“Paul Hamm Asked to Give Up Gold Medal”
“…World gymnastics officials asked Paul Hamm to give up his gold medal as the ultimate show of sportsmanship, but the U.S. Olympic Committee told them to take responsibility for their own mistakes and refused even to deliver the request.
In a dispute over scores that has turned into a political squabble, the head of the International Gymnastics Federation suggested in a letter to Hamm that giving the all-around gold medal to South Korea’s Yang Tae-young “would be recognized as the ultimate demonstration of fair play by the whole world…”
I am so sick and tired of everyone trying to change the rules to get their own way.
We live in a world of whiners. We whine if we don’t get our way. Then when we do get our way, we whine because it wasn’t good enough. Then we whine because someone else got a better deal than we got. Then when we get the better deal, we whine because we’re still not happy.
Nothing is set in stone anymore. You can contest anything these days. There is always room for an appeal. A chance to knock someone of their pedestal so we can stand on it for a while.
I think it’s disgusting. If you’re playing football, and you score a touchdown, it can be reversed because of the video replay rule. If you’re injured in an accident, and the jury ruled in your favor, the other guy can appeal that ruling and you could even get blamed for it. If you’re running for president and the elections aren’t going in your favor, you can contest them and recount them until they hand it to you anyway. It’s getting so that there is no justice in this world at all.
I’m all for being fair. But there needs to be a boundary where we say, “What’s fair is fair. What’s excessive is not. Know the difference.”
Paul Hamm won the gold medal. A mistake in judging should not even be considered. The judgments were made. The scores were recorded. The medals were awarded. There should be no turning back. Ever. If we change the rules so that judging can be re-judged, then what is the point of having judging at all?