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Is the scoring system hurting the athletes?

Is the scoring system hurting the athletes?

Originally Published: October 7, 2011
By Amy Van Deusen

Gymnastics has never been a sport for the faint of heart: Not every athlete would willingly sign on to do double backflips over a steel pipe (as in men's high bar), run full tilt and then dive headfirst toward an inanimate object when vaulting, or attempt twisting flips on a balance beam that amounts to a wooden plank.

But when the world championships start Friday in Tokyo, gymnasts will be taking these tricks to a whole new level. In the past five years, the elements have become ...

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