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http://sports.yahoo.com/oly/gymnastics/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpcTEybmJhBF9TAzk2NjcyOTgwBHNlYwN0bQ--?slug=ks-gym0823&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

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With so many factors determining a competitor's marks, you can never completely control your own fate – and the best man or woman does not always win.

In fact, for gymnasts, the order in which you compete can have as much to do with your score as your actual performance. Those who go first endure lower scores, so the judges have room to grade upwards if the gymnasts who follow turn in a better routine.

A gymnast's reputation often determines their placement and a judge's mistake can be difference between a gold medal winner and someone who never reaches the podium.

Monday, Russian Alexei Nemov's draw landed him in the middle of pack and his score was kept low to leave room for the competitors to follow.

This scoring practice has been around forever. But many are just starting to understand the things that transpire behind the scenes, and they are not happy about it.

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Charlie

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