Number 10: John Roethlisberger: You never really hear anything about John to suggest he is an asshole but if you ever listened to the Inside Gymnastics radio show you would understand why he made my list for biggest asshole in gymnastics. During a discussion on the sport he listed Paul Hamm as the best US gymnast of all time male or female. When people on twitter corrected him asking if he remembered a certain gymnast named Shannon Miller he gave huge attitude and suggested the fans of the sport were all stupid making a comment on the lines of, well does she have two all around titles in a row (mentioning Hamm’s World AA win and joke of a win at the Olympics the following year) and then he obnoxiously said NO (You could just see him rolling hie eyes as the stupidity spewed from his mouth) I guess the two AA titles she has back to back never happened. I probably wouldn’t think twice about his arrogance if it wasn’t for the fact he spouted several untruths during that interview (Patriots never taped the walk through dumbass) and that he is a biased piece of shit and clearly that effects his opinion. I’ll assume you all heard the rumor about a certain gymnast having an affair with a married man , guess who was rumored to be the ” man”
Number 9 : : Bela Karolyi: Many people dislike Bela for many different reasons but the one real problem I have with Bela isn’t the way he treated his gymnasts (I blame the parents of every child that ever sent their kids to him knowing full well what he was like) or the way he tries to make everything about him the one thing I can’t forgive Bela for is the way he screwed 7 innocent teenagers out of a medal at the 1988 Olympics and he isn’t even man enough to admit this is all on him.
Back in 1984 Bela was seen practicing his jump over the sides the night before the AA so he could piss off Ellen Berger. He was warned during an earlier part of the competition not to jump over the side and he did it anyway. He took pride is the fact that he knew she would never take a deduction because the Olympics were being held in LA. and he was right.
Fast forward 4 years and Ellen Berger gets revenge. While I am sure Bela wasn’t thinking about anything but himself in 84 what he did ruined a dream for 7 innocent kids. All he had to do was not be an ass and of course he is incapable of that.
Article 1 on the situation
Number 8: Paul Hamm : Some people may think blaming Paul Hamm for defending the Gold medal he thinks he deserved his right and while I might agree with that sentiment in principle I cannot agree with it in reality because another human being had his life changed forever that night and his name is Yang Tae Young ( His name however is not that Korean guy)
Paul Hamm’s arrogant press conference where he got up and belittled the routines of the real victor, Yang Tae Young to defend his win has to be the most obnoxious thing I have ever heard a gymnast do. The real victim in all of this is the true Olympic Gold medalist who has all but been forgotten since then.
I guess Hamm is in his own hell. This all turned him into an alcoholic loner who could have been the toast of the Country but instead chose to go all out for an undeserved medal he probably has in a shoe box under his bed. Thankfully no one gives a shit about his ” historic” win that wasn’t really a win to begin with.
Number 7 : :Alexander Alexandrov : He can whine about pressure all he wants but the FACT of the matter is he cheated. He lied and he never had to pay for it. Russia can break rules and admit it and it just never seems to be an issue.
Number 6 : Jackie Fie: Lowering Miller’s scores in 96 (when the judges all agreed but she didn’t)but allowing the Romanians to keep their UB compulsories scores, Lilia on bars in the AA and the bars scores for Dawes where her best routine got her lowest score for her best routine (Dawes even was quoted saying the same thing about why her best routine was scored the lowest) She was Nellie Kim before Nellie Kim but at least she was smart enough to do it behind the scenes and not run down to the judges table. Rumor has it she hated Steve Nunno and even though she played nice in front of people she was consistently heard bad mouthing him when the camera was not around.
Number 5: NBC Commentating team especially AL TRAUTWIG: His constant stupidity and ridiculous comments are enough to make you throw up. The highlight of his career as a gym commentator for me anyway is when Paul Hamm won a medal over Yang Tae Young in the highbar???? final and he literally screamed that this some how proved Paul should have won the AA over him. Al Trautwig is stupid. He’s fake. He’s a pervert and an annoying little twit. John Tesh might have been repetitive and annoying but he wasn’t a biased asshole just for the sake of being a giant asshole.
Number 4 : Nastia Liukin : Of course she is on this list. You wouldn’t expect her not to be would you? 🙂 Teenagers make mistakes. That is how they learn so the way she acted when Chellsie beat her in 2005 is not a big deal to me in theory because lets face the facts, we all make mistakes as kids we wish we could take back but when you don’t change that attitude into your 20’s you definitely deserve to be on this list.
See Marta for more reasons
Number 3 Marta Karolyi : I don’t even know what to say here. Its all been said. She gets paid to mentally screw with the minds of children and we let her do it. We celebrate the Gold medals. We support the federation and while we might bitch about the situation we stand by and let it happen.
Every time she does something corrupt and we think she can’t get any worse she one ups it. The gymnast you want on the Olympic team for one vault isn’t good enough to contribute on another event make her not compete at the meet to qualify to Trials so you can sneak her on to the team (Annia Hatch in 2000)
Want to add your pet “not good enough “gymnast to the Olympic team when she clearly isn’t prepared to put the work into making it on her own allow her to stay home from camps so you can hide just how bad she is until you can give her that free pass to Trials with hopes she might just hit a Bar routine so you get your way ( Nastia Liukin)
Number 2: Nellie Kim:
Running to the judges table to make sure Nastia got credit for the connection she missed in 08. Getting Paeska credit for Amanar in 2012, the way she thinks she should have had Nadia’s fame. Cheating as a judge giving Bogi and Gutsu 10’s on bars, giving Silivas a 9.8 on vault. The more she cheats the further up the chain she gets in the sport.
Number 1 TIE : The International Federation of Gymnastics and International Olympic committee. Together they screw this sport up more then they help it.
They allow everything wrong with this sport to exist. They allow Nellie Kim to cheat. They allow her to run the sport. They allow past cheaters to still compete. They allowed the code to change to hide their inept judges. They hire the judges. They allow the rules to apply to some people but not to others.
I also have a huge issue with the way they decide who should and should not lose their medals for cheating. Why is North Korea banned from competing for 3 years for their underage gymnasts yet when Russia lies about Roza Galiyeva being injured they turn the other way and pretend they never saw it. Why was Romania never investigated for under age gymnasts like Gina Gogean , Daniela Silivas and Alexandra Marinescu but China lost a medal for it? I realize the IOC is in charge of the Olympica and the FIG, Worlds but when China lost their medals in 2000 the FIG recommended to the IOC that they take away the medals. Its all connected.
The reason we have this code is partially due to Paul Hamm falling on the judges table. The IOC wanted a change to the code so they could hide the back lash that came with the way they handled that situation in the first place (Expecting Paul to give back the AA medal instead of doing their jobs as the head of the Olympics to insure that the results were fair and just)
Everything anyone finds wrong with this sport is because the FIG and for the Olympics the IOC allowed it to happen. How can they not be tied at the top of the the top ten asshole list?
Dishonorable mention. John Geddert. Dominique Dawes. Steve Penny. Difficulty score judges at the 2013 worlds who had one job ( to get the start value right) and they couldn’t even do that. Dominique Moceanu
: I left Gabby off this list because she is a kid who was raised without two stable parents but if she continues to be an ass through her twenty’s she will be on the next list 🙂