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Raucous in Rio: Slippery Dick’s short and bittersweet moment of history

Well, if we are being honest, Marisa Dick’s Rio 2016 Olympic berth looked pretty slippery, even before she got up on the uneven bars today.

Dick’s Olympic tryst, which was history in the making for Trinidad and Tobago gymnastics, was short and bittersweet.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago's Marisa Dick performs on the balance beam at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 7 August 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Marisa Dick performs on the balance beam at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on 7 August 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

She executed the “Dick mount” en route to 13.066 points on the beam while there was a solid showing on the vault, as she got flipping 13.900—bear in mind that 13 to 16 are considered good scores.

But Dick managed just 12.533 on the floor and slipped off the bars before producing a sloppy finish for 11.333.

Her total score of 50.832 was less than Jamaica debutante Toni-Ann Williams’ 50.966. And Dick and her compatriot, Thema Williams, beat Toni convincingly at the Glasgow 2015 World Gymnastics event.

Of course, Trinidad and Tobago sport fans were generally unhappy that Dick was in Rio in the first place, after the Canada-born teenager and her mother Hannifer classlessly petitioned the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) to send her to the Olympics at the expense of the properly qualified Thema, who they claimed was injured.

As if a dodgy tendering process is not quintessentially Trini!

Still, Mr Live Wire must admit to having mixed emotions today. It was sort of like seeing that annoying work colleague tumble and fall comically in the office… Only to realise that the numbnuts knocked over your lunch while they were at it!

There was one oddity from Dick’s scores today that stood out for not quite standing out though.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago's Marisa Dick goes through her routine on the balance beam at the Rio Olympic Games on 7 August 2016. (Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Marisa Dick goes through her routine on the balance beam at the Rio Olympic Games on 7 August 2016.
(Courtesy Sean Morrison/Wired868)

A peruse of Dick’s major international appearances showed that she managed 49.232 points at the 2013 World Championships, 51.499 at the 2016 World Championships—supposedly with a bruised rib—51.365 at the April 2016 Rio Test Event (with jet lag) and then 50.966 at the August 2016 Olympic finals when there was no excuse left.

So exactly when has Dick demonstrated the tremendous form that TTGF president David Marquez felt justified getting her to the Olympics at any cost?

Isn’t it ironic that Dick’s best score at a major competition so far apparently came when she was carrying an injury? Or that Jamaica’s Toni-Ann beat her with a sore knee that was heavily bandaged?

Fellow Trinidad and Tobago athlete and former Olympic bronze medalist, George Bovell III, went, as the kids say, “balls in” on Twitter:

“Robbing others of the fruits if their honest work makes you a cheater, not just failing a drug test. You will have to live with yourself!”

“It’s laughable when cheaters who escape detection by covering up their dirty deeds actually think that they are good athletes.”

Photo: George Bovell goes "balls in" on Twitter.
Photo: George Bovell III goes “balls in” on Twitter.

Bovell the Third subsequently suggested that his tweet was in reference to a dodgy swimmer but it almost certainly fell in more than one athlete’s garden in Rio yesterday evening.

Thema also made a rare show of emotion as she tweeted “Poetic Justice” soon after Dick’s performance but quickly deleted the post from her social media account.

In truth, Thema only had to post her score of 52.466 at Glasgow. Because her rival has never gotten close to that performance at a major tournament.

But, exhale, that’s out of the way and Trinidad and Tobago can put juvenile puns aside and really drape itself in the Olympic spirit now. And by that Live Wire does not mean you should catch Zika.

Felice Chow’s Single Sculls Repechage event was postponed today, so she rows from 8.40 am tomorrow while Andrew Lewis competes in the Laser Men’s sailing contest at just after 1 pm.

Chow-down and Laser Lewis! Let’s go T&T!

Photo: Trust me, it will be awesome!
Photo: Trust me, it will be awesome!

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347 comments

  1. Thema heartbroken too. I wonder if she even thought about that. What a sociopath (my opinion only).

    http://teamtto.org/index.php/rio-2016-top/6293-marisa-heartbroken-over-hate-from-home

    • I concur with your opinion Soyini

    • Narcissistic.

      So while Thema was being sabotaged Dick wants us to believe she had no idea that was happening even though she always has her internet in hand, and now the poor 19 year old thing has to stay off the internet in order to avoid feeling bad because the information available to her is unavoidable? Interesting.

      And as I recall in this cnc3 interview said she doesn’t need TT’s public support.
      Around 15 mins in: http://www.cnc3.co.tt/sports/marisa-dick-speaks-cnc3-sport-full-interview

      Team Dick needs a new marketing ploy. This victimization attempt after the fact isn’t going to fly.

      LMAO.

      If you don’t want to get crapped on , don’t be a crappy human being.

    • Good point. Before the Olympics she said she didn’t need T&T’s support. Then it was “nice if she got it”. But if not… (Screw allyuh!) Lol

    • I am at a loss here…Canada didn’t support her? She certainly does not call T&T home…does she?
      Indeed we are all heartbroken for Thema and rightly so, because we have to set a better example for the young ones if we ever hope to inspire them to reach higher… faster …stronger…which is why I hope Thema gets swift and just judgement (in other words, lots of cash compensation) but these cases take so long to progress…. *sigh*

  2. Well at least she’s got a career in porn to look ahead to. That mount of hers could make her millions. Lol !!!!!!!!

  3. Can’t recall she putting herself there did’nt the international body have something to do with her selection why blame her don’t think she deserves this type of criticism, why are we like this

  4. Now the gymnastics events are Dick-less. Seeee one more pun *bows and exits stage left*

  5. He that is without sin among us let him cast the first stone. And then we want to know why bullying is so rampant. Think about it you have all treated this girl like the classic bullies you have grown up hating. What a shame that we can’t band together to support one without tearing down another. So to all you bullies out there remember your nasty words and comments when your child comes home crying about some idiot that keeps bullying them.

