1. Gymnastics is hands-down the most watched sport at the Olympics both in ticket sales and in TV ratings.
2. USA is not an underdog in gymnastics. At least not the women's gymnastics team. They definitely were the underdogs before the 1990s when the Eastern Bloc countries completely dominated, but the fall of the Iron Curtain allowed the US to start making a mark on the sport. Also, the US has dominated the sport for most of the past decade. The past three Olympic All Around Champions have been American and four World All Around Champions since 2005 have been American.
3. Gabby Douglas is the true underdog story where last year she was a long shot for even making the World Championship team in Tokyo. She went from a mediocre national team member to two-time Olympic Champion in less than a year. I have never seen any American gymnast make that kind of rise in such a short amount of time to become the Olympic All Around Champion! It's even more amazing considering her biggest competition was eliminated from the get-go when Jordyn Wieber didn't qualify to the all-around final due to the two-per-country rule.
4. So far NBC has been fixated on nothing BUT the Americans! A lot of my gymternet friends have complained that they don't even bother to show many routines from other countries (even the top countries!). When they do, it's usually just a couple of Russians only to take a moment to talk about how the Russian gymnasts are acting like divas. The diva thing they have overdone for the past two years that's already reached a point of being over the top and unnecessary.
By the way, I'm simply complaining about NBC's TV coverage. NBCOlympic's livestream coverage online has been absolutely fantastic because it's completely different from their TV broadcast. The TV broadcast features the usual Terrible Trio of Al Trautwig, Tim Daggett, and Elfi Schlegel. The livestream has featured Shannon Miller and some South African guy (who's a bit dimwitted). However, Shannon Miller could not have made my Olympic-viewing experience any more pleasant than it has been!
I've been following this sport since 1994 and have never missed a single televised broadcast until these Olympics. It's just frustrating to see NBC's coverage of gymnastics in general (not just the Olympics) continue to get shittier and shittier by the year because of the stupid NBC agenda they play. That's why I fell in love with this article. A true gymnastics fan doesn't tolerate this shit because we already have for too long. I mean, why bother to air gymnastics on TV at all if the network and commentators are only going to continue to do a shit job of it? I've been following most gymnastics competitions online since 2005/2006 because NBC has lost their touch