London Olympics 2012 To Follow 2008 Chinese Extravaganza, Murder and Cheating Controversy

And so we bid adieu to the Olympics. It was certainly an extravagant event costing the Chinese over 41 billion dollars to sponsor it.

This Olympics looked like trouble at the outset. An American, Todd Bachman was murdered, and there was an ensuing attack on his wife. Barbara Bachman suffered multiple stab wounds and had to undergo major surgery to save her life. Todd Bachman was the father-in-law, and Barbara is the mother-in law, of Hugh McCutcheon, the coach of the Gold Medal US Olympic Volleyball Team. Throughout the Olympics, the team wore the initials TB on their shoes in memory of the man that had died and took Gold in the process. The murdering psychotic that killed Todd Bachman leapt to his death after the incident.

After this murder, however, it was a peaceful Olympics. The Chinese hosted an extraordinary event and, for the remainder of the Olympics, provided a safe environment for athletes throughout the world. The media has been quick to criticize the large amount spent and the massive effort put forth by the Chinese to win Gold at all costs, but they overlook the fact that while this was an Olympics with winners and losers, our athletes all arrived home safely. The most egregious spectacle following the murder at the 13th-century Drum Tower was a kick to a referee by a Taekwando athlete. This was a hugely successful Olympics and the Chinese deserve kudos for delivering it to us.

Certainly, the closed society had its advantages for hosting such an event. Terrorists and security were of much less of a concern, because it would be much more difficult for low-lifes that would terrorize athletics in the games to penetrate China’s society. As we in the US have discovered, we have to give up some of our freedoms to protect ourselves from radicals and the mentally unstable, but even in China, it isn’t possible to defend against all random acts of violence.

As our readers know, we have shown that the Chinese were reprehensible in some of their activities during these Olympics. They clearly cheated in Women’s gymnastics, forging documents and covering up the age of their athletes. In addition, there appeared to be consistent judging errors in gymnastics, where even the Chinese audience booed the results despite their own athletes taking gold. When 41 billion dollars is spent on an Olympics, versus 12-13 billion in Greece four years ago, one has to believe that some money was channeled to provide an advantage to the Chinese in their events.

We also realize that the Chinese government clearly violated human rights prior to and during these games. Protests against China and the Olympics were suppressed entirely.

The Chinese ministry released this ominous statement prior to the Olympics, “Any group or individual who stages a gathering, parade, or demonstration during the Beijing Olympic Games period must respect Chinese law. As to those legal activities, police will protect them according to the law. As for those activities that are illegal, we police will handle them according to the law.” But the Chinese made sure there were no “legal” activities.

The law, essentially was to not allow any protests or demonstrations, and to use applications for protests within the law as methods for detaining or marking those that requested the protests as dissidents. The Chinese essentially rejected every single request to protest any action during the games and disciplined some that applied.

According to the Associated Press, “In the past few days, human rights groups and families of people who have applied for permits to protest in the parks say some people were taken away afterward by security agents, prompting critics to accuse officials of using the plan as a trap to draw potential protesters to their attention.”

The rights of individuals as we understand them were clearly undermined. Many had their property confiscated to allow China to easily sponsor the games. Yang Shuangjun, one such resident, was quoted as saying “I have lived all over since I became homeless, including tunnels, warehouses, on the street, and the houses of friends and relatives. What they have done to us is unlawful and unfair.” Unlawful in China is a relative term.

Sun Liwei, a 52-year-old former teacher, also had her possessions confiscated by the government. “My heart aches. I have always believed in my government, even though I have lost everything. My possessions, my home, and my job were taken away from me. I don’t feel like a citizen anymore.”

Human rights violations are nothing new to China and there were world-wide protests regarding such violations prior to the Olympics. Overall, the viewing audience was isolated from these incidents.

The question that remains going forward is how to follow up a 41 billion dollar extravaganza!! The primary nation that has to be concerned is Great Britain. They are to sponsor the next Olympics in London in 2012!! How will it compare?

Security concerns were a huge cost in Athens four years ago, and Great Britain has been the target of most major terrorist acts since 9/11. Much of the budget will likely have to be dedicated to just maintaining the safety of the participants.

We will see in four years. We hope the Chinese prove to be as great as they were this year, but we also hope they get exposed in the areas they cheated and get disciplined accordingly.



