Protect the Team

It’s Thursday quote day, and if you’ve been following the Olympics this week, you couldn’t have missed the news and the debate about USA gymnast, Jordyn Wieber, failing to compete for the all around title after finishing behind two of her USA teammates, since the rules stipulate that countries can only have two gymnasts in the all-around finals. Part of the debate had to do with the order in which the individual USA gymnasts competed, with some questioning why Wieber didn’t go last on the floor exercise, since apparently judges often give higher scores to the final performer in an exercise. Here’s what Bela Karolyi had to say about team coordinator Martha Karolyi’s lineup order: (more…)