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US Gymnasts Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas There are advantages and disadvantages to being part of a team so strong that it is nearly impossible to determine who its star is. This is the position the United States Women’s Gymnastics Team finds itself in today.

On the one hand, the three gymnasts (Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas) who competed in all four events during the qualifying round today did their job – along with specialists Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney – putting the US in first place going into team finals. On the other hand, there is a rule that limits only two gymnasts per country to qualify to all around finals and each of the event finals, too, in order to prevent a medals sweep from happening (like it did with the Romanians in Sydney). As the result of this rule, Jordyn Wieber will not be competing in the All Around finals. Why not? Because teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas were stronger in the qualifying round than Jordyn was. 

Prelim AA scores for Raisman, Douglas, Wieber 

As you can see from the scores from prelims in the graphic above, there is less than half a point separating the three American gymnasts. It is heartbreaking for Jordyn – she is the reigning World All Around Champion and she has been the focus of so much media attention for the past two years – but I just can’t help but be so happy for Aly and Gabby, too. They have worked just as hard as Jordyn and are just as deserving of the opportunity. 

The big question has to do with the rule. Is it fair? Wieber is not the only athlete affected by it. Russia’s Anastasia Grishin, China’s Yoa Jinnan and Great Britain’s Jennifer Pinches are affected too.  What do you think?

Photo from Universal Sports Facebook page.

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P&G “Kids 2012” Olympics Commercial

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Normally when I am watching TV when it comes time for the commercials I get up, walk around, refill my water, or fold a load of laundry – EXCEPT when watching the Superbowl or the OLYMPICS! During last night’s Opening Ceremony I didn’t dare move at commercial time – I might miss something!  There were quite a few really good commercials (which I will be highlighting during the next few weeks) and I lost track of how many brought tears to my eyes. Here is one of my favorites, so far:

Procter & Gamble has got the number of Moms around the world! They have figured out how to make us bawl – out of pride, love, and watching our own experiences as Moms flash before our eyes. As I watched their latest commercial in their Olympic series – Kids 2012 – the reality of my own journey as a sports mom pulled at my hearts strings as I sat watching the Opening Ceremonies with my 16 year old son (who was born during the Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta) who is now a High School & Summer League swimmer, my 14 year old daughter who just retired from a life long career as a gymnast and is now embarking on a new journey as a cheerleader, and my 10 year old daughter who swims year round, but loves just about every sport she tries. At that moment I felt blessed, proud, and wanted to stop time!! As much as I love being a sports Mom, I don’t want them to grow up – they will always be little kids to me!

Well played Procter & Gamble.

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Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the Opening Ceremonies outfit

US Olympic Volleyball player Misty May Treanor posted this photo of herself and Kerri Walsh showing off the outfit for tonight’s Olympic Opening Ceremonies on her Facebook page.

What do you think of the outfit? Are you excited for the Games to begin?

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