I tried something a little different last night. I decided to watch the Men’s All Around final on the Canadian station (CBC) rather than NBC. The highlight of the CBC’s coverage was definitely the length. They gave almost 3 solid hours of the finals and there were frequently 20-30 minute stretches without commercial breaks. The downside was the commentary and lack of little extras. I know that everyone harps on Tim, Elfi & Al, but I have to admit that I missed them. Tim gives an enthusiasm that is unmatched by the Canadian commentators, who seemed rather ho hum throughout the competition. And there were no human interest stories (we can pretend we don’t like them but we know that we all do) or inspiring music going to and from the commercial breaks. I didn’t think I would miss that stuff but I did.
Ok, enough said about the coverage. On to the competition. My thoughts…
So Yang Wei finally has his gold. It’s about time. And he couldn’t have scripted it any better… to have been thwarted for so long and to finally achieve his lifelong dream in front his home crowd. It doesn’t get any better than that. Well done.
I must say, though, that his overall performance was not stellar. I have been slowly coming around to the new code of points but something sure seems amiss when the Olympic All Around champion can finish SO far in front with a high bar routine like that. Not to mention his lackluster start on Floor. Just makes me wonder… I realize his dominance on the other four events but still. Seems strange.
Speaking of which, how about Kohei Uchimura? The guy fell off pommels twice! Again, he was brilliant on the other events but it just doesn’t sit well with me. He certainly has a brilliant future. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the next quad.
Bravo to Benoit Caranobe! I had never even heard of the guy. It was so fun to see someone totally unknown and unexpected have the meet of his life and win a medal. I’m excited to see him in the Vault final.
So while the final was a good one, I’m still left with a lot of questions about this code. What did you all think? Did you enjoy the final?