First, correct history



When the Russians give their Olympic gold medals to the 1972 U.S. basketball team from which victory was stolen when referees put time back on the clock to give the Russians three chances to win the championship game ...
When South Korea apologizes to Roy Jones Jr., the U.S. boxer who landed 86 punches to 32 by Park Si-Hun of South Korea, but still lost to Park in the 1988 Games in (surprise) Seoul ...
When ... well, you get the idea. When the International Olympic Committee rights some of the truly horrendous wrongs that have been done to athletes over the years, then people can even begin to suggest that U.S. Gold Medal gymnast Paul Hamm should give up or share his medal with South Korea's Yang Tae-young.
And since that isn't going to happen, the last word that should be heard from the International Gymnastics Federation is an apology to Hamm for stating that he was not the true winner of the medal and for suggesting that it was incumbent on him to voluntarily give his Gold Medal to Yang.
Hamm benefited by a judging error when the point value of one of Yang's routines was set at 9.9 rather than 10. But Yang benefited by judges missing what should have been a 2 point deduction when he performed his routine. Even at the higher start value, Yang should not have gotten a number high enough to give him the gold.
Hamm won the medal. He has the medal. He should enjoy the medal without any doubt, or guilt or misgivings.

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