    • Dick is just being called out on her bullshit here, not bullied.

      If you think her people in Canada (family, gym, coaches) were removed from what was going on with the TTGF as they would like you to think, you should keep on thinking. Marisa isn’t a child, she”s a young adult and she knows what was done to Thema.

      Hey Marisa – Little Miss Innocent called, she wants her act back.

  6. Wen u have a slippery dick wat u expect smh

  7. Marisa Dick can’t be blamed for the faux pas of the gymnastics association but I saw an article that said her mother had emailed the association complaining bitterly and trying to persuade them to renege on the original contract both athletes signed, saying whoever performed better in the World Games would be the one chosen. Here is the article http://wired868.com/2016/04/26/marisa-does-not-feel-anyone-is-fighting-for-her-the-full-leaked-email-to-the-ttgf/

  8. Guess the Association rather a slippery Dick more than a sturdy Willy.

  9. None of them was ready as far as I c! Move on

  10. With Dick’s mediocre performance the only legacy she’s leaving in Trinidad and Tobago is the negative one of the conniving cheat. I wonder if she even thought about that or was she too obsessed with the thought of an Olympic performance. Maybe she doesn’t even care what we think as we don’t signify to her as a country of any importance, just another thing to be used. She just used the country as a way to perform, no love

  11. The key factor here is principle Not personalities or families or relationships. Simple pure principle – right versus wrong, fair vs unfair, truth vs deception, hard earned rewards vs Ill gotten gains, honesty vs dishonesty, transparency vs collusion. Pure and simple. What was done was just wrong all in the name of “glory and honor”. No matter how you dress it up, twist or turn it, try to hide, or pretend that it is not so- a wrong thing will always be wrong. Punto final

  12. That screenshot is not meant to encourage aggressive behaviour against anyone or to single out anybody either.
    I just do find it interesting to note how different people see this Marisa Dick/Thema Williams scenario.

    • I’ve been marveling at how folks are tying themselves up in knots to encourage sympathy for Marisa while reacting to what was done to Thema with *shrug* “It done happen”.

    • “closer reminds you of your family”…THAT

    • I’m suspecting that was a Freudian slip Nicole. But I’m trying hard not to overthink this yes.

    • I agree with not over thinking eh…but how does one justify sympathy for one injustice and say wha for the other?!

    • Lasana Liburd I think it’s easier for people to overlook the injustice done to Thema because of her calm demeanor through all of this and the sympathy to come for Marisa because some misguided people think we the population are “ganging” up on her (Marisa)… but I for one not putting blinders on … so continue keeping us up to date on these proceedings…. the journey now start… no amt of money can compensate for what was taken from her but I want her get that 11mil +++ it’s a good place to start! Then we need to get them out so this NEVER happens again!

    • That’s a very good point Loralee. And I know there have been some outrageous comments made against Marisa too.
      Maybe some people are reacting to those when they defend Marisa.
      I’m not ruling out the possibility that some of her defenders might be racist too.
      But some might be defending her for other reasons including what you pointed out.

  13. This screenshot is not meant to encourage aggressive behaviour against anyone or to single out anybody either.
    I just do find it interesting to note how different people see this Marisa Dick/Thema Williams scenario:

  14. A pity. Our first Olympic gymnast. I felt she did her best, did ok. Unfortunately her participation was mired in controversy. Most of it not of her doing. But then again we are a controversial people.

  15. She is now an Olympian without a country, T&T don’t want her and Canada won’t take her back!

  16. Ah yes…a lot of stink minds..but no surprise… The country talks for itself….

  17. And in some other news,people in T&T will bash the government and the HDC when we can’t get a home,when we finally get a home the very same people and their children set out on a mission to make all the decent tenants life a living hell,and that is what going on at the east grove curepe housing development tower-D and others,if you complain to the parents they see nothing wrong with it they will hate you for talking out,but i blame the HDC for not doing their work it is time they take serious action against bad tenants and put them out,don’t let a few rotten apples spoil living for those who want to live a decant life,i am calling on the HDC to take action not only in east grove but all HDc housing development,i hope the admin of this page will help me get this message across thank you very much,please help me by sharing this post thank you God bless.

  18. Like d only reason y dey sen her up mabe cause of colour an looks cant b nun else.cause her porformance was rell shit.what went wrong

  19. Her performance will do a lot for Viagra and Kaisoians next season,best after Ian and Jack off…oh oh Dick or rich…ent.

  20. Fad Tyrece Goouuud I mc weaak

  21. Her performance is proof that she isn’t capable at that competitive level, her best was what we saw and it was bad. TT made a poor representation on an international stage. Selection aside, her performance is a disservice to the local schools and athletes who have committed themselves to developing excellence in the sport locally. She wasn’t ready. Nowhere near ready and the evidence is irrefutable. So why force her on the public as our representative considering how badly she flopped TTGF? TTGF were the ones who INSISTED that she was capable and ready to medal. Whence now the justification?

