McKayla Maroney's Vault, The "Amanar" -- Difficulty: 10 Perfection: 10+

Yup, watched that slice of perfection last night. Simply amazing.

I have, and suspect others do too, enough cynicism, acquired through multiple head scratching Olympics, to feel that if that vault had been duplicated by someone other than an American, say a Russian for example, that the score would’ve matched the perfection on display.

In other news, Bob Costas would like to know why she couldn’t have gone higher and if she realizes she let us all down.

Posted by tim at August 1, 2012 12:37 PM

I saw that last night. The way she explodes off the table, my first thought was that she has flubber in her fingers.

Posted by Gagdad Bob at August 1, 2012 1:08 PM

I watched it, and after I yelled out in astonishment, my 4 1/2 and 6 year old children asked "Daddy, why did you yell like that?"
And I said "That was as good as you'll ever see someone do that. That was perfect. That was a 10."
And damn, she was robbed.

Posted by Uncle Jefe at August 1, 2012 4:06 PM

I don't really know how on earth she could have done that any better. 3 and a half full rotations? Good God.

Posted by Christopher Taylor at August 1, 2012 4:10 PM

My jaw dropped when I saw that vault last night. I'm not an expert, but I was stunned at the near perfection of the form. How could it be done any better?

My biased guess? If she were a [cough cough] 16 year old from the PRC it would have been a perfect score.

Posted by BobK at August 1, 2012 4:37 PM

It's why we humans have invented these "games." Higher, faster, farther empowers us to work hard, to dream, to achieve. They're games, but the concept of competition and striving is behind the economic success of every prosperous nation.

Congatulations to McKayla. And to the entire U.S. women's gymnastic team.

Posted by Jimmy J. at August 1, 2012 7:32 PM

I believe I fell into the Popper quote "It is impossible to speak in such a way..." Perhaps I am running the risk of being misunderstood. My comment was meant to reflect my opinion of certain Olympic gymnastic teams and some of the judges, not my opinion of the athletes.

Posted by BobK at August 1, 2012 7:32 PM

Holy flippin' Jesus, how did she get so high up? Just landing in form should be enough to say 'you won'.

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