"I'm very sad. I did my best."
- KAZUHITO TANAKA,a Japanese gymnast, on the Chinese team's sealing a victory at the gymnastics world championships after he fell on the final rotation — the horizontal bar
"This year has not been very good for China. There's been a lot of disasters, so these Olympic Games, there's a lot of pressure."
- YANG WEI,who won the gold medal for China in all-around men's gymnastics at the Beijing Olympics today
"How could they take away this beautiful, this most perfect thing from us, the one thing that separated our sport from the others?"
- BELA KAROLYI,former gymnastics coach to Olympic gold-medal winner Mary Lou Retton, lamenting changes to gymnastics scoring that eliminate the perfect 10 Retton was awarded in 1984
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