Now that gymnastics is officially over, it is time to look back at the lessons we learned over the past ten days:
Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson are incredibly talented gymnasts who rise above comparison. Forget "the next Mary Lou." It's been 24 years since Mary Lou, and the accomplishments of Liukin and Johnson stand on their own. The final medal count for the pair is two golds, six silvers and a bronze -- enough to put them ahead of Jamaica.
The Chinese are really, really good, both men and women. Sure, maybe they are underage, and they did have the support of a raucous, well-organized crowd. Still, they had excellent technique, beautiful form and difficult routines. Even if it is found that He Kexin is actually a toddler, she is a toddler with some gorgeous release moves.
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It must be said that the Chinese women seem really young. I have an 18-year-old neice, and she is tiny, young-looking and hasn't grown an inch since she was 13. Compared to He Kexin and Yang Yilin, she looks 40.