The disgraceful International Gymnastics Federation (IGF) has asked Paul Hamm to give up his earned gold medal as “the ultimate show of good will”. What a big pile of horse sh*t. As the group responsible for upholding rules and standards for international competition, they expect Hamm to disregard his own gutsy, awe-inspiring performance and concede to the pathetic performance of their own judges.
Shame on you, IGF.
Hamm earned that medal based on the rules that you scumbags are supposed to administer. The IGF had three Olympic-caliber judges and a judging system that should have been up to par with Hamm’s performance. They failed. Hamm didn’t. In addition, based on the rules, the Korean coaches, who are also supposed to be among the best coaches in the world in their field, were not up enough on the rules of competition to dispute the scores. They are also culpable. Shame the hell on them, too
The fact remains that Hamm should not have even won a medal after his catastrophic vault, but he managed to create nearly flawless routines throughout the rest of the event while all the other athletes fell apart. It never should have been that close, but it was.
And that’s why Hamm is the Olympic champion. The International Gymnastics Federation should honor his effort instead of trying to hide behind their mistakes.