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.
Once the error was discovered, the controversy was bungled by the MTC, FIG president Bruno Grandi and the US Olympic Committee â€” 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
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