Now They're Cheating in ... Rhythmic Gymnastics?
Judges caught cheating on tests
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2013 12:19 PM CDT
The team from Russia performs during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around final at the 2012 Summer Olympics.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – The athletes all look so innocent in those sequined neon unitards, but rhythmic gymnastics (that's the one with the ribbons and hoops) is the latest Olympic sport caught up in a cheating scandal. But it isn't the athletes under fire. This time, the judges are the ones in trouble. Some 60 people have been accused of cheating, or allowing others to cheat, during exams last year to become a judge on the elite level, reports the New York Times, which scored documents from an International Gymnastics Federation investigation into the matter.

The alleged cheating, which occurred at several test sites across Europe, is apparently pretty blatant: Mistakes were copied from one paper to another, bonus points were awarded for no reason, and on one test, at least two distinct handwriting styles appeared. Already, one top Olympic official has been expelled and six more suspended, including American Caroline Hunt. Dozens of judges are still being investigated. "Judging issues in rhythmic gymnastics are almost as prolific as doping issues in cycling," says a former Olympic rhythmic gymnast. "This sport is very ill," agrees one judge. "It’s poisoned from head to toe."

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Jul 29, 2013 8:11 PM CDT
How the hell can you cheat at Rhythmic Gymnastics? Are they doping with watermelon juice to get more rhythm? (Sorry, had to do it).
Jul 18, 2013 10:54 AM CDT
What kind of IQ do you need to pass this here test? Are the questions like....if team U.S.A. is prancing around with a couple of ribbons twirling (both red and blue), then what color are the ribbons? Another one might be: ribbons have adorned this great Olympic tradition since the 2010's, what sport is it (the one you will be judging)? And finally, the advanced multiple choice questions: What is the device at the front of the ribbon that the highly skilled athlete holds/moves to make the ribbon twirl called: A) a dildo, B) a jackhammer, C) a stick.
Jul 17, 2013 9:33 PM CDT
Sport ??? Ya gotta be shittin' me. But........there is Bass Masters....... OK ...never mind....