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What went wrong for U.S. men's gymnastics – Former U.S. Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger says team may have been out of sorts

Former U.S. Olympic gymnast John Roethlisberger talks with "Early Start" anchor John Berman on the American men's disappointment in team competition.

"I think for the United States when things went wrong early, they hadn't been in that situation, they were so confident and such on a high that as soon as things derailed a little bit, they looked a little out of sorts and didn't know how to handle it," Roethlisberger says. "Maybe that's the lesson they take from it, in that hey, it's just gymnastics. It's just like that pommel horse that I have in my gym. It's just like that pommel horse I competed at in the Olympic trials."

"You can't look around and look at the other teams in the Olympics rings," he adds. "You've got to look at yourself and that apparatus. There's no defense, you're the offense and you just got to go assert yourself. I think at the end of the day, you've got to be aggressive and assert yourself. Hopefully, you know, hard lessons are sometimes good lessons. And hopefully the men will not forget this."


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