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Do we really want our athletes to be flawless?

Sports such as gymnastics seem to require absolute perfection. Is that a good thing? The List

Updated: June 25, 2008, 11:00 AM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

If you're a nitpicker -- and not just a nitpicker but a tightly wound, see-every-flaw kind of person, the type who can spot a speck of dust across the room -- you must absolutely love gymnastics and diving.

Outside of presidential politics, is there another human endeavor that magnifies the most insignificant flaws the way the Summer Subjective Sports do?

Welcome to nitpicker's paradise. Every tiny, incremental mistake is greeted with grieving by the competitors, coaches ...

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