Call me crazy. Call me pedantic. Call me what you will.
But I like hearing the interactions between athlete and coach/teammate during a competition. I find it insightful, insofar as we hear either's opinion on a particular circumstance surrounding the routine (eg reaction to or explanation of a mistake) or you just get to see good old camaraderie in play.
Overheard at the Aussie Haircare Invitational some years ago brought us, 'Allana: You got absolutely... nuthin' to lose." Overheard in Athens brought us 'You did that four years ago!' and Overheard in Melbourne 2006 brought us, 'I need you to be there for Hollie, ok?'. All remarks from our head coach.
Beijing brought us a little bit from everyone.
I was lucky enough to access NBC online footage (No commentary! No scrolling titles! NO ADS!) of the Beijing WAG competition; I downloaded team prelims and finals where the camera films all teams in that session marching to, competing on and marching away from, each individual apparatus. For example, you download one file which is Russia-Germany-Ukraine-Australia competing vault, then all teams on bars, and so on and so on. When I work up the patience (and have paid my nearly-exceeding-the-monthly-limit internet bill) I'll upload what I have to YouTube so you can see it all yourself. Because let's face it, Channel 7 didn't do us any favours.
Anyway. The footage is quite lengthy and the camera follows each gymnast as they leave the apparatus, pack up their stuff, speak with their coach and prepare to cheer on the next competitor. If you turn the volume up loud enough (God bless VLC player where you can go upwards of 100% volume level) you can hear some interesting things...
Lauren, acknowledging she fell twice: "That's so annoying".
P-Liddy, to Georgia after a hit routine: "You coulda got a full-in outta that dismount! Good job!"
Georgia, to Shona after each has a hit routine:
G: "Great beam score...really good beam score!"
G: "Yeah, you!"
S: "What was it?"
G: "Fifteen-three...I think?"
S (with a hint of a smile): "...nice."
Georgia, going to hug Lauren after her mistakes: "Hugs all 'round... free hugs for all!"
P-Liddy, to Ashleigh: "You gotta do it just like training, that's all."
Martine, to Lauren after a nice vault: "Bang-a-roos!"
Olivia, to Ashleigh after a stuck vault: "That was awesome! Good job, girl!"
Physio, to Shona, appearing modest after her hit routine: "Smile! You gotta smile!"
Martine, to Georgia after a hit routine: "Good girl. One of your best!"
Georgia, after putting on trackies but then taking them off and handing them to the physio: "I sat on something!"
Physio: "Aww no!"
Olivia, to Shona before she begins: "Technique, Shona, Technique!"
Martine, to Georgia after she high-tens a few of the others once she finishes: "Tens all 'round?"
Team Final Vault:
Lauren, to Olivia after a nice vault: "Makes up for my Floor!"
Team Final Beam:
Dasha, to everyone, on the noise as China competes vault: "Ohmigod, the roar!" and they then all concur that roar was especially loud when Cheng Fei was vaulting.
Dasha, to Shona and Georgia after Shona rocks beam: "I am so proud right now!"
Lauren, to everyone, after her beam: "I swear to God, my legs were like that!" (You only hear this over the slow-mo replay but I assume she makes a wibbly gesture with her legs to indicate nerves)
Martine, to everyone breathing sighs of relief: "One target at a time."
Team Final Bars:
Martine, as Shona prepares for bars: "How's the [bar] tension?"
S: "Oh, I asked them to do it a bit tighter".
(she also did this in the prelim competition)
Martine, encouraging Dasha before she starts: "C'mon Dash! Make it happen!"
And we all know what happens after that - whacked nose, lots of concern, tissues rushed over. Twice, Martine tries to tell her that she needs to wipe her nose. Of course, the camera's rolling all the time so she has gesture very quickly and very subtly!