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Behind The Scenes Event Finals Day Two: Women’s FX, Men’s VT and Rings

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Today, our instant takes from watching day two of event finals. Men’s Rings and Vault, Women’s Floor. Simone Biles withdrew from the floor final, putting Jenifer Gadirova in her place. We discuss…

    • Jade Carey is an Olympic Champion! 
    • The first Olympic medal for Vanessa Ferrari, 2006 World AA Champion and FOUR time Olympian!
    • Second Olympic medals in women’s gymnastics EVER for Italy and Japan 
    • First gymnastics Olympic medal for Armenia with Artur Davtyan’s bronze on vault
    • Shin Jeahawn won gold on vault for Korea.There were two sets of ties in vault finals. We’ll explain how they were broken. 
    • Liu Yang won gold on rings for China proving that judges aren’t above some bonus points for a slow jazz head roll mid-iron cross! 
    • There was an UNBROKEN tie between Melnikova and Mai and they gave eachother their flowers!
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Anna McGann
2 years ago

How is spitting on hands before vaulting covid-safe? Is the vault cleaned between vaulters?

Lara Costa
2 years ago
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Wyn Sipple
2 years ago
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Gym Nerd
2 years ago
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Can we please invent a drink called the Gelya Mai Tie?

Beth Tucker
Gym Nerd
2 years ago
Reply to  kibokoj

I have to add (in response to your discussion on artistry. Which I miss greatly!) here’s one… Anna Pavlova’s 2008 floor routine! Artistry and beautiful tumbling. The whole package! Thanks for the Olympic Podcasts!!!

Lauren McDonald
2 years ago

I am so pleased that Jade got her medal BUT do you think it was a gold routine? Particularly when compared to the artistry of all of the other medalists (and all the other finalists imo…) I love how she has really cleaned up her execution over the last few years but her dance and artistry still leave me feeling flat…

Lin - Long Time Scandinavian Listener
Gym Nerd

Same! I would feel way better with the gold going to Ferrari and the silver going to Carey. But Code is Code and artistry is (even if not sufficiently credited) luckily for us all to be enjoyed ❤️

Charlotte Beer
2 years ago

Listunova’s routine is surrealist artistry. Her dance is skilled, graceful and comedic interpretation and I feel like you guys are not seeing it for what it is. Look again! It’s fabulous and I feel sad for her today!

Emily Corkey
2 years ago

How are Grace and Jordan still in the country? Aren’t they supposed to leave within 48 hours? Are they reserves on any events?

Gym Nerd
2 years ago

since the olympics has to be prepared with extra medals in case of ties, i wonder how many they are left with at the end.

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