Good to see Dasha's not giving up despite her horrific bars accident (her face! Her beautiful face! Oh, the huge manitee!) and that the team in general are now keeping their spirits up. It must've been a bit of a shock at the time but they rallied behind her and made sure she was ok.
No more dwelling on this, ok ladies? *points up, then down*
Of course, Miss D in the past has bounced back amazingly after disappointment. I know she's going to get thinking, "I don't want to be remembered as the girl who smashed her face at the Olympics, I want the world to REALLY know who I am and what I can do! Take THAT, adversity!" I just can't wait to see what she brings out in 2009.
She's already got her next year's routine planned out,'' Liddick said.
"She did that the night after she jammed her ankle.
"So she's not going to take her toys and go home. She understands. She's disappointed and I'm going to give her time to be disappointed."
The team did their best without her and will continue to grow in light of their Olympic debut.
For now, we have Georgia and Shona's all-around competition to follow. Go girls! What a marvellous achievement for a non-institute program.
The whole country is behind you!
(ETA: The panel program Yum Cha just announced that Dasha had won their "Onya!" Award for the day, for continuing with the bars routine despite the painful mistake. Yes, they showed it in slow-motion and it looked quite hurty. Hurty a lot. But you could see her face, she immediately regained a focussed look and kept on swinging like she'd caught the release perfectly. Onya indeed!)
ETA - Some 20 minutes later, Yum Cha is actually talking about the team final! Great montage of the gold, silver and bronze medallists. Replaying a bit of China's dominant performance... Lauren and Ash are on! Wow, they look good. And they're so well spoken! They're talking about the distraction tapes from camp that helped them master the crowd noise. Damn, they're showing Ash's floor which we didn't get to see. They're saying that they fed off the excitement of the crowd and had a good time but still stayed focussed. Heeheehee, they sheepishly say they've enjoyed shopping in China a lot... What the? They got a present from the hosts? Errr... cooking pots? Yum cha pots or something? How patronising.