Subjective Olympic Judging A slip on the balance beam -- minor wobble or major fault? The difference can mean gold for one athlete, bronze for another. And the decision isn't made by stopwatches -- it's made by judges and the controversies are hardly exclusive to Athens. Join NPR's Neal Conan for a look at subjective scoring in sports.
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A slip on the balance beam — minor wobble or major fault? The difference can mean gold for one athlete, bronze for another. And the decision isn't made by stopwatches — it's made by judges and the controversies are hardly exclusive to Athens. Join NPR's Neal Conan for a look at subjective scoring in sports.

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