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Top Ten Reasons Why the Chinese Cheat In Olympic Women’s Gymnastics

The question that is most often asked is why did China cheat? China cheated in the 2008 Women’s Gymnastics by sending girls well under the age of 16 to compete in Olympic gymnastics, but why?  What did China and their gymnastics team gain by cheating and lying to the remaining Olympic teams?

This article presents the top 10 reasons in reverse order of importance.

10.  Female athletes past the age of 16 are physically developed and have weight distribution that is quite different from younger gymnasts.  In some events, this provides an advantage to girls less developed. It is easier for them to perform many of the exercises. Most that have won gold are 16 or younger.

9.   Psychology has much to do with the issue.  Older athletes feel the pressure more than children who are not mature enough to possess the same feelings of pressure and stress. Younger kids worry less.  Experienced coaches know this.  Bela Karolyi, the former coach of Olympic gold  medalists Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton, was interviewed before the Chinese performed, and said, “This young Chinese team (is) using 14-15 year olds, all kids, they have no pressure…”.

8. Younger girls appear to be less prone to injury.  Whether this is because of flexibility issues or some other reason is not known. Some of these statistics can be seen here.

7. Pressure is another factor related to 9 above. For older girls there is much less of chance of repeating in the Olympics.  That makes it a much more do or die scenario.  The younger girls can look at it more as just another competition or preparation for future games taking the pressure off.

6. A nation choosing to violate the rules and enter younger girls into the Olympics allows the girls to acquire more experience in the Olympics at a younger age.  Sneaking in 12-14 year olds allows those athletes to return at 16-18 well seasoned in Olympic competition giving the team better odds of delivering winners.  Most 16 year olds in the competition will likely not be able to compete again in future Olympics due to age issues and injury, but a 12-14 year old is guaranteed, if she remains healthy, to have a solid opportunity to repeat.  Essentially, for most women gymnasts, their career is over by 18.

5. The Olympics are only once every 4 years!! Some of your best talent may never get a chance to compete.  Girls that are 15 are excluded from the Olympics.  Their probability of maintaining their level of excellence, avoiding injury and surviving as competitors given the general pressures of teen-hood for four years, and then performing in their first Olympics at 19-20 is slim.  China’s dishonesty takes advantage of all the countries that could not send girls that were within just months or days of the requirement.

4. Smaller Framed women have less of a chance of going out of bounds during floor exercises because they can execute the same move in a shorter distance.

3.  Prescreening. Some girls can perform when in practice, but cannot in the stadium.  This provides the team a chance to screen the participants prior to giving them key positions on the team for future competitions.

2. Psychological advantage.  The girls on competing teams know the other girls are cheating to take an advantage and it impacts their performances.

1. First and foremost, sneaking in underage girls widens the field of prospects considerably. If you are limited to just girls over 16, you have a much narrower field to select from.  A girl 2 months shy of the deadline, healthy and with as good a prospects as a girl only 2 months her senior cannot be considered, even if the older girl is injured or is not as talented.  China could consider everyone because they are dishonest and have no problem with cheating to get the best of their girls to the Olympics.  Many American Olympic gymnastic athletes had injuries, but because the USA follows the rules, many 15 year olds that were readily available could not take their place.  The US had to enter the all-around competition with numerous injured athletes.

Deng LinLin of China walks by Nastia Liukin and Alicia Sacramone during the Women’s Gymnastics Team Finals in Beijing, China on August 13,2008.

Conclusion

China’s cheating hurts everyone.  It is a disgrace.  And it isn’t the first time.  The Chinese were caught “red” handed in the 2000 Olympics lying to the world and got caught. It hurts all our girls that could not go and may never get the chance to go.   And every girl they cheat from other nations out of an opportunity comes at a stiff price to that country and their potential medalists.  China is not only cheating, they are stealing from those nations and participants that obey the rules.

We believe China should be suspended from the next Olympic games entirely as the truth comes out and everyone realizes that they cheated once again.

UPDATED: Myrealitytelevision.com Told You China Cheats, Now There is Proof!! American Women’s Gymnastics Team May Yet Get Olympic Gold!

We have reported for days that China is cheating in these Olympics.  Our articles have challenged the International Olympics Committee for their apparent inability to enforce their own rules.  We have also alleged the Chinese Gymnastics team and the Chinese government are cheating in these Olympics.   We do not stop there.  We feel this is not just cheating; there have been criminal acts perpetrated to execute this fraud on the world and our Olympic athletes.

