With Japan and China all but locks for the mens’ gymnastics team silver and gold, in one way or the other, the real battle was for bronze. The main four teams in contention were USA, Germany, Korea and Russia, all within less than two points for the predictions. The outcome, after the jump…
The bronze medal went to USA, who almost placed in the top two, nearly defeating Japan after their all-around gold from 2004 in Athens. Instead, the USA took the bronze, with both Hamm brothers missing from contention. In a competition where most teams experienced at least one major mishap through the first four rotations, the United State’s consistent performance from a team of first-time Olympians gave them the chance for second. But after some major mishaps on floor exercise and the pommel horse, they barely kept ahead of Germany for third. Here’s the team, along with the home-town ladies we’ll root for tonight. (For more great pics, see here.)
No one could touch China, whose dominance, determination, and dragon-like performance in their home country before a home crowd solidified gold for them. And Japan came back in the end to clinch silver. The real emotion came from David Durante, the one alternate for America who did not compete. Since others are not likely to picture him in blogs, here he is:
Well worth a look. Go USA!