And maybe if she were a little older and a little more experienced she wouldn't have done that at all. And maybe she would have thought of her tiny little team mate who was coming up after her and needed to be reminded that Russia is invincible, or at least what is possible, she wouldn't ha,ve done it either. Dementieva needed a leader. But I will forgive Mustafina that because although she acts like a woman of the world she is still but a baby.
What I find it difficult to forgive, however, is their behavior on floor today. So Mustafina didn't have the best routine, but she was leading for a lot of the event. Afanasyeva, who never ceases to disappoint me by HEADCASING every single time there is some pressure on her completely screwed up a routine she has been doing all week. But part of me always kinds of expects that.
But what really bothered me was that they left the floor before the final was finished. They moved to a corner, had a group hug with their coaches and left the floor while there were still four gymnasts to compete. Rude.
|She doesn't exactly look heartbroken, does she?|
Mustafina came back, probably because she was still in the lead at the end and got sent back. I heard Peggy Liddick say that they were all in the back gym weeping. What's the problem? Aliya medalled despite the fact she was understandably dragging today and Afanasyeva made big mistakes and has no one but herself to blame. I know I sound harsh, but seriously. She lost herself that gold medal. But if you can spend five minutes after your routine not crying on the competition floor you should stay there.
Izbasa was a mess and she also left floor after twenty minutes or so. I can understand her position more (though I will say to satisfy the "TCG Hates The Russians" people, I also think Sandra was rude and badly behaved for walking out too- I merely saw more evidence of her distraught emotional situation- the Russians were laughing and talking as they walked out). Sandra has clawed her way back from her injury and this should have been a big moment for her and she screwed it. She was beside herself with tears from the moment she walked off the podium. The Russians weren't even crying when they left. They just upped and walked out.
It was a little disappointing to watch. I love the drama of the Russians, I love the gymnastics, but sometimes, just sometimes, I don't like the attitude.