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Paul Hamm asked to give away his gold

I feel so sorry for Paul. He did something that seemed impossible. His two routines after the fall on the vault were breathtaking. He earned that medal.

And fine, so the starting value for the Korean gymnasts routine was lower than it should have been. But you know what? There was a mandatory deduction for his number of "holds" that wasn't taken. The two errors effectively cancel each other out. Yeah, he should have started higher. But he should have had more deducted too!

Paul Hamm hasn't done anything wrong! He shouldn't be penalized and treated like he's the one that messed up! He did something amazing, and he's acted respectfully and graciously through the whole thing. The FIG is completely out of place to ask this of him.

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