sophie won!

Who would have won if qualifications scores counted

I decided to do a little digging this morning to see who would have won event finals at the 2016 Olympic Games if both qualifications AND finals scores counted. Here’s what I found:

Vault *Based on average from two vaults

Qualifications:

1. Simone Biles (USA)- 16.050
2. Hong Un-jong (PRK)- 15.683
3. Giulia Steingruber (SUI)- 15.266

Final:

1. Simone Biles (USA)- 15.966
2. Maria Paseka (RUS)- 15.253
3. Giulia Steingruber (SUI)- 15. 216

Combined:

1. Simone Biles (USA)- 32.016
2. Hong Un-jong (PRK)- 30.583
3. Giulia Steingruber (SUI)- 30.482

Uneven Bars

Qualifications:

1. Madison Kocian (USA)- 15.866
2. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)- 15.833
3. Gabby Douglas (USA)- 15.766

Final:

1. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)- 15.900
2. Madison Kocian (USA)- 15.833
3. Sophie Scheder (GER)- 15.566

Combined:

1. Aliya Mustafina (RUS)- 31.733
2. Madison Kocian (USA)- 31.699
3. Sophie Scheder (GER)- 30.999
3. Elisabeth Seitz (GER)- 30.999

Balance Beam

Qualifications:

1. Simone Biles (USA)- 15.633
2. Laurie Hernandez (USA)- 15.366
3. Flavia Saraiva (BRA)- 15.133

Final: 

1. Sanne Wevers (NED)- 15.466
2. Laurie Hernandez (USA)- 15.333
3. Simone Biles (USA)- 14.733

Combined:

1. Laurie Hernandez (USA)- 30.699
2. Sanne Wevers (NED)- 30.532
3. Simone Biles (USA)- 30.366

Floor Exercise

Qualifications:

1. Simone Biles (USA)- 15.733
2. Aly Raisman (USA)- 15.275
3. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)- 14.866

Final:

1. Simone Biles (USA)- 15.966
2. Aly Raisman (USA)- 15.500
3. Amy Tinkler (GBR)- 14.933

Combined:

1. Simone Biles (USA)- 31.699
2. Aly Raisman (USA)- 30.775
3. Vanessa Ferrari (ITA)- 29.632

Interesting to see how the podiums didn’t change all that much. Let me know if you’d be interested in me doing the same thing for MAG or previous Olympics! 

My apologies but

This is coming up. Again. I feel like I need to make my own declaration so my followers at least understand where I am coming from. 

I keep seeing posts from people who were at the Sherlocked convention chastising those of us who are still feeling salty for daring to post less-than-reverent items on our own blogs. They are wailing about the toxicity of “the fandom,” somehow equating anyone who is still pissed off about S4 with those choice people who have actively sent hate or threats to the showrunners and –inexplicably – conflating THOSE people, as a whole, with Freebatchers and/or Sophie-haters (???)

I won’t comment on what people did at the con because I wasn’t there and I don’t know if there was actually any harassment of show folks, or if that is a myth and being conflated with people who were there that were “reporting back” to the rest of us (which is their right to do, BTW). But I will say this:

1) The “fandom” is not a monolith. We are a large, loose gathering of unique and creative individuals. We do NOT all fan the same way, even if we are fortunate enough to find like-minded people to share our experience with. We do not have or require leaders, nor should we all be expected to share and extol the same values. Each of us is responsible for our own experience AND our own behaviour. I have nothing on my dash that I don’t want and I only post things I wouldn’t be embarrassed to own IRL. I advise you to take the same approach and stop worrying about what other people are doing. You are not the fandom police. You are not the hall monitor. And you are not Mofftiss’ keeper.

2) Here’s the the thing about celebrities (and I’ve met a few, because I’ve been doing fan stuff since the seventies and because my brother is in “the biz”): Yes, they are real people and absolutely deserve the same civility as anyone else. HOWEVER, they are not like you. They just aren’t. Their lives are very different than yours, which is by their own design and good fortune. These are grown people who chose showbusiness because they wanted – at least in part – to be famous. And I do not mean that callously: Who doesn’t want to be thought well of for the work they do? Fame just happens to be what happens to actors and screenwriters. 