China sent vastly underage girls to the games.  As we have stated in our prior articles, the minimum age for qualification in Olympics gymnastics competition is 16.   Records found by Sports Illustrated and the New York Times have already clearly demonstrated the Chinese government committed numerous crimes including forgery.  These are crimes for which we in the US would go to prison, but the Chinese authorities violate them with aplomb.

The International Olympic Committee has finally put on their glasses, but it took pressure from the media and a computer expert before they finally decided to formally investigate the age of Chinese gymnast He Kexin.

International Olympic Committee (IOC)  president Jacques Rogge had irresponsibly deferred authority for enforcing the age limit to China’s Gymnastics Federation, ignorantly leaving the fox to police the henhouse.  Evidence was staring the IOC in the face, but now the evidence is so strong that China’s Gymnastics Federation are complicit criminals, the IOC has no choice.

Michael Walker, a United States computer security expert, was able to track down two documents deleted by the Chinese. The documents clearly show that He Kexin was born in 1994, making her 14.  The Chinese had attempted to delete these documents when first confronted with their fraud.

If this evidence bears out, and it now looks irrefutable, this also means that China coached the young girls on the Chinese gymnastics team to lie.  He Kexin, in interviews with the media, continually claimed to be 16 years of age.  Only training by coaches and other adults could have led this beautiful young innocent girl to lie on the global stage.  What unimaginable child abuse!

This has enormous medal ramifications.  It could mean the American Gymnasts will get the Gold medal for the all around when China finally gets embarrassed for their disgrace and the medals are stripped from the Chinese team.

This didn’t serve the girls on the Chinese gymnastics team, it did not serve the Chinese people, and it clearly demonstrates a Chinese government that is out of touch and operating as criminals in an international forum.  It also brings into doubt the results of all events that favored the Chinese throughout these Olympics.

One has to wonder, if this cockroach has now risen from the kitchen cupboard, how many others are hiding in the crevices?   How many other ways is China cheating in these Olympics and in the world?

How many other subtle manipulations in these Olympics could have allowed China to outperform?  A criminal doesn’t stop at one opportunity to deceive and rob others. Could there have been sabotage of other Olympic teams in these games?  Our guess is that many deceitful and criminal activities will come to light proving that the Chinese government is more criminal than we can imagine.

The IOC ostriches have finally been forced to take their heads out of the sand.  Let’s hope they expose the Chinese government for the miscreants they are and embarrass them in front of the world as the Chinese medals are stripped from their teams one by one.

NBC Confirms Myrealitytelevision.com’s accusations of China Cheats!!

Long after we posted our article showing evidence had confirmed our accusation of China for cheating, the following video was released by NBC.

We have continually been criticized for our call that the Chinese cheated. But it is now out in the open. The US will likely get the overall gymnastics Gold as China walks away in shame.

Now, as it turns out, as we have continually stated, as many as 3 of the gymnasts may be under age.

Where else are the Chinese cheating? Own any Chinese stocks? May be time to sell!!

Update: 22 August 2008

IOC Complicit With Chinese Authorities in Olympic Fraud

The IOC just hours after opening an investigation into under age Chinese gymnasts, dismissed clear evidence demonstrating that as many as three of the Chinese gymnasts were under age.

In an article released last night, Yahoo said the parents were “indignant”.  To whom?  China does not have free borders.  Certainly this indignance has to be towards other Chinese that know these girls are under age and are facing down the parents that have been rewarded or forced to lie by the Chinese government.

The IOC is attempting to brush this under the rug quickly, despite absolute proof China cheated in prior Olympics.  And in so doing, they are complicit with the criminal acts of the Chinese government.  Does this involve bribes or threats by the Chinese?

It has been obvious that the judges in these Olympics have favored the Chinese athletes, consistently delivering scores that marginally guaranteed Chinese medals.  If the judges are so easily manipulated, it is not hard to imagine that same manipulation of a spineless and useless body such as the IOC.

We believe the evidence, not the farcical characters in the IOC.  China cheated.  The IOC will come under intense pressure going forward to address the issue.  And if they don’t, others will bring the evidence that they themselves are criminals and should be removed.

