Opinion: Flawed Process Costs Wieber Shot at Medal

July 30, 2012 12:00 AM

Opinion: Flawed Process Costs Wieber Shot at Medal

" There are certain things that we've come to expect at every Olympics.

There will be profiles of athletes overcoming obstacles that make your eyes start to tear up, there will be complaints about tape delaying certain events and there will be some kind of controversy during the gymnastics competition. It might be an incorrectly placed apparatus, a scoring error or underage women gymnasts, but it is going to be something.

Right now, it looks like this year's controversy is going to be gymnastics' decision to reward gymnasts who don't rank among the best in the world when it comes time to qualify for spots in the individual all-around competition.

No country can have more than two gymnasts advance to the individual all-around finals, which means that there are four very deserving women who devoted their lives to reaching this goal, reached it and then still got shut out by an inane rule "

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