Team USA couldn’t believe judges’ score for Madison Kocian in uneven bars final
The United States women’s gymnastics team picked up two more medals Sunday in the first day of individual event finals, as Simone Biles crushed the field once again to pick up gold on the vault and Madison Kocian finished just seven hundreths of a point away from a gold in the uneven bars.
After Gabby Douglas faltered in her routine to miss a shot at the poduim, two of the favorites to take gold in the uneven bars, Russia’s Aliya Mustafina and the United States’ Madison Kocian, performed back-to-back – and each had a brilliant performance. Mustafina had a slight edge of one tenth of a point on her difficulty value over Kocian, and after a slight hop on her dismount and received a score of 15.900.
Kocian followed with a solid routine – though NBC commentators noted that she made slight errors with her handstands while on the bar – and stuck her landing. When the her score of 15.833 flashed on the scoreboard, Kocian kept her cool – but her teammates watching in the stands were unhappy.
Madison Kocian is in 2nd behind Aliya Mustafina on bars. What did her U.S. teammates think of her score. From the stands: "No way!"
— Juliet Macur (@JulietMacur) August 14, 2016
Are you kidding me judges?!!!!!!!!! Mustafina 15.900…. Madison 15.833 HOW! Both absolutely beautiful but @MadisonKocian definitely better!
— Shawn Johnson East (@ShawnJohnson) August 14, 2016
— Chellsie Memmel (@CMemmel) August 14, 2016