One example of obvious fraud was reported by the Associated Press.  The birth date of Yang Yilin was listed from 2004 to 2006 on official national registration lists posted by the General Administration of Sport of China to be Aug. 26, 1993.  Now it is suddenly 1991?    Please!!   Don’t question the world’s intelligence.

The IOC is criminal if they do not act.  And China is criminal in their forgeries and deception.  We do not bite on the “Chinese just look younger” argument.  Maybe they do slightly, but 16 year olds do NOT look 11-13.  The Chinese government tried to brush it under the rug using this same argument that Koreans and Japanese girls looked just as young.  No, they didn’t.  No other team looked an average age of 13.

This is a sad day because it is obvious the IOC could not possibly have conducted any investigation whatsoever in the few hours they took to respond, but we beleive this is far from over.  We believe after the Olympics have passed, the pressure will rise to a boiling point and the IOC will once again have to raise their heads out of the sand.  Hopefully this time it will be have them cut off.

Update: 28 August 2008

Another Reason China Cheated In the 2008 Olympics

This article sums it up quite well, so we won’t repeat it. There were financial gains to be made by the Chinese by manipulating the medal outcome.

By paying off judges, entering underage girls in the gymnastics and pressuring the world to get a basement game, ping pong, into the Olympics, the Chinese guaranteed more medals, all to line their pockets at the world’s expense.

They had to pay for those elaborate game shows somehow right?

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TOP 10 REASONS WHY THE CHINESE CHEAT IN OLYMPIC WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS

90% Of Our Pollsters Feel China Women’s Gymnastics Squad Should Be Stripped of Gold Medals

In our poll, we have asked our readers if they feel that China’s Women’s Gymnastics squad should be stripped of their Gold medals. In similar polls, we have asked if they feel Gold medals and various judging calls clearly favored the Chinese in what appeared to be cheats or set-ups. Finally, we have asked if they consider that China Cheats by allowing girls that are significantly under age.

We have had an overwhelming response and the results may surprise you. Approximately 85-90% of respondents believe that China does cheat and should be denied their medals. They believe that introducing significantly under age girls into the Olympics is a violation of Olympic rules and should deny China the right to compete.

While we originally favored not penalizing the Chinese teams that did cheat, we have changed that view. Had it been America that cheated, the world would have called us a disgrace and gladly disqualified our teams. But America does not cheat. China cheats. And the world allows it. We are at a loss for words why some say they hate an honest America when in even something as simple as Olympics Competition, China demonstrates clear dishonesty and does not garner the same hostility?

Perhaps media control and protected borders shield a nation from the eventual destruction that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ultimate collapse of the USSR. But in the long run, people tend to hate success. Jealousy is why other nations hate the US. Fear that their lifestyles and freedoms will be more popular, thus breeding dissent from others in their own nations that similarly desire those freedoms, as would any human being.

Totalitarianism works for a while, but it usually fails, because it typically does not consider the rights of the individual. Making slaves out of children to make them Olympic Athletes, tearing them from their families and forcing them into training, only to discard them along the way if things don’t work out is child abuse.

Our Constitution, written by some of the most brilliant men in the last millennium, makes the US great, and if it applied to the entire world, all nations and all people would benefit.

China cheated before…

While it appears that some Chinese people may have been ‘in the dark’ about the minimum age rule in Olympic gymnastics, the same cannot be said about China’s women’s gymnastic team. Yang Yun, who was a double bronze winning Chinese gymnast in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney,  was originally listed as 16 years of age but later admitted on state television that she was only 14 when she competed.

The IOC, which was as spineless eight years ago as it is now, shrugged its shoulders and Yang was permitted to keep her medal. Eight years later in Beijing, it appears that Team China has managed to ‘pull off the same trick’ once again and this time it could carry away gold.

Shawn Johnson Gold Olympics Balance Beam… Finally! Retires From Women’s Gymnastics? Nastia Liukin Silver.

Cheng Fei, one of the few legal contestants from the Chinese team, went first.  She stumbled on the beam and nearly fell, but managed to maintain her balance.  Her dismount had a step, but overall, her performance was strong and had a high difficulty at 6.800.  Her total score after the beam was 15.950.

Li Shanshan of China, another of the coincidental 16 year olds on the Chinese team, is considered one of the best in the world.  But on a back-flip, she completely missed the beam and tumbled off looking anything but graceful, barely catching the beam with her hands.  She recovered like a champion, but she was not going to be in the medals in this competition, but her consolation is she can come back when she is actually of age.  Her score was an absurd 15.3.  Her fall should have placed her below 15, but it would not matter.

