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U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas celebrates with the gold medal on the podium of the women's team final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games.
Meghan O'Rourke, Slate contributor and author of The Long Goodbye: A Memoir, discusses why gymnastics is so captivating and takes calls from anyone with gymnastics fever.
1. Have you ever seen the gymnastics scoring manual? If not, perhaps you should look at it. It isn't all willy nilly although there is some subjectiveness.2. If you look at those girls with sex-tinted glasses, that's your own personal issue. I see an athlete and a human; nothing more.
@ john from the john
you're an asshole
Thanks, Curtis. I was wondering exactly that when I heard the words "1st black gymnast" used about Gabby Douglas, & then when Anna said "African-American." And I'm glad you got on the air, too, so everyone could hear it. Also that you posted a comment, so I could know how to spell Diane Durham's name when I look her up!
I am happy for all of these kids. But, Curtis, calm down please. I could hear you fingers snapping as you spoke.
Doesn't anyone remember Betty Okino???
I guess I'm not much of an American or something because I kind of loathe gymnastics.
1) It's not actually a sport since it doesn't have an objective scoring system. Which isn't to say that it isn't athletic or that anyone could do it, but they don't give out gold medals for ballet.
2) On the women's side it's just icky how we oogle these prepubescent girls.
Can we talk about Melissa Seidman instead?
Gymnasts, like divers, provoke the fantasy of flight. It is visceral, it is athletic art. To be airborne, even for seconds, is joy.
When speaking about Gabby, please know that she is not only the first African American woman to win the All-Around, she is the first women of African descent, at least recognized African descent, to win the Olympic All-round. Black women around the world compete in Olympic Gymnastics and major international gymnastics competitions . They have been on and continue to be on the British, French,Dutch and Cuban teams as well as the teams of other countries. Gabby is the first Black woman, that is first black women of African descent to win the All-round. Also, people seem to think that there were no black women in American gymnastics before Dominique Dawes. Please know that Diane Durham won the USA National Championship in 1983. And also know that Luci Collins, who I believe identifies as African American, earned a spot on the 1980 Olympic team. However , the USA did boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympic games, and as a result Luci was not able to actually compete. Please look up Diane and Luci on Youtube and Google.
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