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To give all 19 instead of the 6 we saw their fair shake would have required that NBC double the coverage, and that ain't gonna happen outside an Olympic year. I don't want all 19 to have "a fair shake" - I'd just like to see, maybe, the first place floor routine. It can be done. They just have to lay off the stupid commentary. In fact, they can still do most of the stupid commentary. They just have to lay off the *repetition* of the same exact stupid commentary. (Seriously. I was 8 in 1984 and had just started taking gymnastics. So, you know, my love for the Mary Lou Retton knows few bounds. If even I thought that they needed to shut up about her, they need to.) I think we look pretty weak in women's gymnastics this time around. After you get past Nastia and Chellsie, we don't seem to have too many reliable performers. This for sure ain't no Magnificent 7, and if we're gonna get more than a few individual scraps in Beijing, Marta K. and company better get their crap together posthaste. Sort of. We wouldn't want to peak too soon, so I think that for 2 years before the Olympics, we're doing pretty well. We have dominated in international competition lately anyway. And there are also 8 or 9 gymnasts moving up from juniors next year. If we go the same route as last time with the event specialists - well, we do have quite a few gymnasts who could handle one or two events very well. All of which is to say - I don't think we're in trouble at all. I'm also waiting to see what the Hamm brothers do next year. (NBC, September 10, 1:30 - 3 ==> men's championships)
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