  22. white gyal ah run the show lol

  23. Those who pray for Ms. Dick to lose are not patriotic and the number is quite frightening!…Obsession to the extent of killing someone you claim to love is a kind of sickness and needs treatment.Marissa Dick was representing Trinidad and Tobago and any patriotic citizen would have thrown away any sentiments and pray for the success of the nation and condemn her at the end of the tournament…condemning an athlete who is actively representing this country wether for a good reason or not is not a patriotic act and is like shooting yourself to the foot or cutting your nose to spite your face.no one person is bigger than a nation and a must always put this country first no matter what.
    All kinds of vitriol was unleashed on this athlete during an active Olympic tournament and that is not Patriotic at all.Two wrongs can never make one right and we have prayed for her demise and she has failed to bring home any medal what did we stand to gain from that?..some of us just showed the world how hostile we can be to a foreign born athlete whom we dislike for whatever reason.Let the court decide on the matter as we try to heal as a nation in this sour part of our gymnastic Olympic history

    • My patriotism doesn’t come at the sacrifice of my morality.
      This is the type of thinking that allow bad men to control nations.
      I cannot say, “she get there unjustly, but let me support her, because she’s a Trini”
      I can understand the logic at the root of your view and I also respect your right to hold it, but I just cannot agree with the disregard for ethics that accompanies such a view

    • I honestly respect your views sir but will like to disagree with you. The principle of morality which among other definitions tells of right or wrong will apply only when one has heard from both parties involved in this fiasco and an investigation launched and evidence of wrong tabled for all to see then we can understand who was wronged and by whom.
      Using personal morality to judge a complex situation of national interest is dangerous because you may witness someone shooting an individual and scream that this is morally wrong! Only to find out that the shot victim few hours earlier had just ripped out the heart of the toddler son of the perpetrator who shot him before your eyes…. executing jungle justice on an individual without knowing the facts of the case is the same type of thinking of those bad men whom you are talking about who control nations… and here is why i respect Ms Thelma for taking it to the courts to prove that injustice was done to her.
      I still stand by the fact that condemning an active national representative to an Olympic event and wishing her bad luck like many did to Ms Dick is unpatriotic.. .infact in some of those countries with bad leaders you mentioned it would have been seen as a treasonable felony to wish your country failure in an international event.

  24. Just love the ppl who hating. Yall just proving the stereo type. Congratulations dick. The whole country watched dick perform. That alone shows. She’s a winner in her own right

  25. Marisa’s Dick just failed her.

  26. You know as much as I disliked her methods of getting there the least she could’ve done was shown a little humility. Maybe I could have felt bad for that horrid performance. Even her “signature” move was sloppy. Also you at Olympic level,those kinds of mistakes do not fly. You representing a country,the least you could’ve done was respect us,she didn’t even do that. She’s a lowly opportunist who made no effort to even show pride in representation. Nepotism is a hell of a thing. You deserved getting your ass handed to you Marisa Dick.

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  28. Thema would have brought home gold. Poetic justice TTO

  29. Dick it is all over i will always remember you as a cheat why you rob Thema Williams you have another opportunity next four years This was Thema only chance she give up her studies to represent Trinidad and Tobago look at what you have done you come all the way from Canada eeh to represent us are big waste of time like you dont come back here i dont like you. You have white in you my feelings hurting me your dutty and stink.

  30. slip dick of slick dick .thats how she will be knowm for life

  31. With the comments I’m seeing today about the gymnastic performance, it seems like the insertion and early withdrawal of Dick has left a bad taste in people’s mouths

  32. I could never say ugly things about this child! She did not send herself there. Why dislike her? God did not give me that right. With all d hating going on, I am surprised she didn’t do worse. Better luck next time! My opinion. Peace

  33. Awww……Hanifer your daughter is crying, talk to the Olympic committee and fix it for Marisa. Tough lessons develop strong individuals With integrity.

  34. Sad to see those people with such disgusting post sad to say that those ugly remarks only show up how ugly people are inside,forgive them,if u don’t have something good to say about anyone then shut up,,,could u have done any better? Awful remarks are from awful minded people ,,no matter she tried her best under difficult circumstances and. Those adverse remarks.were uncalled for.bless you and thank you for representing our little minded country
    Do not let small and narrow minded minds affect you and your brilliant future that God has in store for you.thank you for being there for our lovely country

    • Oh u shut up did she she take a stand when Them a was unfairly treated, you reap what you sow, she can be forgiven only when she asks for forgiveness, a tough lesson to learn the hard way treat others the way you want others to treat you

    • What her mother,the TTGF and Marisa did cannot be easily forgotten.

    • She brought it all on herself its not always what you do but how you do it and the ugly people you talking about is the said person this conversation is about, dick

    • Some people think that she is being show none or little mercy because of poor performance, but it is not about that she could have done how bad on that day, however if she had gotten the spot the correct way she would have gotten all the support and recommendations that she try again, but no she the company and her family knowingly and willingly with spite, insisted that they have their way even though they were not deserving of it, they used every trick in the book and they got their way with support from a wicked few and the naive ones who really don’t understand yet what happened, so don’t expect open arms and a shoulder to cry on from the citizens that you think you fooled, life is sometimes, most times what you make it

    • Elone Griffith well said.My thoughts exactly.

