What is with US gymnasts?

Anna Li has a picture of her medal on her facebook. It is surrounded with medals her parents actually earned on the competition floor.

Alicia Sacramone thinks she deserved the same medal when she wasn’t even in the Country when the team won it.

The 2000 Olympic team proudly accepted the bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics like they went on the floor and earned it even though they won it by default.

Explain to me why all these US gymnasts are proud of having medals they did not earn?

What makes these gymnasts proud of these medals?

I think the gymnast that really deserves the medal is Morgan White. She was the only person smart enough not to show up to that ceremony at Nationals last year.


23 Responses to “What is with US gymnasts?”

  1. katieelizabeth87 Says:

    True! I love this post!

  2. TCO Says:

    It is unfortunate.

    The men seem more noble.

  3. honeychile Says:

    Alicia seems like such a total bitch and a head case. If she had competed at worlds we probably would not have won anything because she would have fallen off the beam 3 times and fell on her ass on the floor a few times. so maybe she did earn gold just by sitting her ass down somewhere.

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      LOL I don’t agree but that is kind of my hope for Nastia in 2012. If they put her on this team I hope she falls 3 times and costs the team a medal.

  4. S. Lien Says:

    What’s the deal with Alicia S. and Shawn Johnson? Do they not get along? It also appears that Shawn and Nastia are pretty close, so is Nastia “that” bad? I do have to agree that her decision to announce her comeback during Worlds was extremely tacky – she should have waited another week or so because it took the limelight off of the girls actually competing. I personally don’t feel that she’ll be ready enough to actually make the Olympics given the field of other US girls wanting a spot (despite the big gap in UB for the US), but reading about her being Marta’s “pet” has me concerned now that she’ll get a spot that a younger girl more truly deserves – like Rebecca Bross or even Kyla Ross. Was Shawn not a pet of Marta’s as well? If Aly is a Marta pet you’d think Shawn would be a Marta pet!

    I’m new to this blog but I’m really enjoying it! Thanks for the posts!

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      Shawn and Nastia are not best friends. They have had issue’s in the past but like most teenagers you get mad, you might even hate someone but when they are in your social group you act like best friends when together but you talk shit about them behind their back, secretly hating them.

      The secret life of teenagers.

      Alicia is the queen bee.

      At Nationals last year Alicia was nice to Shawn’s face and even chatted with her like they were friendly but Alicia was always giving Shawn dirty looks when she wasn’t looking. It was noted by several people at Nationals last year and I am pretty sure there was even some video. I remember seeing it but I have no clue where the video is now.

      Shawn was not Marta’s pet. Marta knew what she had talent wise in Shawn but Nastia is the pet. She always has been. They did everything they could in 08 to give Nastia that National title but she kept falling so Shawn won easily.

      Thanks for visiting the blog and I am glad you are enjoying it so far. I’ll probably offend you eventually.lol

      • honeychile Says:

        YES! That’s where I got her being bitchy from. The dirty looks she gives on the floor LOL! And then the girls were saying they were intimidated by her; not by her talent, but by her bitchy demeanor because she seemes unapproachable. She knows how to turn it on and off for the cameras, but they catch it every now and then. I guess undeserved world medals will do that to a hussy with an inflated ego. lol

  5. S. Lien Says:

    I would love to see that video! I can just imagine ASac’s knarly face looking like she smelled a fart.
    I really admire Shawn Johnson’s charisma/determination and ability to compete under pressure (her floor routine in the ’08 Olympic AA nearly made me cry…was so sad that at that point, the judges screwed her scores on bars and beam so that she wouldn’t have a chance to give Liukin a run for her money)…she just seems more “real” – I really hope she makes the Olympic team in 2012 over ASac and Liukin. When I got back into following gymnastics in ’08, I really loved Alica at first and was a fan of her “story” – that she came back from not making the team in ’04. Then I went back and watched worlds in ’07 and was sickened by her reaction when Shawn beat her in FX Event Finals. Then I saw another video (think it was Nationals or Olympic Trials in ’08) where Shawn was warming up by herself and everybody else was in another section on the floor in a cluster. Even the commentator said something like “it’s lonely at the top.” It seems like they were all jealous of how Shawn could come in and sweep away all the championships (because she’s a better athlete) and everyone sort of ganged up on her for being more talented.
    What really made me be “anti-team ASac” though was when she got injured at Worlds and everyone made a big deal about it, their “team leader” being gone and they showed an interview where she blabbed how she “gave the girls a pep talk” via skype and how she calmed them down…such horseshit. I nearly vomited. Just shows how into herself she is even though her FX routines have sucked during her “comeback.” I never knew a skype chat could get you a record-breaking (or tying?) gold medal but wow, the ego. I could go on and on (not like I haven’t already) but I won’t. (OK another annoying thing about her is her stupid Olympic ring tatoo on her neck…like she should be bragging how she did there?… and her fake stupid nails…I would even bet she has hair extensions). The only bummer about ASac not being there was not being able to witness Maroney killing her in vault EF. See, with Maroney and Weiber’s amanars (and I’m hoping Shawn gets hers back and Raisman is able to do one), I really am scratching my head why ASac thinks she has any chance being “needed” for London. Her beam isn’t NEAR what the Chinese/Russians/Romanians can do. I stil kind of think Marta will leave her off the team given what happened in ’08…
    Anyways, I am glad your blog exists! I used to read the Sarah! blog (and laughed at her posts about ASac’s “knockers”) but I guess it’s private now. Sigh.

