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Old 08-02-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Tacoma, WA
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I just thought they were following a current hair trend. I see hair like that all the time out in public.

 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:04 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I think it is a current hair trend. My hair is like that a lot of the days. After looking at the link with the different pics, which also includes one from the Czech Republic, I have to agree with the OP.

In reading through the posts I was against. Just let them be athletes, who cares about their hair. After looking at them, they could have taken a few extra minutes to have a more finished look. I have seen teenaged girls whip a bun up in no time flat!
 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I don't think their hair looked bad.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:28 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I don't think their hair looked bad.
I don't think it looked bad either, but I am used to seeing girls with their hair like that all the time.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:39 PM
 
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I'm with Julia. I am very proud of the girls and how they performed and represented our country. But I do think that neatness should be an important part of their presentation. The hair did look sloppy, with the hair partly in a band and some hanging out. There seems to be a LOT of attention given to the makeup and costumes, so apparently they do agree that appearance does matter. So why the sloppy hair? I realize it a trend in in the mall and school, etc, but performing in front of the whole world? My mom never would have allowed me to look like that!
Again. It didn't take away from their performance, but I did worry a little that people around the world were thinking "look at the lazy/arrogant Americans--can't even fix their hair because they are so sure they'll walk away with this."

Gymnastics is so much about perfection and precision, and the hair was so against all that.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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I watched the encapsulated version of women's gymnastics last night, and I was rather put off by the messy hair that almost all of the American gymnasts wore. When they were coming out in groups, everybody was in warmup gear, so I thought they were being comfortable. Nope, they performed like that. And as far as I could tell (granted, I only saw Russia, a little Romania, and practically no China), we were the only group of girls with that sloppy hair. A different leotard for every event, different outfits for the medal ceremonies ... and scrunchie buns that look like they just fell out of bed. You represent our country at an important event, ladies. Brush it out or put it up, for Pete's sakes. My ballet teachers would have killed me.

This is a very stupid post from obviously a non atheletic person! These young women spent years off of their lives in training for these events. Overall I'm pretty sure the majority of people would rather their hair be in complete disarray and win gold for their respective countries rather than have perfect hair and finish last and not be noticed at all.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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I just thought they were following a current hair trend. I see hair like that all the time out in public.
It looks sloppy there too.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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Yes, if the choice were:
  • messy hair and win gold or
  • neat hair and lose
then of course I (and I'm sure Julia) would choose the first option. But there need not be an either/or choice.

It was a little incongruent, since so much attention was clearly given to all other aspects of their appearance.
 
Old 08-03-2012, 02:57 PM
 
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What is with the obsession over how women athletes look? There freaking athletes not little "Barbie Goes To Gym©" dolls. No one seems to be obsessed with how the men's hair looks, what's up with that?
 
Old 08-03-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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No, I would expect the male athletes to present a neat appearance too, so don't make this a sexist thing. And again, if looks had nothing to do with gymnastics, why all the heavy makeup, jewelry, and costumes? I don't think it was an 'obsession' on the OP's part, and it's certainly not on my part either. just an observation.
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