Okay look. No one is saying that Aliya is perfect or that her medals put her above criticism. No one is perfect, and if any of you knew anything about her, you’d know that her biggest critic she has is herself. The amount of times she says she should have done better at a meet is absolutely ridiculous. But you know what her medals DO prove? They prove that she was as close to perfect anyone got this quad. No one else has as many medals as her, and no one has more golds than her. So no, she isn’t perfect, but you know what? She wasn’t trying to be perfect. She was only trying to win, and her performances were good enough to do just that. Should she fix her twisting form? Yes. Should she fix her vault? Yes. Should she clean up her Tkachev? Yes. Should she clean up her tumbling? Yes. Should she fix her standing Arabian? Yes. Should she clean up her beam? Yes. But you know what? For this quad, she didn’t have to because she was able to win WITHOUT fixing any of that. So criticize her all you want, and you’re right: Her medals don’t prove that she is perfect. But her medals DO prove that she was as close to perfect that anyone got this quad. And no one this quad has had as amazing a comeback as her. If you don’t like her, cool; everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. But don’t say that she isn’t a big deal. Sure, she has her faults and is imperfect, but aren’t we all? So instead of criticizing her for her faults, why don’t you just accept that she was still able to become the greatest gymnast of the quad WITH those faults. If anything, criticize the COP because THAT’S what let her get away with her faults. Just like Wieber, Douglas, Sloan, Bross, Mitchell, and every other gymnast ever has played the reigning COP to their favor, Mustafina did the exact same thing. If you think it’s wrong that she played the COP to her favor to win, I have no words for you because that is what every single gymnast has done since the invention of the sport. In conclusion: No, Mustafina isn’t perfect, but neither is any human being or gymnast. But at the same time, she is still the most decorated gymnast of the quad and is still tied for the most golds of the quad, and she didn’t do that through any conspiracy. She did it just like any other gymnast has: By playing the COP to her favor. So criticize her all you want, but in the end, she doesn’t have to listen to you. But you know the amazing thing about her? She WILL listen to your criticisms because she wants to become the greatest gymnast that she can be. If that’s not class, I don’t know what is.

Okay look. No one is saying that Aliya is perfect or that her medals put her above criticism. No one is perfect, and if any of you knew anything about her, you’d know that her biggest critic she has is herself. The amount of times she says she should have done better at a meet is absolutely ridiculous. But you know what her medals DO prove? They prove that she was as close to perfect anyone got this quad. No one else has as many medals as her, and no one has more golds than her. So no, she isn’t perfect, but you know what? She wasn’t trying to be perfect. She was only trying to win, and her performances were good enough to do just that. Should she fix her twisting form? Yes. Should she fix her vault? Yes. Should she clean up her Tkachev? Yes. Should she clean up her tumbling? Yes. Should she fix her standing Arabian? Yes. Should she clean up her beam? Yes. But you know what? For this quad, she didn’t have to because she was able to win WITHOUT fixing any of that. So criticize her all you want, and you’re right: Her medals don’t prove that she is perfect. But her medals DO prove that she was as close to perfect that anyone got this quad. And no one this quad has had as amazing a comeback as her. If you don’t like her, cool; everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. But don’t say that she isn’t a big deal. Sure, she has her faults and is imperfect, but aren’t we all? So instead of criticizing her for her faults, why don’t you just accept that she was still able to become the greatest gymnast of the quad WITH those faults. If anything, criticize the COP because THAT’S what let her get away with her faults. Just like Wieber, Douglas, Sloan, Bross, Mitchell, and every other gymnast ever has played the reigning COP to their favor, Mustafina did the exact same thing. If you think it’s wrong that she played the COP to her favor to win, I have no words for you because that is what every single gymnast has done since the invention of the sport. In conclusion: No, Mustafina isn’t perfect, but neither is any human being or gymnast. But at the same time, she is still the most decorated gymnast of the quad and is still tied for the most golds of the quad, and she didn’t do that through any conspiracy. She did it just like any other gymnast has: By playing the COP to her favor. So criticize her all you want, but in the end, she doesn’t have to listen to you. But you know the amazing thing about her? She WILL listen to your criticisms because she wants to become the greatest gymnast that she can be. If that’s not class, I don’t know what is.