Posted by: wagrobanite | 02/07/2010

One Hit Wonder?

There have been many what I like to call “One Hit Wonders” in Gymnastics and Figure Skating. These are men and women who compete for one to four seasons and show great promise but don’t continue past a big competition like the Olympics. Now many of them it turns out couldn’t continue due to injury and then it’s a different story. Carly Patterson was one such gymnast. She was an absolute phenom as a junior and as a senior she was amazing. Including the Olympics. Now she wasn’t completely fantastic in team trails but she was good. But in the All around, she was on fire!

Watch her Beam routine from the All around here or on Youtube:

Carly was given a lot of grief about her retirement after the 2004 games. She didn’t give the gymnastics world a reason until 2008 where she explained that it was because of her back. She was told by her doctor that if she ever wanted to continue walking she should give up gymnastics. I don’t fault her for that decision. It must have been a very hard decision and frankly your life and health are more important.

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  1. I take issue with the term “one hit wonder”. One hit wonder would be someone who say, wins Nationals and then does awful in every competition after or who makes a great Junior showing and then can’t hack it as a senior. A gymnast who makes it all the way to the Olympics is by definition not a one hit wonder because they had to hit it in nationals (and likely worlds), through olympic trials, etc. Carly Patterson did not just compete for 1-4 seasons, she competed from the time when she was little and showed promise for years. And she fulfilled that promise and won All Around Gold.

    • Yes that is true and I say that in the post. However, One hit wonder in this case is that they only competed at one Olympics. McCool and Kupets also fall into this category. Many gymnasts do. It doesn’t mean they were great. I know all about Carly’s career. I like her gymnastics. But what I don’t like that idea of “the Promise” of one Olympics.

      Thanks for the comment though!

      • I just don’t agree with the term. It’s very common (especially in American gymnastics) for one Olympics to be it (and since most careers in gymnastics end by around 20 that only makes sense) for a career. I think in another sport where no longer being sixteen isn’t a major disadvantage, the term makes sense, but not in a sport where the older you get the less likely you are to physically able to compete (and be desirable).

      • I understand that. I’ve been following gymnastics since I was little. I still stand by my term.


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