  35. The sick finished before time! It was slipping!????

  36. A few things make a crime worse from a public standpoint:
    The age, innocence and perceived vulnerability of the victim, the age and intentions of the those who do the wrongdoing, the manner in which the wrongdoing was perpetrated, whether or not the guilty party or beneficiaries of the crime show any remorse, the extent of the suffering and loss of the victim, whether the victim could have done anything in his/her power to save his/herself, whether the perpetrators had time to consider their action before the crime…
    Consider the answers for each of those and compare them with other crimes. And it might show why people are so cheesed off by Dick and the TTGF.
    That isn’t an exhaustive list at all btw. Just off the top of my head.

  37. She gone home yet? Look sharp send her back Canada, we don’t want any blight weighing down the team.

  38. Oh,Oh!, Trini sent a 2nd rater & out in the prelim. What did they expect? – Wobbly Dick!

  39. “I landed it,” a beaming Dick told the Express, afterwards, “so that’s all I could really ask for. I’m so happy. It went really well. Getting that skill named after myself is what I wanted most out of this whole experience. So getting it feels really good.”

  40. O Trinis do you know if Thema would have done us any better.Be gracious to her.It is already a done deal.

  41. Yeah Karma izza bitch wii, de Canadians did’nt even wanted her represent them, allyuh aint see she crying after her last event…to d Olympic committee take that in allyuh MC str8 up

  42. Its already started off bad in the beginning,Justice have been served sorry to say

  43. Dick just didn’t belong at the Olympics and that whole train wreck yesterday exposed that.

    In the clip after her bars her coach kept asking her if she was OK. Did she mean mentally or physically I wonder. Coaches don’t usually ask if an athlete is Ok. They TELL them they are ok and tell them to get their game face on. So is Dick really that special and pampered? Or, someone hasn’t been hiding an injury they have been nursing have they? hm. Maybe both.

    I’m pretty sure Marisa knows what she is doing with her Little Miss Innocent act. If she’s old enough to be Snap Chatting her redneck boyfriend topless selfies (but not smart enough to not accidentally post them on MyStory instead, LOL thank you Karma) she is old enough to be responsible for her actions. She knows what’s up. I wish she would just own what a nasty cut throat B she is instead of pretending she doesn’t know what was and is going on. Be a B if you want, but then be able to take the heat, don’t act victimized and cry on your coaches shoulde.

    Thema wouldn’t have brought home a gold medal but she definitely would not have been focused on getting a moved named after her instead of being prepared to give it her all and represent TT in the best possible light.

    Seeing Marisa and her sub-par coach Anita on the floor at the Olympics was a mockery.

    Dick’s routines are boring. Her skills are lower level. She is unrefined She didn’t slip from the bars, she couldn’t execute the skills and let go. She looked under prepared. She is a decent athlete, she’d do well in JO 9 or 10, but she’s not Elite, National, or Olympic quality.

    Thema has already proven she is the better athlete. She beat Dick and qualified for Rio. Her spot was stolen and if not for the actions of Team Dick she would have been at the Olympics. She is strong. She is dynamic. She had a better coach. One who is qualified to bring an athlete to the Olympics. In the weeks between the test event and the games her coach would have had her ready mentally and physically.

    Thema wouldn’t have brought home a gold medal either, but she would have been there to represent and compete, not just to market herself or get a move named after her. It would have been a proud moment regardless of the outcome.

  44. Fire bun dat ….. you reap what you sow ….now head back to Canada and don’t return!!

  45. It was worse than a wham bam thank you mam.

  46. Thema was never guaranteed to do better than Marisa.

  47. As I said back in May, it is unfortunate that Trinidad & Tobago’s historic moment of having a gymnast competing in the Olympic Games was sullied by the controversy involving the Trinidad & Tobago Gymnastics Federation, Thema Williams and Marisa Dick. Let’s be honest. Marisa Dick, regardless of how good or bad she may be, was representing a country which was not giving her 100% support. That knowledge will obviously add more pressure on her. Most of T&T thinks that Marisa Dick did not deserve to be there, and that she benefited from the mistreatment of Thema Williams. The ones who are mostly to blame for this ugly mess are Marisa’s mother, and certain members of the TTGF. But sadly, Marisa will shoulder most of the blame by herself, and for a very long time. This whole thing was unfair to both Marisa Dick and Thema Williams. SMH…

  48. So they took the girl who ms Williams defeated at the championship to represent us in Rio, here’s the results of that… Thema is the better and stronger athlete I’ve seen her performed! I believe everything has its time and its season this wasn’t Thema’s time God has a bigger better plan for her…. They stole ms williams spotlight and ms dick will always be remembered as a cheat….. Ps:Canada didn’t even pick her to represent them, she born there… Why the heck we had to? #thema_williams_teamTTO

  49. Rem God doh like ugly eh…Didn’t do nun to earn dat spot…n what she was expecting…look girl…put yuh tail btwn yuh leg n go back Canada….n look how Karma dem n all didn’t want u n u were forced on us …look i real love Karma we…

  50. I have never seen Ms. Williams perform but if this is who the Federation selected to represent TTO then Ms. Williams must be no better. But what I saw was not good for Olympic medal standard, even her signature move [Dick 2] was wobbly….sigh when would nepotism end in TTO?

