First off I must say:
Paul Hamm: Wow! Just, wow.
First the Men’s team event ends with the Japanese doing one top notch high bar routine after another to take the gold.
Then the Romanian women nail one floor exercise after another to take the gold.
And now we have Paul Hamm nailing down his high bar routine minutes after a vault so disastrous that if the Wide World of Sports were still on, it could have replaced the ski jumper as the “agony of defeat” visual.
Yeah, four or five other gymnasts made big mistakes to open the door for him, but those final two performances were amazing given the circumstances.
So far every competition has ended with the final team or performer hitting big scores in the final event to bring the gold home; nobody has backed into a gold.
Kerri Strug? Mary Lou Retton? Pikers. The only way Hamm’s comeback could have been more amazing is if he’d done his high bar routine with a broken leg and still landed the dismount.