Originally Posted by HeatherC1212
Gymnastics: Make the Olympic teams have six members again. They're going to five member teams for the first time this summer with the London Games and there are way too many good gymnasts from not just the USA but a lot of other countries as well that are going to be left at home. It's sad to me that they're changing this rule for no real apparent reason.
That seems silly. My beef with women's gymnastics is that the sport is set up to favor younger girls who often haven't finished growing and push them to their limits. According to my grandfather, who spend many years treating athletes as an orthopedic surgeon, young athletes performing at that level at such a young age often end up with injuries that affect the growth plates in their skeletal system, which can cause significant problems as they grow older. If anything, I'd like to see them work on modifying the events in ways that give advantage to older athletes who have reached physical maturity. I don't know how you would do that, maybe by having the women's events more resemble the men's, where physical strength is just as important as flexibility. Over the years we've seen more women compete in sports and events traditional considered men's domain. I see no reason why women can't compete on apparati similar to the men's, other than the powers that be like seeing girls do crazy flippy moves on the uneven bars and the balance beam.