  51. Trini Don, You is ah bosss!!!!!

  52. The dick couldn’t perform ? oh dear ?

  53. She looked good we are not ready as yet for Olympics glory training training and more training time will tell

  54. Btw who fashioned that outfit? While other countries boldly displayed their country of origin via choice of colors and/or emblems if I had to guess, cause that flag was so small, I would I have lost a bet.

  55. 99.5% sure that George Bovell was not referencing TT gymnastics in his tweets, but rather swimmers who tested positive, but were allowed to compete… A bit of a Dick move on your part…

  56. Somehow I knew the next thing U were going to reference was race.
    Which is the fall back plan for most people who have no point and no clue.
    Chris Birchall is a hero to most trinis who came here and under truthful means and gave his heart for red white and black.
    Do u think if his situation was like this one the public outcry would’ve been different?
    I assure u it would have been exactly the same.
    The point is right is right, wrong is wrong.
    What she did was undercut a fellow athlete to get what she wanted and NO ONE on God’s green earth can justify that.
    Just ask Nancy Kerrigan.

  57. From where I sit (3000 miles from home) and discussing the Marissa Dick issue with non Trinidadians, I am ashamed of all those negative comments on Facebook. Quite apart from Politics it seems that we are also divided along race and class lines. This is a time to unite and rally behind our representative… Whilst I feel for Thema, Marissa Dick didn’t choose herself. United we stand, divided we both fail and fall…But say what we like it so Wayne Sturge

    • That’s one perspective. The other is that Trinis – for once – have a memory longer than 9 days. For once, they will not let claims of nepotism and corruption slide. And for once, they’re seeing this through to the end.

      You feel for Thema? I felt for T&T, looking on, knowing that we did not send our best athlete, and did so under shameful conditions. United we stand, indeed.

      “I wanted to let you know that Marisa (Dick) is now aware that she was not chosen to go to the test event in Rio,” stated a letter from Hannifer Dick’s email account on 9 November 2015. “It was posted onto the TTOC website which Thema (Williams) has shared…

      “I have tried to tell her that there is hope but at this point she does not feel like anyone is fighting for her.”

      “I do not understand why this decision was made without putting into effect the two competition still to take place,” stated the email, in bold letters. “(…) I am not entirely sure what else she can do and I am not sure how to keep her positive and motivated.

      “The reasoning for not telling her right away was because we wanted her to train as if there was still a chance but after reading all that has been said she does not know what to think.

      “It is a hard thing to see your child cry when she knows how hard she has worked to accomplish all that she has and to have it be so unfair to her.”

      ^^ She may not have chosen herself, but don’t pretend she didn’t participate in the travesty.

    • Royce – you have got to be kidding. Unite behind someone who got to the games dishonestly. Nicole – well said.

    • What a load of crap!! Rally behind her my ass ….you been living under a rock or something? Fire bun dat!!

  58. Except that George’s post had nothing to do with Marissa.

  59. From where I sit (3000 miles from home) and discussing the Marissa Dick issue with non Trinidadians, I am ashamed of all those negative comments on Facebook. Quite apart from Politics it seems that we are also divided along race and class lines. This is a time to unite and rally behind our representative… Whilst I feel for Thema, Marissa Dick didn’t choose herself. United we stand, divided we both fail and fall…But say what we like it so. Wayne Sturge

  60. I surprise she didn’t fall flat on her face given the weight of the nation’s collective bad mind and ill wishes. I wonder if she’s learned anything. I for one am glad she’s gone so we can focus on our true team. Would have liked to see her fall on her face as well but oh well, I can satisfy with her being gone

  61. Olympus has fallen..London has fallen and Dick has fallen.

  62. Brian Brown smh. Share this with Robbie.

  63. Well I for 1 am so glad that train wreck that was Dick’s debut is now over. The TTOC don’t have to put up no cringeworthy posts about tuning in to watch her. We can safely get into the true Olympic spirit and throw our good vibes behind 31 amazing deserving athletes who bleed red white and black to represent us! Let’s go T&T. By the way I found George tweet to be epic. Obviously he had to wait until her drab performance was history to make his feelings known. I respect him for speaking out. I’m sure his opinion was not a solitary one.

  64. As if a dodgy tendering process is not quintessentially Trini! And the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago still has been to pay .

  65. Karma is a bitch and anything wrongfully gotten shall be taken away.

  66. Good never came from bad….

  67. Lasana Liburd can you answer my question?

  68. How did the mother end up in the coach’s section? Correct me if I’m wrong but I’m sure I heard them say her mother was sitting there when she finished her routine.

  69. to all aspiring young ladies out there there is a moral to this story ……”don’t be a Dick”.

  70. Umm so I feel the need to chime in here.
    Firstly what has been said was correct, this was someone u considered a friend/training partner and u didn’t even speak with her before u boarded a jet to take her spot.
    Reeks of under handedness and deceitfulness, had she earned her spot do you really believe there would be all this backlash??

  71. Dick cometh and Dick goeth….so it go ?

  72. “Poetic justice”… That’s as nasty as Thema can get? Lol.
    She has personified grace, poise, and class throughout this whole harrowing ordeal.
    Wishing her the best in her legal battle and beyond…

  73. somehow I feel dick her mother and the TTGF get set up by TTOC because of their insistence going to the games lol

  74. By the way, lovely photos Sean-miguel Morrison. 😉

  75. Andre Bunting talk about CORRUPTIONS….

  76. What does the procurement bill have to do with Marisa Dick? I’m more than willing to hear your arguments but keep to the topic

  77. ??? again i thought we talking about sports.. with madam dick ?? we gone to politics… again.. you supporting and endorsing thieving… and want to tell people put country first… you got no integrity with that level bs

  78. Andre Bunting…if you care about CORRUPTIONS…Lobby the PNM Govt. to implement the “Procurement Bill” to curb CORRUPTION….and tell Stuart Young to introduce the “Campaign Finance Bill” all you JOKERS….