But you don’t willfully engage with fans on social media and then sit back and cry foul because you got the bad along with the good. Everyone – and I mean everyone – understands that social media is a high-wire act: This way lies madness. You take the risk because you think it is worth the blowback you are almost guaranteed to get, or you stay the fuck away. If you are a celebrity who has gotten just a little bit used to people telling you how wonderful you are, the lure of more positive reinforcement may be too tempting…and it may come as a shock that there are some people who think you suck. Steven Moffat found that out on Twitter, mostly with Doctor Who. No, I do not think the hatred and death threats he got are “okay.” No, I don’t think it is “fair” that he had to leave Twitter. I’m not condoning anything. 

He sure doesn’t like being questioned about his creative choices, though. Which is weird, because if he was not there to genuinely engage with fans, then why? 

Here is a nugget of thought: There are lots of celebs who do great on social media and get way less of the angry mob crazies. Why is it that Moffat (and Gatiss) attract so much negativity? I mean, yes, there are the weirdos, but what about the others who are just frustrated, confused and genuinely offended? The people who have asked innocent (if perhaps misguided) questions and been attacked with ferocity? If I were the Sherlock showrunners, and I had genuinely and deliberately created the show exactly as it is in good faith because I thought it was great, I might be taking a hard look in the mirror and asking why my work is so polarizing.  

3) No one deserves death threats or harassment, ever. But then I – and most of the salty fans I know – are not DOING that. I am perfectly comfortable posting angry rants about S4 because I have a hard and fast rule that I NEVER engage with creators or performers outside of paid events where each of us has entered into a contract for the engagement – them to allow me to get close under certain criteria and me to behave like a civilized human being while I do it (which I ALWAYS adhere to). I never engage with these people on social media, so I don’t worry that they are going to see or be “hurt” by my anger. It ain’t going to happen. I am not aiming this at them; I am raging into the void. AND THAT IS MY RIGHT. And I am the only person over whom I have any say! 

Bottom line: You, personally, are not the boss of anyone else and you do not get to control other people. Curate your “fandom” experience and stay in your lane. Any issues of criminality are a matter for the police. There is a very dodgy area between standing up for truth, justice, etc., and tarring and feathering the innocent by accident in your quest to “clean up the fandom.” You do not want to go there.

4) The reality is that creators and producers (and, yes, actors) need to make money, and cons are one way of doing that. Stating that fact doesn’t mean we are calling out fans who went. We are pointing out that it is pretty cold for Hartswood to co-create a super-expensive fan event that they know will be attended only by die-hards – whom they have openly mocked in interviews and lampooned in the show itself – and then filter the questions people are allowed to ask. Again, if they do not want to take serious, sincere questions about their creative choices along with the fluffy ones that flatter them, maybe running conventions is a bad idea. 

And here is the thing about Sherlocked – I’m neither critical nor jealous of those who attended. I went to the first one in London (back when I still believed the show was going somewhere). And it was fantastic in many ways. I loved meeting Ben (OMG) and Andrew and Jonathan and Loo. Lars was charming and Rupert (heart fluttering) is divine. I enjoyed Sue’s talks and meeting other fans was great. But I am grown up enough to admit that it was REALLY pricey, and the exhibits were kind of rubbish. There were not nearly enough vendors…because the organizers stipulated licensed merch only (which is very un-con like). 

And it was sooooo badly organized. A few weeks before the event, we got a schedule for our photos and autographs (I bought a gold ticket) only to discover that the way Massive had set up the schedule meant most of us would simply have to forgo about half of what we had paid for because they had overlapped all of the sessions so everyone had conflicts. It was a complete mess. I spent three hours at my computer and revised the schedule with NO overlaps for anyone and sent it back to Massive with a note asking them to consider revising the timetable to make it more fair for everyone. At the last minute they did. But it was still a shit show. Ben was really angry with them when I saw him for my photo. He was run ragged because they didn’t have everything running well and he (and Loo as well) were really concerned that fans were going to leave disappointed. I know the organizers have learned a lot since then, but please do not be fooled into believing that they are altruistic darlings who are in this for the benefit of fans. Sherlocked is, plain and simple, a money-making venture. 

