It doesn’t matter if you are a male gymnast, a female gymnast, or a 39-year-old German gymnast, you get a hug after every routine. Not only do you get multiple hugs from your coach, but you get a minimum of two hugs from each of your teammates, a hug and a peck on each cheek from your international competitors, and then another round of hugs from your coach and your teammates’ coaches.
Now I can understand the Chinese “women” needing the hugs — after all, they are only a few months removed from potty training and they are all particularly fragile at that age. But the rest is just gratuitous hugging for no good reason.
And don’t get me or holySmith! The Wife started on the whole turquoise eye makeup thing.