The Paul Hamm fiasco – 2004 Olympics

The disaster wrought by the Men’s Gymnastics judges in Athens will never be forgotten. Sports Illustrated lists the lost gold all-around medal of Yang Tae Young of Korea one of the top 10 North American Olympic follies. – Writers – Brian Cazeneuve: Olympics’ embarrassing moments

Once the error was discovered, the controversy was bungled by the MTC, FIG president Bruno Grandi and the US Olympic Committee — but not, I feel, by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

I wish Paul had unofficially, voluntarily handed over the gold medal to Yang Tae Young despite the final ruling of the Court. That would have been the stand-up thing to do. Hamm would be a hero instead of an Olympic folly.

Perhaps it’s not too late.


Yang Tae Young

International Gymnast – FIG: Yang Is “True Winner” – U.S. Olympic Committee blasts FIG

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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