  6. katieelizabeth87 Says:

    ^^@S. Lien: Sarah has apparently taken a break! She was at theelitegymnast wordpress site but then she changed it. She emailed everyone that wanted the new address because it wouldn’t be searchable for a while. The new site was up and running great! She posted a couple things and then nothing. A couple months later she wrote that she was trying to get her life together or something and that she’d be back. Now the site’s gone again! 😦 She’ll be back though! (Hopefully)

  7. gymtruthteller Says:

    Sarah and I are pretty much long lost sisters except she has this inner love of Tatiana Gutsu that I just cannot grasp. Poor mans Soviet that she was (Gustu not Sarah)

    S. lien, I would have loved to see Alicia get a beat down by Maroney at worlds. That would have been fun.

    I don’t think Marta will take Shawn unless she kicks butt at Nationals. She will have to go out there with an Amanar and nail every landing on floor, beam with some insane start value on bars.

    I don’t get the impression that Marta wants Shawn on that team.

  8. S. Lien Says:

    I was a DIE HARD Shannon Miller fan (gotta love the white scrunchie/tin things in hair look of the early 90’s) so I am definitely with you on the Gutsu. Over-rated. More like over-scored.

    I have a bad feeling about Raisman/ASac too. I really don’t know if it’s going to help USA if both of them are on the 5-person team…if she takes ASac over Raisman I will definiltely be hoping that ASac falls on beam again. I have a feeling Marta’s “perfect” team would be Bross/Ross, Weiber, Sacramone, NASTia, and Maroney…

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      This is freaking me out. Literally did you just read my mind too??? The blog I am writing mirrors your opinion and that of Katie below.lol

  9. katieelizabeth87 Says:

    ^^ If Kyla Ross doesn’t make the Olympic team, there is no justice in the world and I’ll have zero respect for Marta (I’ve tried to defend her when others were being critical).

    Kyla has been left off a lot of prediction lists because she doesn’t fit in perfectly in a TF situation. But that doesn’t matter. She’s the only other realistic option besides Wieber who could wind up on the AA podium in London. 60+ in points as a junior. I honestly don’t think it’s possible for her to be any lower than top 3 at nationals & trials so I don’t think Marta will have much of a choice. However, I could see her getting screwed over for people that suck up to Marta! We shall see! :/

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      You just read my mind. I literally am writing a blog about this was we speak.

      • S. Lien Says:

        Yay! I’m so stoked I found your blog. It’s hard to find people in the “real world” who want to talk about gymnastics!

      • gymtruthteller Says:

        S, Thanks for posting:) I am glad you are here and I hope I don’t offend you eventually.

  10. S. Lien Says:

    I think Ross has a definite chance of making it – in fact, I would HOPE she would make it over Bross (I HATE Bross’ ugly gymnastics!! Sorry but I do!) and even Raisman. I only would hope Johnson makes it over Ross (if it came to that) because I am plainly biased. I’ll admit it. My only concern though is Bross’ “pet” status – the fact she’s coached by Mr. Liukin himself. Bleck. If she makes it over Ross I will be vomiting.

    Here’s my “dream” team: not like anyone cares.
    * Another AA gymnast good at bars (Douglas? Memmel?) …I’ve heard rumors Douglas has an amanar up her sleeve. OR Raisman can certainly be the fifth as long as Johnson and Ross can improve their difficulty on bars.

    * also = just not Sacramone or Bross or Liukin

    • katieelizabeth87 Says:

      Sadly, Liukin will probably make the team! I believe if she gives a half-ass attempt on bars at nationals & trials without falling off, she’ll make the team. That’s really the only reason they would need her (she maybe could do BB in prelims) and Marta will absolutely use this as an excuse to take someone else’s spot when they clearly can get team medals (even possibly gold) without her! Hell, VEGA of all freakin’ people did bars during TF in Tokyo and they won! They certainly won’t need Nastia but try telling that to Marta with Valeri’s head stuck up her ass! Ridiculous!

    • gymtruthteller Says:

      I think Marta will take Raisman. That is kind of what I am counting on when I come up with my scenario for an Olympic team. Everyone think Aly has no shot but I think Marta feels differently

  11. katieelizabeth87 Says:

    ^^ I think Raisman definitely has a shot but I also think she would be a likely candidate for an alternate position. I’m not sure how I feel about this but a lot of people are saying she’s the Jana Bieger of this quad – pretty reliable but overlooked in the end.

  12. S. Lien Says:

    If only Raisman could get better at bars (can’t Brestyan get a bars coach in there or something?) she’d be a definite lock. But I just don’t see how you can have Raisman AND ASac when both are pretty much specialists (I mean, I know Raisman did bars in quals for US this year at worlds, but the Olympics is going to be a completely new ballgame)…so basically, I can’t see a scenario where Marta could have ASac, Raisman, and Liukin on a five-member team. It would be very risky – especially if someone gets injured (which typically happens with Marta!)

  13. TCO Says:

    I think even with crappy bars, Raisman having some sort of bars really helps her versus ASac. Sac has a busted foot and lacks bars. And there are only five spots. And Jordyn and Maroney Amanar (and maybe another). Sac is a hell of a gymnast, but the odds are a little against her and I definitely give the edge to Aly if it is down to the two of them.

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