Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Female American, Chinese gymnasts face off

BEIJING (AP) - Nastia Liukin is bringing the toughest uneven bars routine in the world, and Shawn Johnson will be strutting some of the strongest stuff on vault, floor and balance beam. When it comes to sauce and sass, no one comes close to Alicia Sacramone.

C'mon, China, think you can top that?

Actually, yes.

For every dazzling routine the Americans throw out there in Wednesday's gymnastics team final, the Chinese can come right back with one of their own. And then some, in some cases.

Three years in the making, the showdown between China and the United States is finally here and it's as good as advertised. The world's two powerhouses, going one after another in the same rotation, one last meet to show, once and for all, who really is the best of the best.
Swimming loses its excitement when Phelps leaves the pool, but gymnastics is always worth watching - especially when you're rooting for Team USA! USA! USA! Sorry. But of course, the best sport of them all - you guessed it - ladies' beach volleyball.

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