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No spoilers here, just some general thoughts.

- Gabby Douglas is just stunning to watch. I mean, I will be the first to confess, I know very little about gymnastics (or any sport, really), and the only time I watch is at the Olympics, so my favorites tend to be based not on technicalities but on how much fun they are to watch. Obviously Gabby is incredibly skilled technically, but what I love about her is how she makes it look so energetic, so joyful, so larger-than-life. You almost can't even breathe watching her. So good.

- Also, Diana Bulimar on floor. Just beautiful.

- The BBC's coverage, and especially their announcing, is so much better than NBC's. Just. I'm not saying that BBC's coverage is perfect, because it certainly isn't, but for the most part they seem to steer clear of pitting the women against each other in catty narratives, they don't really make commentary on any of the athletes' personalities, they don't spend endless film time focusing on people's mistakes and tears and upsets. For the most part the commentary sticks to technicalities, and the announcers are frequently complimentary, which is such a nice change from NBC's tendency to spend the entirety of a beautiful routine talking about how the woman in question is usually awful at this, or wtf ever.

Just in general I guess it's a little sad how refreshing it is to finally hear some commentary that is...nice? NBC, why can't we have nice things?
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