The P-bar competition was totally out of control. I don't really blame the judges; it's the judges' job to, as objectively as possible, count bobbles and steps and violations, each of which takes off a certain number of points. Now that we saw a *four-way tie* for the bronze, the job of the international gymnastics federation is to re-point the P-bar rule book to make there be a wider spread. They'd also need to redistribute the points a bit so that the clearly cleaner and superior routines will get more points, which tonight they did not.

And the stupid commentator needs to SHUT UP. Seriously. He went *on* and *on* about how *amazing* it was that there would be a tie, *especially* since they measure scores into the *thousandths of a point*. If he were typing this he'd be using acronyms like OMG! and WTF!!1. And it's not even true: the precision only goes to eightieths of a point, that is, eighths of tenths. Every score ends in 00, 12, 25, 37, 50, 62, 75, or 87. And the judges themselves only have precision of halves of tenths; the rest comes from averaging. So it's not *that* astonishing. (This "false precision" problem is also the root of one of my big objections to how the metric system is used.)

I'm also a little sad that Mohini wasn't judged higher on her floor routine, but her start value was only a 9.7, so that's understandable. Ah well.

"I suspect jesus is 100% digestible. What you poop is just non-jesus substrate." --Zach Miller

Posted by blahedo at 10:10pm on 23 Aug 2004Comments

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