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Gymnastics scoring

The scoring of gymnastics performances has always intrigued me, especially when I read a recent Deseret News headline ("Utah gymnasts blow past UCLA," Jan. 23). Utah won by the slimmest of margins: 196.725 to 194.725. Utah won by just two points out of 196-plus points.

Is a two-point win really "blowing past" an opponent? This is barely a 1 percent edge. Then the article goes on to say how Peszek won over Dabritz by .050; that's only five-hundredths of a point. Can the judges really measure athletic skills to hundredths of a point? I doubt that computers can measure scores like that. Tell me how one can measure so minutely such fine differences in gymnastics, or any sport.

Ross Viehweg

Orem