  79. thats where the man gone… again.. some trinis small minded beyond… the man endorsing thieving and then telling people to put country first.. lol

  80. nothing odd in her scores she has a long way to go in her profession to be close to perfect…just like so many otehrs

  81. Has this now descended into a pnm vs unc thing?…. really? From Marisa Dick and Olympics to Imbert?

  82. It takes a certain breed of person to wish the worst of the worst on someone who’s representing your nation at the Olympics despite all the alleged bacchanal at administrative level, in a sport mind you, that 99.9% of you don’t even take on to begin with! A bunch of petty bandwagonists is what this breed of people are

    • Principles dont have size issues. If its wrong in big things, its wrong in small. If you think because its just sport that we should not call stealing/buying Thema’s spot cheating then you sir must be a stranger to sport and your opinion is baseless.

    • It’s funny that Barry’s claiming that I declared he has no right to an opinion when he’s up in here dismissing people’s arguments on the basis of tone and gymnastics credentials. As if one has to be able to name ten dismounts in ten seconds in order to spot blatant wrongdoing.

    • Whoa whoa whoa! Group! Please explain this group to whom, and I quote, “I am speaking from outside of”, dear Calisa! And I eh dismissing nobody’s arguments, I just find them over the top here. I eh saying wrongdoing was done (and btw Google is crap, use Bing) but to wish for her to fail miserably as if she thief yuh man or murder yuh sister is some seriously misguided hate. I hope that justice will be served when the Olympics are over and done with, but for now, a lil support wouldn’t hurt.

    • “Such as small matter….and this is minor as corruption goes”….you all this is a lost cause. Abort mission. Lolol

    • Please scroll up for the explanation, Barry. If you were speaking from within the group, I imagine you wouldn’t be asking about it. And do feel free to employ your search engine of choice to do your own research. We’re busy over here.

      I assume you’re directing your comment about the vehement arguments elsewhere, but re: that last part: you can’t want to fight injustice and support its fruits. That’s ridiculous.

    • LOL, Abeo, I know he’s lost. He’s up there quibbling about Bing (as if anyone uses Bing). Just killing time, m’dear.

    • For now a lil support wouldn’t hurt:
      They tiefing money through contracts, but say what ppl getting wuk so a lil support or a blind eye wouldn’t hurt.
      An attorney who is investigating said bobol is killed. But hey it was a small thing in the scheme of corruption. Why she had to be so over the top.

      Streams to rivers. Rivers to seas.

      But hey. We are over the top. Because this is not a microcosm of who we are as a ppl. I love this country. Love it.

    • Compartmentalization is key to maintaining the status quo. No matter WHAT you talk about, there’s always someone who will jump up and say “Why yuh studyin’ dat? Why yuh doh protest DIS?”, as if it’s not possible to address more than one issue at a time. And as if all of the issues of injustice and corruption aren’t inextricably linked to create the mess that is this society.

      But never mind all that. How much yuh know about gymnastics dismounts?

    • Haha now THAT’s where the real anger and energy should be directed! Real nation-affecting issues! Well said Abeo! Sorry to say, but gymnastics is small fry compared to things that affect all Trinis like level bobol in government, industry and commerce.

    • LOL, Barry that’s the second time you misinterpreted something stated very clearly which makes me question your reading comprehension skills.

    • Lolol thank you for the perfect example of what we just outlined. And for missing the point by a galaxy. Your breed of ppl Barry, since you’re into breed identification, is hilarious. You are also the reason why we are exactly where we are in this gloriously infuriating Bananistan Republic.

    • Barry if we build a nation with sport cheats, its not one to be proud of.

    • Chris you are not speaking the language of Barry’s ppl. Lol. Again we need to abort mission.

    • The language of his people!!!!!

    • Interesting. One might argue the bandwagonist is the person willing to overlook all the scheming and corruption so as to cheer on the person who benefitted from said scheming and corruption because they happen to be standing on an international platform.

    • I not usually like this on social media, but really STFU and HYMC!!! B| B| B| B|

    • There are avenues for these things to be challenged (aka courts) and it’s a hard luck that it wasn’t sorted out in time. And this isn’t the first person to benefit from ah lil scheming; hell, EVERYDAY LIFE in sweet T&T revolves around scheming, corruption and selfishness at ALL levels. So to act up like this is the first ever case of maladministration in Trini history is a bit disingenuous

    • Very classy “Marlon Abner”. Good contribution to the mini debate. Have Yourself a Merry Christmas (HYMC) too.

    • When a man start to talk about “certain breed”, they open up themselves to all types of interpretations and responses… I responded according to how I interpret… As I said before, I not usually like that, but hey!!!

    • Hahaha ohhh now I know the source of the anger…..narrow-mindedness on your part. Sorry if I’ve offended you. Actually, no, I’m not.

