HUFFINGTON POST
08/13/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

No More Perfect 10s At The Beijing Olympics

In one of the most memorable moments in Olympic history, the American gymnast Mary Lou Retton received a perfect 10.0 on her vault at the 1984 Los Angeles Games to clinch the all-around title.

No gymnast will repeat that feat at the Beijing Games, guaranteed.

The gymnastics scoring system based on a top mark of 10.0 will not exist at these Olympics. The system, which had been in use for about 80 years, was replaced two years ago with one that has no ceiling.

Some gymnastics purists, including Retton and her former coach, Bela Karolyi, are still mourning.

At the United States women's Olympic team selection camp in July, Retton explained why she "hates" the new scoring. "It's hard to understand," she said. "I don't even understand it."

Nostalgic for the old system, she said: "It's simple. People get it, and you don't have to explain it. Everybody could relate to it. I miss it, and I think other people will, too."

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