Did I miss something? Olympic controversey with S. Koreans?

LOLyourFace

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I was watching the olympics last night and they interviewed the president of I.O.C regarding a controversial event in gymnastics with South Koreans and he said that the results will be not be altered and so on. What did I miss? Can I get a unbiased perspective on what had happened?

The president of I.O.C also admitted there was corruption in the judges in the past during Salt Lake City. What is he also talking about?

<-- greatly intrigued.
 

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I saw the interview but I only caught the last several minutes of it. I would like to be enlightened, as well.
 

shuan24

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In short: Due to a misjudgement by the judges, Paul Hamm recieved a gold medal over a S. Korean. Whether the S. Korean really deserves the gold medal is debateable (sp?).
 

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Originally posted by: LOLyourFace
I was watching the olympics last night and they interviewed the president of I.O.C regarding a controversial event in gymnastics with South Koreans and he said that the results will be not be altered and so on. What did I miss? Can I get a unbiased perspective on what had happened?

The president of I.O.C also admitted there was corruption in the judges in the past during Salt Lake City. What is he also talking about?

<-- greatly intrigued.

During the Salt Lake Games, one of the judges in the pairs ice skating event admitted she was pressured into scoring the Russian pair higher than she should.

As for this Olympics, the broznze medalist in male gymnastics was given a start value of 9.9 on one of his events when it should have been 10.0. However the Korean guy made a major error worth .2 that was NOT deducted by the judges on the same event. I personally dont see what the hoopla or controversay is, the Korean clearly, based on how he preformed, doesnt deserve a gold medal anymore than Hamm.
 

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in the next to the last event, the Korean was given a start value of 9.9 instead of 10.0. after further review the olympic committee has admitted it should have been a start value of 10 and not 9.9. since the korean lost to Hamm the gold medalist by only .049 points. obviously the additional .1 points would have changed the standings.

here is where it gets dicey.

the koreans claimed they protested that day (the rules require start value protest to be filed the day of the meet) but were told to send in a letter after the meet, the judges claim they didn't.

for me the real question is, IF the koreans did fail to protest in time, WHY the investigation? anyone with experience in gymnastics will tell you that start value protest are common. they will also tell you that start values awarded are often overturned and you never see those judges suspended.

so why the review AFTER the fact and suspensions IF the koreans didn't protest ON THE DAY OF THE MEET.

this question has never been answered, at least i've never seen it answered.