    • LOL, oh, you’re one of those “Dais de way it does be”, people! Well, carry on smartly. Those who have had enough of corruption will continue to confront it where they can.

    • Correct! That is the way it does be. But if the primary basis of this amount of hate and animosity towards the girl has to do with corruption (and I know for a fact it isn’t), where is that vibrance, that energy to decry real endemic corruption in society? People like you are part of the toothless keyboard warriors jumping on the “f__k Dick” bandwagon.

    • A. You don’t actually know that for a fact because you’re speaking from outside of the particular group to whom you’re referring and… you’re wrong.
      B. The outcry you’re asking about is actually happening; many of the people who are actively opposing this instance of injustice are opposing others. You don’t know that because you’re not part of that group either.
      C. To paraphrase a wise (fictitious) woman: You know nothing, Barry Jordan, particularly about people like me. As evidence of that, see points A and B.

    • Barry I dont kno y u think Dick deserves better. Her actions and her mother’s left abad taste in my gut. I am glad Thema Sued TTGF and I really see no problem with saying dick was served a perfectly cooked crow. She deserved far worse but since this life has those who see no problem with corruption in sport, politics and business, I am happy to tell those who want to say we should not speak against her to stuff that bullshit up your own wind pipe.

    • Thanks for referring me to Jon Snow Calisa. Much appreciated. But please enlighten me on this ” group” that you speak and why I suddenly have no right to an opinion because I’m not part of that group? I’m guessing by group you mean “avid diehard gymnastics enthusiasts” and not the book cover kind.

      And to Chris Mark D, that’s your opinion if you want her to burn in hell as if she drowned 1000 puppies, as sad as it is. My beef is that the hate is overwhelming for such a small matter (and this is very minor as “corruption” goes). Allyuh is the kinda people see a hashtag online and then pretend to be activist for things that should be left to the courts. Tough luck, Dick already there, hope she does OK, full stop.

    • Who said you don’t have a right to an opinion? You have every right to think whatever you like. It just so happens that, in this instance, you’re wrong.

      As for the group, if you want a name, one incarnation was offered in the press releases issued when this matter first blew up (feel free to consult Dr. Google on that one) and the people involved with this matter have been involved in various other matters in other arenas in various different configurations and capacities.

      You see, here’s the thing about actually getting things done, as opposed to sitting behind a keyboard flinging baseless accusations: You’re not in it for the fame and much of the work happens behind the scenes. The first time keyboard warriors hear anything about it is when they crack those knuckles to jump with all ten fingers into a Facebook thread.

  83. Imbert is PM… for 9th time in 10 months *

  84. Oh GAWD!!! He Hittin HARD DEY!!

  85. So the Olympics can begin for me now that i don’t have to see that conniving biatch and her mother. Hope they’re on a plane back to Canada and the next time we see them will be in court. Let the games begin.

  86. I didn’t feel hatred towards her. I felt nothing. I’ve never felt nothing, whilst watching a Trini athlete in the Olympics.

  87. Andre Bunting…if you care about CORRUPTIONS…Lobby the PNM Govt. to implement the “Procurement Bill” to curb CORRUPTION….and tell Stuart Young to introduce the “Campaign Finance Bill” all you JOKERS….

  88. Andre Bunting you make good sense – a single point has not been made here except that he knows where the question mark button is located and knows how to use it. 🙂

  89. I just took a look at this guy’s fb page…don’t waste your time back and forth with him. I now understand why he sees nothing wrong with this situation

  90. ….itching…I…must…resist

  91. i ask you again….what part of the planet you are living???????????????

  92. why are you all wasting time with Mr Williams… from his responses and standing point…. corruption ..bs and crap is what he endorses… facts show that they robbed thema…. the man can go up as a unc candidate with that standing points

  93. She had every right to step down and not accept the spot. She was complicit in this act of thievery. She showed no ethics and no morals. So yes it is her problem. She had every opportunity to do the right thing.

  94. it is Marisa problem….I am just asking???????????????? again….

  95. Sometimes my fingers itch me to comment….then I remember that some ppl prefer to remain ignorant. A national flag (of any nation) does not automatically make one see ‘country first’ in its truest sense

  96. It’s not Marisa’s problem?! ? As I think someone said earlier that’s why there is corruption in our country, people accepting what they are not due and don’t care about the means in which it was received/given. T&T has grown to be a very unethical place hence the reason I can see why you see nothing wrong with this

    • This type of favoritism within the selection process has always been part of the fabric in T&T sporting organizations. I hope that after the legal proceeding the TTOC and the MOS develop some backbone and begin monitoring the team selection on all sporting groups in T&T. Holding them accountable is key.

  97. It really saddens me to say this and God forgive me but i really wanted to see her fall flat on her face and she very nearly did. Cheater, cheater never prosper.

  98. Andre Williams, did you see George Bovell’s opinion?

  99. Comparing the use of foreign national footballers is rubbish. WE DON’T CARE ABOUT HER BIRTHPLACE! We care about the fact that she was given a spot that she did not earn! Country first my ass! She is an unethical person to scree over another national athlete like that! The decision wasn’t hers but she didn’t do anything to ensure the decision was on the up & up. She didn’t even call her compatriot to ask what was going on. She just packed and was on the way to the airport before the ink dried on the decision made by the federation. She represented the federation and not T&T, probably well she gel and had such a dismal showing, similar to the makeup and state of said federation.

  100. it is not Marisa problem…dah…..

