Paul Hamm: Did He Deserve Gymnastics Gold in 2004?

Written by Murray Hughes

Whatísrepparttar controversy all about?

Inrepparttar 140908 2004 Olympics, an all-star group of athletes from aroundrepparttar 140909 world gathered together to compete for titles in gymnastics. Inrepparttar 140910 spirit of competition, there are always tensions between analysts and spokespersons about whether or not athletes deserverepparttar 140911 medals they receive. Sometimes, judges are found to be at fault forrepparttar 140912 controversy, and other timesrepparttar 140913 fiasco is trumped up by uneducated speculation. In this case,repparttar 140914 Paul Hamm stir was due to an ancillary error.:repparttar 140915 judges mistakenly set his rivalís starting score at 9.9 rather than 10.0. Many believe that it is this error that cost Yang Tae Young,repparttar 140916 South Korean rival of Paul Hamm,repparttar 140917 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 ofrepparttar 140918 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 ofrepparttar 140919 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 inrepparttar 140920 elementís terminus, or held position for less than three seconds atrepparttar 140921 end ofrepparttar 140922 routine, or took an extra step or stumbled. This does indeed lead to criticism ofrepparttar 140923 judgesí 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 ofrepparttar 140924 politics ofrepparttar 140925 game. He was there to compete, and indeed, he was there to win. This isrepparttar 140926 goal of thousands of Olympic hopefuls aroundrepparttar 140927 world -- to go torepparttar 140928 games and to show their skill atrepparttar 140929 sport they love best. In all actuality, no athlete should have to deal withrepparttar 140930 things Paul Hamm was forced through. It is entirely understandable that he should refuse to give up his medal --repparttar 140931 gold is certainly not tainted; it was his and his alone. The mistakes ofrepparttar 140932 judges are not his to bear. He is an incredible gymnast, indeed.

5 Tips For Motivating Your Gymnast Ė A Basic Overview

Written by Murray Hughes

For every gymnast, there is a different motivational need. This isrepparttar same in anything, really -- we all have different ways in which we are given confidence in ourselves, no matter what we do. Whether we write or draw, sing or dance, we all need encouragement. Indeed, gymnasts need encouragement in their sport more than many, because they are actually attempting to train their bodies and their minds in order to move correctly, to be able to takerepparttar 140907 strain ofrepparttar 140908 sport. As a parent of a gymnast, there are many ways in which you can motivate your child. Some of them might work. Some of them might not. Find what is most comfortable for you and your gymnast and stick with it. Itís easier for you both that way.

Show Interest

First and foremost, in order to motivate a child--most certainly a gymnast--you need to show interest in what they are doing. If he or she feels as though you are uninterested inrepparttar 140909 sport as a whole, then they may become discouraged all together. How do you show interest, even if gymnastics arenít your absolute favorite sport inrepparttar 140910 world? Actually, itís pretty easy. First, you can warm up with them before they train. Join in with their stretches or their jogging, if you can. It feels good and it sets an example. If you donít want to run around with them, then you can ask them about their days at practice. What did they do? What did they learn? Many young gymnasts will jump atrepparttar 140911 chance to teach their parents something. It gives themrepparttar 140912 sense that you have things to learn from them, and all around, it is a wholesome feeling. Finally, itís a good idea to attend at least one of their practices every once in a while. Makerepparttar 140913 effort. It will be worthwhile for everyone concerned. Also, good communication withrepparttar 140914 coaches can be established there, which can certainly be beneficial.


Education aboutrepparttar 140915 sport is a great way to motivate your young gymnast! Forrepparttar 140916 enthusiast, this should be an easy matter. Just take care not to overwhelm your child with too much information at once. There is no dearth of exciting information out there about gymnastics, fromrepparttar 140917 types of maneuvers that can be made inrepparttar 140918 many variations ofrepparttar 140919 sport: rings, vaulting, parallel bars, and so on., torepparttar 140920 salaries of professional gymnastics specialists in circuses and theatrical shows, torepparttar 140921 accomplishments of gymnasts aroundrepparttar 140922 globe. This can certainly foster interest. If indeed it does, then encourage them to pursue it!

Positive Feedback

When your child is involved with gymnastics, it is always good to offer them positive feedback, no matter what they do. Instead of pointing out flaws directly, you should give them praise for what they did correctly in their drills or in their competitions. Donít allow them to get down about doing things incorrectly or incompletely -- instead, keep their spirits up by telling them to repeat what they did correctly before. This is usually used in conjunction with constructive criticism, and it generally worksrepparttar 140923 best out of all ofrepparttar 140924 motivational methods forrepparttar 140925 most people. For some, it can be somewhat irritating; some actually prefer honest criticism so that they can improve by knowing what they did wrong. Forrepparttar 140926 majority, it is heartening to hear someone say, ďWell, this was really impressiveÖĒ

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