What’s controversy all about?
In 2004 Olympics, an all-star group of athletes from around world gathered together to compete for titles in gymnastics. In spirit of competition, there are always tensions between analysts and spokespersons about whether or not athletes deserve medals they receive. Sometimes, judges are found to be at fault for controversy, and other times fiasco is trumped up by uneducated speculation. In this case, Paul Hamm stir was due to an ancillary error.: judges mistakenly set his rival’s starting score at 9.9 rather than 10.0. Many believe that it is this error that cost Yang Tae Young, South Korean rival of Paul Hamm, all-around gold medal in gymnastics.
Gymnastics judging is not a science.
This is proven again and again. There is no mathematical way of measuring gymnastics routines -- in fact, gymnastics is perhaps one of most subjective sports of all. No goals are involved, as in soccer - no hoops like in basketball; no bullseyes are involved, as in archery; one does not go for distance or height, as in pole vaulting or shot put. In gymnastics, an athlete is judged on form, scored on perfection. It is exceedingly difficult to do so accurately, as there are no vectors that can be calculated to see if someone grasps hold of parallel bars incorrectly or lands with a wobble.
If you have ever been to a gymnastics competition, you probably understand that panels look at execution for their scoring: something that is full of twists and turns and is poorly executed will score lower than something that is simpler but perfectly executed. The criteria for measuring this aspect of gymnastics include stability and landings -- whether or not he or she wavered in element’s terminus, or held position for less than three seconds at end of routine, or took an extra step or stumbled. This does indeed lead to criticism of judges’ abilities to do their job, and leads also to mistakes in scoring.
Why does Paul Hamm deserve gold?
Paul Hamm, like any other athlete, is and was not a part of politics of game. He was there to compete, and indeed, he was there to win. This is goal of thousands of Olympic hopefuls around world -- to go to games and to show their skill at sport they love best. In all actuality, no athlete should have to deal with things Paul Hamm was forced through. It is entirely understandable that he should refuse to give up his medal -- gold is certainly not tainted; it was his and his alone. The mistakes of judges are not his to bear. He is an incredible gymnast, indeed.