The C Score (2.0)

Archive for November 21st, 2008

Jade Barbosa and Daiane dos Santos, two of the gymnasts involved in the developing Brazilian gymnastics scandal, will not be competing in the World Cup Final in Madrid this December, according to the Brazilian news media (see here, e.g.).

Jade Barbosa and Daiane dos Santos

Jade Barbosa and Daiane dos Santos

Following the new rankings, Barbosa is currently ranked sixth on vault and dos Santos is ranked third on floor. But because of injury, neither will compete. Dos Santos won gold in 2004 and 2006 on floor, but will not be able to defend her title. Daniele Hypolito, currently ranked 12th on floor and 15th on bars, will only be able to defend her 2006 silver on bars if enough higher-ranked gymnasts choose not to compete.

I’m already a little bored by this whole Bela Karolyi scandal, particularly since it is not new. The only new part is anyone caring at all.

But in this new article by KCRA, the Sacramento news station, Karolyi says:

“I’m not even commenting. I don’t appreciate at that level even to have a word on this. These people are really trash, and I’m not messing with that.”

Naturally, the only appropriate reaction is disgust. Even if these were blatant lies, the way to react to charges of abuse is not to verbally abuse the claimants.

Emilia Eberle’s response:

“The fact that he says he does not deny it — that should say a lot. And calling people ‘trash,’ you know, it’s a very ugly way of making comments about people. As far as I remember in my interview, I never called him any bad words.”

About The C Score

First there was A score and B score, now D score and E score. Where is the C score? Right here. In the form of my random thoughts about women's artistic gymnastics.


November 2008