He did imply there was a conspiracy. He implied people from only one country have conspired to consistently score his daughter low. Even the journalists didn't understand. That's a conspiracy that he is alleging exists.
He is what is wrong with youth sport.
This shit is funny. I'm not so much arguing there is no consipracy as ridiculing the thought there could actually be one.
How many Australian judges are even certified to judge at the highest level. Given that it is a country where the sport isn't a very big deal, I can't imagine there are many - is it possible that this "conspiracy" is ONE person who has consistently scored Nastia low? If there are more than one, perhaps they were probably mentored and trained as judges by the same people - and might have similar judging "quirks".
Either that or consiously or sub-conciously they agree that this guy IS what's wrong with youth sports, and quite unprofessionally so, allow that to influence their judging.
Turth is, as I watch, I sadly think that "women's" gymnastics itself is just wrong. The sport is adults gaining glory, fame and fortune through the manipulation of little girls, whether it is the Chinese government, Valeri Liukin or NBC. I don't know the sport well enough to suggest changes - age limits make some sense, but when you take the potentially best performers out of a sport, you hurt it...plus, there's real issue of how you really DO know an age. I don't know. Men's gymnastics is fine, but this so-called "women's" competition is not sport, it's a child-abusive freak show, and somehow it needs to be fixed.
I guess women's gymnastics isn't the only place in the world we see this phenomonen. You've got the "Pageant people", and figure skating (although you're not dealing with athletes as severly young), other "stage-mom" type things you can do, and really any sport can be twisted into a freak show by ignorant parents and others - but only in women's gymnastics does it seem that the higest level is polluted this way, due, I guess, to the extreme youth of the athletes.
Edited by Fred not Lynn, 19 August 2008 - 12:21 PM.