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I don't think it is fundamentally different than the way it has been for as long as I remember. They change the code of points to require more harder skills (making the 10's very unlikely), but they haven't changed the basic way that routines are put together. Even when I was competing as a lowly class III-O I had to put my routine together with a certain number of B's, a smaller number of C moves, an acrobatic series, a dance series, a gym-acro series (combo of a dance skill and an acrobatic skill), etc.

I guess I meant the controversy over what the starting score of routines are.

From comments I heard it seemed like it wasn't that the gymnasts didn't want ties, but that the *Olympics* didn't want ties. So they made up or invoked already existing but seldom used tiebreaker rules for all of the sports. The commentators didn't try very hard at all to describe how it worked. It might not be all that hard in practice, but it probably requires more knowledge about how many judges are there and what they judge on and stuff like that. To insiders it might make perfect sense, but be less accessible to someone who hasn't ever heard the term "breve judge." I really don't know.

The Olympics as in the IOC? Are there tiebreakers in swimming? I would have sworn I saw a tie.

This is going to sound absolutely horrible. But this is the *only* reason that I'm okay with Tabitha Yim being injured and not making the US team. I'd guess that most, if not all, of the team will join the TJ Maxx Tour of Champions. For which they will be paid. Which will make them ineligible for NCAA. So at least I can watch Tabitha for 4 years at Stanford! (And if she bails like certain other gymnasts who said they would come to Stanford and then didn't - Dominique Dawes - I will be very upset.)

OK, I am really confused. I know the tour is a relatively recent thing - didn't it start with the 96 team? I know Hope Spivey competed for Georgia and she was an Olympian, but that would have been 1988 I think. Kim Kelly competed for Bama and she was selected for the 92 games but didn't compete..I can't remember that controversy though. Anyway this article definitely makes it sound as though she can both compete for Bama AND tour.

The situation becomes more difficult considering that the members of the national team each signed an agreement to participate in a 39-stop tour following the Olympics. The tour concludes on Nov. 10.

"We put her in classes on Tuesday and Thursday and just one on Monday, Wednesday and Friday," Patterson said. "My choice would be to have her here and fly her out to meet the tour, so she can start to get some sort of normal existence."

Can you help me figure this one out?:)

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