Welcome to the Big Leagues Simone and Kyla. Where when you accomplish something wearing red white and blue you automatically become overrated and undeserving of your win. (Technically she wore pink but….)
Back in 1991 when Kim Zmeskal won the World Title people said she didn’t deserve it because she wasn’t “artistic” enough like Svetlana Boginskaya. The Russians said if anyone should win it should be Shannon Miller because she is like a “Soviet” until you know she went out there and won in 1993 and 1994 and then they said she didn’t deserve her wins either.
It doesn’t matter how good you are if you are an American and you beat a Russian or a Romanian you are automatically not good enough. Its par for the course.
It works both ways though because back in 1992 when Shannon Miller was blatantly cheated out of the Gold medal she earned on the floor “artistry” wasn’t what was important to Europe (mostly the Russians and Romanians) It was skill level and Gutsu had more difficulty so even though she nearly put her hands down attempting to do a double layout with a split that didn’t matter because it was a difficult skill. Yet some how Simone Biles didn’t deserve her beam medal because she landed low and stepped forward even if it was a full in she was trying to stick.
I don’t know who should have won the medal on beam because I have not watched the final. The problem I have here is that depending on the situation the Russian fans seem to change their minds based on what Country the gymnast competes under.
Nastia deserved to beat Shawn because she was “artistic” according to Khorkina (and don’t give me the bull shit they were both Americans. Nastia is a Russian) Viktoria deserved to beat Gabby because she was artistic yet Gutsu deserved to beat Shannon because she was a power gymnast. Now here we are again with Simone.
Pick a damn side and stay with it. You cannot have it both ways.
Case I feel your pain now, literally.