournament later this month China is not sending a full team...and have told some China athletes not to compete...........Softball suffers from that problem as the US Team is so dominate...so far in competition they have beat everyone and has allowed only one run! Baseball and Soccer are the next two sports slated to leave.........Soccer because they already have the World Cup.......and baseball frankly, is a shadow of it's real self with no star power.......that's important because it means money for the IOC.........Beach Volleyball, will remain because it has stars..........in Baseball non of the big stars want to play.......but because of the NBA taking the lead....it has meant a big in flux of sponsor money....of course you want to sponsor an event that Kobe will be in....gives your product a lot of exposure!! And JRS....you are right the cross training world wide is so important.......with the OLympics it can mean that athletes get a chance to see a different country at work....this is why it was so important to have the Games in China, it gives us a way to introduce the youth of China to different ideas and for them to find out what the world thinks of them.......if you just demonstrate for Human Rights outside of China ...the people in China probably won't hear about it....but if you get a chance to leave the country meet other athletes........then ideas can change.......for some people that's to slow.....but the radical politics of the 60's I don't believe work......you need to find a common ground to understand what each other is saying and thinking.....sports is such a ground. Again as Flagday says I am an Idealsit.......but I can always hope right!!
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