Shawn Johnson came up and was perfection.  There is no way to describe it in words.  A slight step back on the dismount was her only flaw.  Every move was perfect.  Her smile was glowing after the performance.  Nastia was next, but Shawn was obviously anxious after other poor judging in these Olympics prior to her performance.  Then, the smile.  The relief.  The score. 16.225.  No one was beating Shawn this time, except maybe Nastia?  That was the highest score on beam in China.

Nastia was similar in perfection.  Smoother, but a slight stumble cost her the Gold.  There was a hop on the dismount for another deduction, but this performance is similar in greatness.  This time, no one would take the Americans’ thunder.  This was 1-2 all the way!!  Shawn and Nastia embraced and awaited the score.  Both smiling, but both nervous.  Nastia…16.025.  No one would come close to either girl’s score.  It was over.

Shawn Johnson GOLD!!!  Nastia Liukin SILVER!!!  US 1-2 and Legitimate Too!!

Liang Chow, the US Coach was gleaming.  Shawn trained under coach Liang Chow for ten years for this moment.

Watching Shawn take the top of the podium for Gold was a tearful event for us.  But Shawn was all smiles.  During the National Anthem, Shawn was dead serious, and you could see a twitch in her face; the shock of it all was coming home.    And just as you thought she would shed a tear, she turned forward and smiled.  No tears are inside this girl.

After the event, Shawn said, possibly revealing her desire to quit at the top, “To finally get the gold on my final routine in my Olympic career…, uh, experience, it’s the perfect ending. It means more to me than any medal ever could.”

Indeed, Shawn had a fairy tale ending that brings tears to our eyes. And it was all that much sweeter with Nastia taking Silver at her side.

Please check our other Olympic stories on Shawn and Nastia by clicking here.

THE WINNING FORM!

The Awarding Ceremony



Chinese Disgrace, Shows Clearly They Cheat, Listing Yang Yilin as 15. Nastia Liukin Loses Gold in a Farce! You HAVE TO SEE THIS VIDEO!!

People cannot seem to understand how critical age is in women’s gymnastics. They seem to think that an older performer is better or more experienced, when in gymnastics it is dramatically far from the truth. Nastia Liukin had been injured last year and was fortunately healthy for these Olympics, but as the NBC announcer said, “Many said she was too old and too beat up”. At 18, she was too old!!!??? Such is the world of gymnastics where Nadia Comaneci won her first gold at the age of 14 and most are out of the sport before age 20.

Anna Liukin, Nastia’s mother, couldn’t even attend when her daughter Nastia competed for and won the All Around Gold Medal in Women’s Gymnastics. She had to find out via a text message on her cell.

Today, she would be in the audience, but she didn’t look comfortable.

The14-year old He Kexin, claimed by China to be 16, walked to the front of the uneven parallel bars. As NBC put it, “Does she look 16 to you?” No, because she isn’t, but she certainly looks older than Deng LinLin who we believe could be as young as 11. Kexin is great, but she could not have fairly qualified until she was 18, four years from now. While she is a great performer, it is a disgrace she is in the competition.

Kexin had fallen before, but she did not this time and was looking strong until she did the transition from the low bar to high bar and fell to an arms length downwards not able to quite make the transition smoothly. He’s dismount was ugly along with a step to the side. She got a much-undeserved 16.725, and one began to wonder if money was greasing the palms of the judges.

Nastia Liukin was next. She should not let cheating get to her, but it was obvious this was another Chinese setup. Nastia wasn’t as crisp as she could have been. Her high bar moves and dismount were fantastic, but her low bar moves looked a tad off. A tie at 16.725!! Oh my.

You cannot tie at the Olympic Games, which leaves it up to the computer to rank the gymnast. The NBC announcer once again caught China cheating. “I think they dropped the ball on this one. He Kexin had more visible errors”, he exclaimed, “That was not right!” Nastia showed the frustration plainly as the Chinese scoreboard showed He in the lead despite Kexin’s weaker performance and an unearned tie score.