  101. So do you take a “foreign” player and use them to replace a local player that is better than the foreign one? No, that would make for a weaker team. The issue here is that a weaker athlete was given the chance (and I mean GIVEN) to represent Trinidad. That makes absolutely no sense. and that is my point.

  102. LOSS OF THE RING: Marisa Dick’s precious opportunity to forever identify with the Olympic rings, as a medalist, came to a crashing end today on the floor of the artistic gymnastic competition, at the Rio Games.
    In this Reuters foto, taken at the completion of the uneven bars routine, everyone is being blamed and called names, after the results were announced.
    Oh well, as with the concept of the “ring” – what goes around, comes around … #fairplaybeatscheating

  103. My Question is “WHO is PAYING for Marissa Dick’s Mother being there as her Coach (this is the only way she can be allowed sitting on the coaches benches at the Olympics)??

  104. George bovell a real national hero thanks man!!

  105. Just here marveling at the consistency.

  106. How many TT footballers (male & female) born foreign and playing for TT?????? what is your point…

  107. Well said Lasana. We were waiting to exhale. Go team TTO!

  108. She mom couldn’t organize ah place on d podium fuh she?
    Nah man ….. Ma Dick sticking!

  109. I’m finally pleased and relieved to say #LetsGoTnT!!!

  110. actually I am putting country first, for all those kids whose dreams and aspirations can be dashed at the blink of an eye, because someone thought “foreign” was better. You say put country first, country was Thema, who was raised and trained here – she was the epitome of COUNTRY first. So yes, put country first, put the club that poured all their energy into her, put the girl who put her education aside for same said “COUNTRY”, put the hopes and dreams of upcoming gymnasts and athletes from all across the COUNTRY first. Yes I put COUNTRY first. I put corruption last.

  111. Oh guuuud! It was licks like peas. Dick is dead, for good.

  112. PUT COUNTRY FIRST…..all you GONZO-SORROW….

  113. Lasana, the word is really spelt as “numbnuts”.

  114. Thanks Tonya Ayow – it is also just a fact, so why get upset about the facts? Truth shall always prevail, as it obviously has here. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Some choose to back her, so be it, but if it was your child whose spot was robbed, maybe you might be singing a different tune. We not speaking up against her because she hurt us personally, we are speaking up because it is plain wrong.

  115. is it her fault or her problem????????????????

    • Yes.. She was part of the problem

    • HOW??????????????????????????????????????????

    • Yes. Because at some point she could have shown the backbone she doesn’t seem to own and stood up and done the right thing. She’s not a baby. “She big and have sense”, as we say. But she lacks morals and ethics and was selfishly happy to go along with the nastiness that saw Thema unfairly lose her opportunity.

    • If you can’t see the problem here then with all due respect, you are part of why this place is the way it is.

    • WHAT WORLD YOU LIVING IN??????????????????? mars…..

    • She knew the contract before hand and when she failed to beat Thema, she went along with the shenanigans, launched a media campaign, spoke about it being cut throat time and insisted she was going all with support of mother and TTGF…. There was an agreement before and everybody changed the terms when it was not in her favor. You seem to be of a different view and that is fine but I have seen athletes give up much for team mates, this is one of the rare times I have seen a team mate shaft another athlete and team member.

    • To quote George Bovell:
      Retweeted George Bovell (@GeorgeBovell):

      Robbing others of the fruits of their honest work makes you a cheater, not just failing a drug test. You will have to live with yourself!

  116. George is not here to play with y’all

  117. Additionally, the point is not where she was born it is how dishonestly she got the spot.

  118. It is not over. The council of TTGF must all go especially the instigators of this travesty.

  119. How many TT footballers (male & female) born foreign and playing for TT?????? what is your point…..

  120. Dick is out?
    Dick falls short?

  121. Couldn’t bring myself to watch.

  122. It should be noted that she was not just born in Canada, but born, raised and trained. But you are right, this is over – Thank God.

  123. Marisa was nervous…she represent TT…what is your beef….

  124. This only goes to show its time to work only with natural born residents and leave those with local parentage abroad to compete where they live it cost a lot of $$$$$ to help pp who won be here to give back later on

  125. I hope one day she becomes the best gymnist ever, and I hope when she does she represents Canada 🙂

  126. Andrea Mac Rece Fraser lol

  127. The Dick was center soft. No Viagra could of been for taken for enhancement as they do random drug test.

  128. Karma really is a b***h!!!! Retribution????

  129. I was waiting for this article. Knew it was coming hahaha

  130. Thema may have tweet and delete, but boy is Bovell planting trees…

  131. Beautiful white body thank God

  132. Karma is a bitch!!!! Hahahaha

  133. Ooooh dear. What the heck happened??

  134. Earl Best

    I’m sorry but I don’t think Thema should have done that; complete silence would have been so much more eloquent because all the right-thinking people in T&T, including, I hope, the TTOC’s Brian Lewis and co. but not including the TTGF Ex Co., had already thought that with the first slip.

    Sometimes, as the song says so well, words get in the way.

  135. Scotty Ranking

    For all the Dick moves pulled to get Marisa to Rio, it is ironic that Dick fell and gave such an impotent showing instead. When Dick should have been standing tall and nailing it, this Dick was as limp as a wet noodle.

    Karma is most definitely a boldfaced bitch and, in a reversal of roles, the bitch royally screwed the Dick!!!!!!