Nastia Liukin Wins Gymnastics All-Around Gold, Shawn Johnson Silver, And Bela Karolyi Earns Our Love
Olympics, Summer, Nastia Liukin

Nastia Liukin Was Only Slightly More Entertaining Than Bela Karolyi

8/15/08 in Olympics, Summer   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect



This photo says it all, right? Bela Karolyi lost it in the NBC Studios and nearly assualted Bob Costas after watching Nastia Liukin's floor routine that sealed the gold medal.

Liukin becomes the third women's gold medalist in the All-Around from the United States, joining Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson.

Perhaps the favorite, or just the most marketed before the games, Shawn Johnson earned silver and really couldn't have asked for much more. Liukin, in my humble gymnastics expertise, was simply as good as it gets.

After getting beaten by the Chinese Elementary gym team in the team competition, it's nice to see a 1-2 beatdown. More on this tomorrow morning most likely, with video footage that NBC didn't get to.

Now we better make sure Costas is OK. He has more bloggers to hate on after these games.

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8/17/08   |   Eric   |   239 respect

I'll bet you it's the Chinese that posted those pictures.

8/17/08   |   Michael_G   |   37966 respect

Get a life y'all

8/17/08   |   ewqeq

"Princess Frog" Liukin, don't u feel guilty in front of Shawn?
She deserves the REAL gold, NOT YOU!


8/17/08   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

ewqeq wrote:
Oh yeah~Perfect legs! Perfect gold medal winner!





The International Gymnastics Federation will change their rules for princess liukin!
No more straight legs! We LOVE crossed legs and crossed legs win gold!!!!


8/17/08   |   ewqeq

(Edited by ewqeq)

Oh yeah~Perfect legs! Perfect gold medal winner!





The International Gymnastics Federation will change their rules for princess liukin!
No more straight legs! We LOVE crossed legs and crossed legs win gold!!!!

8/17/08   |   ewqeq

Look at her legs! Beautiful meat grinder in the air!
Khorkina will cry coz she was compared to such a "perfect" loser!



8/17/08   |   ewqeq

(Edited by ewqeq)

This is the so-called "perfect"?
What a shame!
OMG! Look her "V"-like legs! That is real victory!

8/16/08   |   Eric   |   239 respect

And another thing. You're quoted as saying, "...  they are not legitimate practice and scores should be deducted!"

Well, lying about ones age so they can participate in the Olympics is not a legitimate practice either.

How do you determine "legitimate" in regards to gymnastics? I thought gymnastics was a form of body movement and balance. Didn't think someone's "frog-like" legs would make them an illegitimate gymnast.

8/15/08   |   Eric   |   239 respect

lindsey_yang wrote:
Shawn is the real champion! Even though with somewhat perfect landing, Liukin is short with her appearing-elegant-but-not-standard act. She is famous for her frog-like legs when tucking and twisted legs when turning which appeared so often last night. These two act are part of her reasons for solid landing and turning. However, unfortunately, they are not legitimate practice and scores should be deducted! The highest score in the balance beam she got last night is out of nowhere since she has got much less difficult level and did worse than Shawn did. The same thing happened in the floor exercise. I am a Chinese. I wish to see Chinese girls to win. But, I have to say, the Chinese girl, Yiling Yang, lost it to Shawn, but not to Liukin!

Lol, you are entitled to your opinion. But, how many balance checks did Yang have on the beam??? How many did both Shawn and Nastia have? Nastia and Shawn could double their checks and still not have the total that Ying did.

8/15/08   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

lindsey_yang wrote:
Shawn is the real champion! Even though with somewhat perfect landing, Liukin is short with her appearing-elegant-but-not-standard act. She is famous for her frog-like legs when tucking and twisted legs when turning which appeared so often last night. These two act are part of her reasons for solid landing and turning. However, unfortunately, they are not legitimate practice and scores should be deducted! The highest score in the balance beam she got last night is out of nowhere since she has got much less difficult level and did worse than Shawn did. The same thing happened in the floor exercise. I am a Chinese. I wish to see Chinese girls to win. But, I have to say, the Chinese girl, Yiling Yang, lost it to Shawn, but not to Liukin!

Well, sorry to say this but "You ARE SO WRONG!"

8/15/08   |   lindsey_yang

Shawn is the real champion! Even though with somewhat perfect landing, Liukin is short with her appearing-elegant-but-not-standard act. She is famous for her frog-like legs when tucking and twisted legs when turning which appeared so often last night. These two act are part of her reasons for solid landing and turning. However, unfortunately, they are not legitimate practice and scores should be deducted! The highest score in the balance beam she got last night is out of nowhere since she has got much less difficult level and did worse than Shawn did. The same thing happened in the floor exercise. I am a Chinese. I wish to see Chinese girls to win. But, I have to say, the Chinese girl, Yiling Yang, lost it to Shawn, but not to Liukin!

8/15/08   |   Jon   |   5 respect

Great performance (by both Nastia & Bela). I was glad to see that the top 2 places went to competitors we know are competing legally.

8/15/08   |   Bravesfan23

krysyndaday wrote:
Yes, Bela was hilarious-When they were showing the replay from inside the NBC center, I thought Costas was going to have to get up and move before Bela pushed him out of the chair!

As for the judging, piss poor and bias as usual, yet the American still prevailed!

Yeah I definitely have to agree with you.  That judging was HORRIBLE!  It seemed like the judges were doing everything possible to keep the Americans from winning the Gold even though the Chinese were below average last night.  It was great to see Nastia Liukin win that medal and I was happy for both her and Shawn Johnson.  Not only are they very pretty but they are also very talented!  And yes, Bela Karolyi was hilarious.....but it shows you how much passion he has for the sport!

8/15/08   |   mwillie1   |   19 respect

I wish more announcers would be more colorful like Bela!!

8/15/08   |   krysyndaday

Yes, Bela was hilarious-When they were showing the replay from inside the NBC center, I thought Costas was going to have to get up and move before Bela pushed him out of the chair!

As for the judging, piss poor and bias as usual, yet the American still prevailed!

8/15/08   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

This was great! Despite the judges keeping the Chinese girl close, both girls did their best and went 1,2. Best momen=watching Bella watching the girls. He cracks me up!

8/15/08   |   Boski93   |   375 respect

The USA striking another blow against Child Labor!

8/15/08   |   chiaradawn18

I seen so amzaing people and this one is the best

8/15/08   |   Eric   |   239 respect

Michael_G wrote:
What's with the bulge in her leotard?

LOL...

8/15/08   |   Michael_G   |   37966 respect

What's with the bulge in her leotard?

8/15/08   |   Eric   |   239 respect


"Liukin becomes the third women's gold medalist in the All-Around from the United States, joining Mary Lou Retton and Carly Patterson. "

Both Carly Patterson and Nastia Luikin both trained right down the street from where I live. In Plano Texas. I knew Patterson did, but didn't know Luikin did until one of the announcers said that they both trained there... kinda interesting. Also, for Planoites everywhere, Testerone Man (Lance Armostrong) is also from Plano.