Before it was terrible. Now THE 2008 OLYMPICS AINT WORTH S**T !!!!!

@dloveli (4369)
United States
August 18, 2008 7:53am CST
For those of you who are familiar with my discussions lately, I have been extremely upset with the Chines government and anyone else in charge of helping with the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China. The way that innocent families were forced to sacrifice their daughters due to their looks, people being killed, pollution etc. Some of these things couldnt be helped others could have been handled differently. But last night I truly saw the Olympics for what they were. A fraud. Yesterday was the girls individual events in gymnastics. Alicia Sacramone did her vaults with few minor errors and was penalized extremely. Mind you that she didnt fall or anything. Now up comes China's gymnast and the girls vault had a high difficulty level. When she completes the vault she falls to her knees. This is a major deduction of points. According to the olympic sports analysts, with all the errors the chinese gymnast had it should've taken her down a full point and a half below all other girls. NOT She got a medal and Alicia didnt. WHAT? How fair is that? Bella Carolli was with the olympic analysts and said he had never before seen such an injustice. He was literally crying. COme on! How fair is that? I will never watch to Olympics again. Im sorry but China did a terrible job with hosting the games. I have never felt so disinterested in anything in my entire life. dl
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• United States
18 Aug 08
I agree - those scores were ridiculous. Virtually every gymnast except Alicia stepped out of the bounds or even fell and she only scored higher than ONE of them. Absolutely unfair. I will not boycott other Olympic games, and I will continue to watch the gymnastics event finals. But I'm waiting to see how else the scores will be screwed up - clearly the Chinese gymnasts are being favored. They are many times getting higher scores than they deserve (although not always). It's absolutely unfair and ridiculous that it's being allowed to continue like it has been.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
18 Aug 08
If we can see this from the television, why cant olympic officials see this. I believe they do but dont want an international incident on their hands. This is a reason to show our distaste for the ongoing infarctions that Chinese officials feel its okay to committ. dl
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
24 Aug 08
I only watched the opening on television that was quite theatrical and I like that, all the colours and the artists performing. I didn't watch any of the games and judging from your discussions I am happy I didn't. I used to watch rhytmic gymnastics and ice skating games all the time, not olympic ones but the general games that are one every week. I allways wanted to be a rhytmic gymnastist or an ice skater but because of my balance impairment that's pretty much not possible . So I figured watching it would still be something, and so I do know a little about how points work etc. for errors made. Dropping to your knees is indeed a mayor error, even if you land and made a little hop there are points taken off. It's a shame for the olympics that such injustice can be done without people taking action. I feel sorry for all the people who have trained for months and months and are now heavily penalized for small errors that are usually not penalized that heavy.
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
26 Aug 08
In my opinion, it was a disaster. So many innuendos of cheating and dishonesty. Only china will know the real truth. I am surprised at the way the Chinese government portrayed themselves. It was positively, that is for sure. I am glad it's over. I hear they are investigating some issues of deceit. It is said that they will be banned if any of it is proven to be true. As I said, I am glad its over. dl
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@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
26 Aug 08
Good thing that at least they are seeing in to some of these issues, it sounds like it sure was terrible and I'm glad I didn't watch. If there was indeed deceipt in the games they deserve to be banned from the olympics.
@youless (93709)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Aug 08
You have to ask the judges about the scores they gave to the gymnasts. Aren't they much more professional than us? We are audiences, and how much we really know about the gymnastics? Today the scores are combined by A and B scores. And you have to also see the difficulty. Just because USA lost it and we won it and you said it's unfair. Such kind of unfair facts are many, including the past Olympics. You have to know the judges come from different countries. And it's not possible that all of them judge the winner just because she is from China. It doesn't make a sense.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
24 Aug 08
I do agree that its not a specific country as far as the judging is concerned. I dont think that the judges are all trying to be intentionally unfair. I know there is also alot of pressure in being a judge. I dont care what country it is, I think there is alot of side deals and bias going on. The information I based my opinions on was Yahoo News. I get no kind of personal satisfaction bashing someone. I am a good person my friend. I am not out to get anyone. I am however, upset at the lengths the people in charge of putting on these games went to be the best. I am sorry for all involved. I have friends from many nations and we are all equally upset at the way things have been going. dl
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@youless (93709)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Aug 08
If you think so, I am afraid that all the judges won't be qualified to be the judges. I just think how difficult it will be to control all of them. I know China unexpectedly to win so many medals. Some people are upset because they are no longer the number one. If you saw the 10M diving match, you will know that the winner is from Australia. Yes, it's out of my expectation but it's true. I am a little upset because we lost it, but I have to say that the Australian diver did better. So he deserved the gold medal. You have to see our Chinese also applauded to this winner. Just be generous and kind to them. Don't ever expect others to fail, you get to do better than others.
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I totally agree with you! I was going to skip the Olympics, but then my kids wanted to see the opening ceremonies, and we watched it together and, being the open minded individual that I am, thought maybe I had been too hasty in my decision to ignore the Olympics jsut because they're in China. So I was blown away by the opening, then found out about computer generated fireworks, etc... The whole issue with the Chinese gymnasts is just a travesty. But it's not just gymnastics this is happening in. It's womens diving too. Granted our female divers gave less than stellar performances, but there were divers from other countries that were scoring low on dives that had been done just as well or better than the chinese. Not to mention now there are stories surfacing of Christians having their bibles confiscated by the Chinese, restrictions being put on journalists, etc..the whole thing has become ridiculous.
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@dloveli (4369)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Normally I dont pay attention to rumors. In this case, I believe every single one of them. Since day one there has been nothing but innuendo. What they did to their own people performing in the opening ceremonies was bad enough. It doesnt surprise me in the least that they would deface bibles, put restrictions on journalists etc. They need to be held responsible. Isnt their something they can be held accountable for. I guess being *ss**les isnt a punishable offense.dl
@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
26 Aug 08
Oh, I really wasn't watching the Olympics but if the other didn't get the points then maybe there were other things that were looked into not only the faults but also the execution and stuff like that .
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
26 Aug 08
From the latest update, It seems theyve started an investigation. They must have found enough evidence to look into the matter further. I am glad its over. This is the first time I have really been disgusted by what's going on. dl
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@joyadalia (1409)
• Philippines
26 Aug 08
I hope it gets resolved soon .
@DCMerkle (1281)
• United States
19 Aug 08
....and the scores just keep on getting more ridicules. I understood the break down of the tie breaker between the U.S. and China, but the one thing that I kept thinking was why did they change the scoring system? I missed that I know, but was it absolutely imperative that it be changed? Now, it seems to me that the OIC had to approve of the software that is being used, but didn't they work the bugs out of it before it was used in this olympics? China just seems to be taking advantage of the whole thing Another thing that I find wasn't sure of, but tonight they mentioned the Australian judge not being fair in the scoring of Nastia? Are we going to have another judge investigated like we have before? This will be an olympics that will be remembered for a long time to come. DCMerkle
@dloveli (4369)
• United States
19 Aug 08
I think you have said it all. There's nothing that could change my views on these games. I feel for the athletes. These people have trained for the competitions of their lives. Its sad that all that was overshadowed by negative publicity. I am shocked at China's behavior. You would think that they wouldnt want the world to know that they're cheaters, and dont respect its own citizens. I guess not. We may never know what they were thinking. Thanks for you response. dl