"Cookie"? "Cupcake"? " Snickers bar"? Does Swift always equate food with gymnasts, or was he hungry when he wrote this article?
Jason Beatty, Carmel, Ind.
I was impressed by E.M. Swift's article about Olympic gymnast Paul Hamm (Fall and Rise, Aug. 30). Not only did Swift emphasize that Paul's victory was one of the most amazing comebacks in sports history, but he also chose not to dwell on the controversy surrounding the win. Swift did a wonderful job reminding us that no matter which way you slice it, Hamm is a champion through and through.
Ami Pysh, Hebron, Ind.
The error was administrative, not a biased judgment of performance. Hamm had the chance to be a true sportsman and exchange the gold for silver. I hope that he will realize how hollow the medal really is and do the right thing.
Michael Craig, Winnipeg
Your sidebar (The Official Mistake, Aug. 30) was the best explanation I have read of why the gold belongs to Hamm. If a video review had been used to correct the start value, it would have been fair if that the same method had been used to correct the .20 deduction overlooked by the judges. The gymnastics federation is trying to use Paul to clean up its own house. When the gold medal was placed around Paul's neck, the issue was settled.
Jack O'Connor, Bethany, Okla.