July 23, 2004

The Olympics' First 10

Just heard a story on NPR hawking a book on the Olympics. Among other things, a cheating story surrounding the 1976 women's gymnastics competition caught my attention. It appears that in order t screw the Romania team out of the team victory, the Soviet & other satellite judges were inflating USSR women's scores, giving them 9.9 and 9.95 scores. When Nadia Comenichi came and gave a clearly superior performance, they had no choice but to score her higher but there was no higher score but 10.

It just goes to show, even when you're the little guy, even when you've got everything stacked against you, sheer talent and drive can get you to the top.

Posted by TMLutas at July 23, 2004 09:00 AM