Posted on 10 August 2008 by admin
We’ve explained the new gymnastic scoring here on our site , and theoretically, the scoring is an improvement over the past, allowing for two directions of excellence: that of increasing difficulty as well as of increasing precision in executing routines.
After the first night of men’s preliminary competition, the qualifying round, it is indeed interesting that Tim Daggett felt compelled to go on the air with this statement on NBC that he feels there is something amiss with the way the men’s routines are being judged in Beijing. He appears to be saying that each routine is not only evaluated by judges on the floor but that behind the scenes, judges are in front of screens possibly watching slow motion playbacks of each routine. He is intimating that there is too much micromanaging of the scoring from the top down, and that for the sake of athletes who trained their whole lives for this moment, this changing rules in the middle of competition has to stop.
We await more news on why the judging in Beijing has provoked this kind of serious critique after only one day of gymnastic competition.