The International Gymnastic Federation is trying to get Paul Hamm to be the scapegoat for their officials mistakes. Several commentators have taken positions and explained why he should keep it. (They are all correct for different reasons). Surprisingly what hasn't been brought up is what NBC showed during the individual competition. Had the South Korean performance been re-evaluated it should have not only started .1 higher in value but had an additional .2 deduction for having too many strength elements. So while it's true that we can't go back and can't figure out what would have happened if we could have a do-over, we do know that the South Korean score would have gone down if it was re-evaluated.
by Joshua Brauer on August 28, 2004