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2008 Olympics: Nastia Wins the Gold

I am emotionally drained. This has been without a doubt, the most stressful, emotional, TV event I think I have ever watched. Though I haven’t ever prepped so much for single TV event ever.

Nastia Liukin is the All Around Olympic Champion. Shawn Johnson with silver. Yang Yilin wins bronze.

My opinions of Nastia are known well in the posts of this blog, but my heart was tugged as I watched her pour tears I have waited all Olympic Games to see. I am happy for her. I am. She has overcome so much to win this crown.

But I am devastated for Shawn. I wanted this title so very bad for her. She looked upset. What a release it must be for these two girls. So much for this one night. I paced, I yelled, I clapped. It has been pure craziness.

Undoubtedly one of the most adrenaline-filled competitions ever.

Random thoughts about what I saw-

Anna Pavolva wins the award for most beautiful routine (at least out of those shown on NBC). Wow. I was wowed. And it made me feel old-school (floor routine-wise). The commentators got it right this time; you could feel the passion of that routine.

-I love Ksenia Senenova! Although her takeoff on floor passes is kinda weird looking, I thought her score was too low! But I don’t know her A-score offhand, must have been low-

-I rate Shawn’s beam routines like this: Prelims #1, TF #2, AA #3. But her scores were: Prelims last, TF 1st, AA 2nd. Hmmmm.

-I thought Steliana Nistor’s score for floor was too low. A 8.6 B-score? I thought it was better than that.

-Why didn’t we get to see Pavlova’s beam routine? Grrrrrr.

-Ksenia Semenova, please become the new power of the Russian Program!

-I am staying up to see the Nastia and Shawn interview.

-What will it be like with Nastia and Shawn sleeping in the same room tonight? Catfight!! Just kidding.

-I was scared Shawn might win 3rd going into the last rotation.

-I started thinking about Chellsie Memmel during the medal ceremony. I don’t know why. I believe it was because I was really focused on how much pressure and work goes into being a top elite gymnast. It SUCKS that she broke her foot. At nothing less, she should have been able to contribute more to the Olympic team. Poor girl.

-I REALLY hope Shawn can get the gold on beam. I want her with at least one gold. Dammit.

What a truly crazy night.

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