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But in my opinion, any competition that does not have objective criteria (most points scored, fastest time, most weight lifted) as the primary factor in determing the winner is not a real sport.

You're right in that any person on the street could not determine who won a gymnastics event in the same way that one can determine who wins a race or a football game. But the judges' scores ARE based on objective criteria. Do the judges' opinions differ? Sure. Are some judges corrupt? Almost certainly. But it's not as if they can just pull any number out of a hat and get away with it. I think something that could be helpful (although probably not practical) would be to require judges to submit what they deducted for each missed element or hop or step or whatever it is, so that it would be harder to manipulate the scores.

I understand why you don't like these events, but I also think that you underestimate the role of subjective foul calling in 'real' sports.

MsArden
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