And speaking of the con – you don’t get to lecture me about what the cast and crew are like. I’ve met them, too. And my experience with Mark Gatiss was thoroughly unpleasant. He was elitist and condescending and at times flat-out rude. He ruined the expensive photo I had paid for because he couldn’t manage to control his distaste at having to pose with a fat middle-aged women and his expression reflected that. I have been trying to forgive him for two years – and I’ve been DEFENDING him – but now I don’t have to. Now I know that was not an anomaly.

Look, I don’t have any idea what S4 means and I don’t know what to think about the show anymore. But I will be damned if someone else tells me what to do about that.

I understand that for most of you this is con drop talking, and that’s okay. And if people have treated you badly, I’m sorry about that and I hope you have blocked all of them. 

You are perfectly entitled to not like things you see on this hell site or other sites – that’s hardly unusual. But you need to think very carefully about vilifying others (and calling for the pitchforks) with sweeping generalizations about “toxicity.” What is the saying? – Do not become that which you hate?

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Monday’s female celebrity of the day is Sophie Turner.  I think I previously declared that someone else “won” Venice and with all due respect to whoever that was, I spoke too soon.  Sophie Turner has won Venice.  In fact this might be my favourite Sophie Turner look ever and that’s saying A LOT.  She’s amazing.  This is the thirty third time she’s been FCOTD.

The Netherlands made time finals.
The Netherlands did not come last in team finals.
Aly Raisman made the all around.
Aly raisman finally medalled in the all around.
Aliya defended her bars title.
Simone won gold on vault.
Guilia won an Olympic medal.
Sophie Scheder won an Olympic medal.
Sanne Wevers is an OLYMPIC CHAMPION.
Amy Tinkler won an Olympic medal.
Jessica Lopez made bars finals.
Seda hit in qualifications.
Russia were happy with their silver team medal.
Chuso is going for Tokyo.

It’s been a great games.

babiharry  asked:

Hi! I just went on Facebook where I saw a post from time magazine (I think, not sure), and it was a link to their most influential teenagers.. What caught my eye was that Nash Grier was on that list, and I want to know what you think of this? It disgust me that someone would think that he's influential..

I checked it out and found the list here, and yes, it’s TIME magazine. 

I am disgusted, yet again, in TIME for including this jackass on their list. No one should look up to that homophobe. And they even mention that in his description!!

His meteoric rise to fame hasn’t been without scandal: Grier was slammed for using a homophobic slur on one of his since-deleted Vines. 

But apparently, according to TIME, you can be as big a homophobe as you want as long as you’re making thousands of dollars in endorsement deals. 

And all of (or most of) the other teens on the list truly deserve to be there.

Mo’ne Davis is a black, female athlete who played in the Little League World Series and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Jazz Jennings is a transgender author and the youngest person ever featured in the Out 100.

Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow won the grand prize at the Google Science Fair.

Lydia Ko is the third-ranked female golfer worldwide. 

Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace 
Prize. 

Tavi Gevinson founded Rookie, an online magazine for teen girls. 

And there are many more. There are amazing young people on this list, but the inclusion of Nash Grier tarnishes the whole thing. 

This was a good day!

  • Simone Biles is a 3x Olympic Champion
  • Aliya Mustafina defended her bars title
  • Giulia Steingruber and Sophie Scheder won Olympic medals
  • Nobody died doing the Produnova
  • Hong attempted the TTY and although she didn’t get it credited, we are still so proud
  • Dipa Karmakar came in 4th place! What a day for Indian gymnastics!
  • J-Lo hit a great bars routine
  • Gabby ended her career on a high note
  • Madi Kocian survived the Olympics and is now a silver medalist on bars!
  • Bee Farm!!!!!!!
  • MAX WHITLOCK 2X OLYMPIC CHAMPION (ON THE SAME DAY TOO)
  • Louis Smith got beat by his teammate lmao
  • Arthur and Diego got medals in front of the home crowd!
  • USA MAG finally got a medal in Rio :)
  • I probably forgot stuff so feel free to add anything