It was time for Yanh Yilin to perform. The contestants must be Age 16 to compete. The screen clearly showed Yilin to be Age 15 (SEE OUR VIDEO). This should be an immediate disqualification. She nailed all points of her performance, outperforming Nastia and He, but she was clearly listed as under age. Could the Chinese finally be admitting they were cheating? And yet, she only got a 16.650 and looked totally dismayed. Maybe she lost a 10th of a point for being underage?

Photos were taken of the two Chinese underage girls posing with their lying coaches. It was a pretty sight, a 15 year old and 14 year old illegally in the Olympics.

Nastia was robbed in China.  A Gold medal had been awarded by 1/1000 of a point to the illegal Chinese contestant despite numerous visible flaws in her performance.

It is sad, that with all the talent that the Chinese possess, they have to resort to cheating to win in events for which they should not have even qualified.

The Olympics Women’s Gymnastics were a sham. Had the Americans just plain not been spectacular, the Chinese would have assured their underage girls would have won it all!

Yet another judging error in this Gymnastic competition!

Yang Yilin’s Performance with an intro showing her age as 15 yo.
The “uneven” results with commentary.

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Alicia Sacramone Deprived Of Medal As China Falls Down in Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Vault

To start, in the draw, Alicia had drawn the short straw and had to go first.  We are not sure how the drawing is done, but it did seem awfully coincidental that Shawn Johnson also drew the short straw in her event.  Going first is always a disadvantage, and both Americans drew the short straw out of the entire field?

Alicia had two vaults in the competition to redeem herself, but on each she bounced slightly on the landing.  Both vaults had been executed perfectly, but those little hops cost her points as she netted a 15.75 and a 15.325 for an average score of 15.537.

Next up was Cheng Fei from China, the only girl on the Chinese team that actually looks above the age of 16.  She did a higher difficulty vault, but also hopped slightly on the landing.  The vault itself was strong and the judges apparently decided the small hop was not worth a deduction and awarded her a 16.075.  She failed horribly on her next vault.  She hit the vault sideways; that was one penalty. Then she could not get enough height, and ended up landing on her knees; another major penalty.

The score she received was not believable.  Her second vault was awarded an overly generous 15.05 and that placed her average score just a hair above Alicia’s at 15.562, about 2/100 of a point ahead of Alicia.  Bear in mind that she got a 15.05 for falling, but Alicia had been awarded a 15.325 on her vault, which was perfect except for a small hop at the end.  Had Cheng Fei even been awarded a 15.00, Alicia would have bronzed.  The judges had given Cheng Fei just enough to ensure Alicia would not medal, but later vaults similar to Cheng’s were awarded 14s.

This atrocious judging pushed Alicia out to fourth.  Korea gets the Gold, Germany the Silver, and China the Bronze.  Alicia missed the medal by 2/100 of a point and, despite having executed excellent vaults and having landed on her feet both times, still ended up behind the Chinese Bronze Medalist who executed a horrible second vault, landing on her knees.

This was an enormous judging error that cheated Alicia out of her chance to redeem herself and out of a Medal she deserved.

This will be an Olympics that Alicia will want to forget.  At age 20, it quite likely will be her last.

Watch Alicia Sacramone and Cheng Fei’s actual perfomances and judge for yourself… Cheng Fei falls on her knees, and she gets a Bronze medal. Sacramone misses the Bronze by 2/100 of a point…

Please take time now to watch the commentary of Bela Karolyi, the legendary US gymnastics coach. His view on the vault final as a “total rip-off…”

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US Nastia Liukin Wins Gymnastic Gold While Her Mother Goes Sight Seeing

Nastia Liukin won Gold Thursday night in the Women’s Gymnastics all-around Final.  She was spectacular and clearly the undisputed Gold medalist of the entire world.

But as she performed, her mother, Anna Liukin, went sight seeing.

“Actually, I wasn’t in the building at the time”, said Anna, “I decided to go and do sightseeing around the Beijing Area”.  Nastia had to text her mother saying, “I won, love you Mom”.

As Nastia hugged her father and teammates, Nastia’s mother was touring Beijing.

Her mother said she was too nervous to attend, “It would be too many butterflies in my stomach”.

At 8 AM, she texted her daughter to say “Stay focused and have fun!! Text me when you done.  Love you”.

Nastia later said, “I saw her a few hours after I won and it was the first time I had seen her since I left for the Olympics.”

Nastia’s Father, Valeri Liukin, was by her side every step of the way.

Photo Credits: Lluis Gene / Getty Images / NBC