NCAA Gymnastics: Olympic Legend Asks Commentator to “Walk It Off” After Honest Mistake Live

Published 01/27/2024, 3:00 PM EST

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The 2024 Women’s Gymnastics NCAA season is in full swing, captivating enthusiasts with blazing performances and exhilarating sportsmanship. Fans have flocked to the arenas to watch their favorite gymnasts blaze the floor, while millions more are tuned in live, not wanting to miss out on the action-packed season. Amid this frenzy in a recent competition, a fan spotted a well-known sports commentator and renowned gymnast making a statement that could potentially cause a stir.

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In a world where one could become a victim of cancel culture, this Olympic silver medalist in the team event of the 2008 Beijing Olympics might have faced a significant amount of drama. However, in a heartfelt moment, another Olympic legend came to the defense of the commentator, extending a thoughtful gesture.

NCAA gymnastics gets grace from an Olympic legend for an honest mistake

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It all began with a post on X by a handle named RAP (@richlallen) that pointed out the commentary given by Samantha Nicole Peszek during the Kentucky vs. Georgia game on January 26, 2024. While Kentucky’s Junior Jillian Procasky was delivering her performance on uneven bars, Samantha Peszek mistakenly said, “One of those athletes who holds themselves to a high standard, and not in a good way,” during the live commentary. After the mistake was called out and questioned, Samantha Peszek took to X to explain her mistake, stating, “Omg! I meant “not in a BAD way” … bad mistake by me!!!! Apologies everyone! V embarrassed 🙄.”

In a gesture of sincere camaraderie, exemplifying her remarkable grace, Kathy Johnson Clarke, who won silver in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics team all-around and bronze in balance beam, as well as a well-recognized sports commentator, came to her defense, asserting, “You misspoke; it was an honest mistake, Sam! We have all done it! Give yourself some grace, adjust your crown, and walk it off!” This touching moment captured the hearts of fans, showcasing the kindness that exists in gymnastics. Meanwhile, amid the online whirlwind, the Georgia GymDogs and Kentucky Wildcats showdown was an electrifying spectacle.

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The Georgia GymDogs vs. Kentucky Wildcats showdown

On January 26, the Kentucky gymnastics team celebrated its 50th anniversary with a fantastic showdown against Georgia in Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. It was a special celebration for the Wildcats, as they set a program record with a total score of 197.950, defeating Georgia with a score of 195.650.

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Two gymnasts, Makenzie Wilson and Raena Worley, achieved rare and exceptional perfect scores of 10.000 in their routines. These perfect scores were the first ever recorded at Rupp Arena. Amidst the ongoing 2024 NCAA season, the game added an exhilarating layer to the season, while the online support of the Olympic legends showed the grace that shines through different areas of the sport.

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Christaline Meyers

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Hello there! I'm Christaline Meyers, a Olympics Sports Writer for Essentially Sports. As an ardent lover of the sporting world, I've found my home in the dazzling world of Gymnastics, where elegance meets athleticism in gravity-defying routines. But my passion doesn't stop there; I'm a sports enthusiast with a taste for the wild waves of surfing, the adrenaline rush of Alpine Skiing, and the street-smart moves of skateboarding.
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