Gymnastics fans hit out at NBC in a frenzy of furious tweets this weekend, claiming the network failed to give a top competitor in the national championships fair coverage.
Fans of 16-year-old Trinity Thomas were left disappointed after the network skipped many of her performances at the U.S. gymnastics championships, despite the fact the teen finished fourth in the all-around competition and third in both the beam and floor exercise events.
Multiple viewers took their frustrations to Twitter to call out the network, with one writing: ‘For those that don’t have to watch NBC, how is Trinity doing?’
Popular girl: Viewers watching the US gymnastics championships over the weekend were left frustrated when NBC failed to show many of the routines of Trinity Thomas, 16,
Up and over: The talented teenager managed to place fourth in the all-around competition, but apparently received little airtime on TV
Frustrations: Many viewers took their anger to Twitter, railing against the netwook
‘NBC. SHOW. TRINITY. THOMAS. FOR. THE. LOVE. OF. CARLY. NASTIA. GABBY. AND. SIMONE,’ another raged, referencing the names of some of the most successful gymnasts in recent history to add further weight to their argument.
NBC then ignited further anger after finally showing the Pennsylvania-born rising star, but only during her ‘least impressive event’: the vault.
‘NBC realized Trinity Thomas is actually a person on her weakest event vaulting a FTY yet forgets about her on her strongest event,’ fumed one viewer.
Many were upset that the talented teen didn’t get any airtime for her performance on the beam, which one her third place, with some users calling the network ‘jerks’ and accusing them of appearing like they ‘could not care less’ about Trinity’s success.
Reaching out: Some felt the need to find their information on Trinity elsewhere because her routines were not being shown
A big miss: Viewers were shocked that the network even failed to broadcast the teenager’s performance on beam, which won her third place
Weird pick: They were further frustrated when she Trinity was finally shown, but during her weakest event
Flipping good: Trinity is seen competing on the balance beam during senior women’s opening round on Sunday
Luckily some users helped direct others to online streams via Team USA and YouTube where they could catch Trinity’s routines, but many still maintained they were ‘mad the TV people are not showing the audience her talent.’
Then, when she managed to place on the podium in two of her events, fans couldn’t believe that the network still wasn’t giving her proper airtime.
Daily Mail Online have reached out to NBC for comment.
Trinity’s performance managed to secure her a place on the US national team, along with new national champion Ragan Smith, 17.
Strange choice: The absence of Trinity on TV despite placing well was baffling to many
Missed out: Several users were particularly upset to have missed Trinity’s beam performance
Congrats in order: Trinity is seen giving national champion Ragan Smith a hug as they stand together on the podium for the balance beam event
Got the moves: The rising star earned herself a place on the US national team
Ragan was the heavy favorite going into the competition and claimed her first national all-around title with an impressive score of 115.250, which was more than three full points ahead of runner-up Jordan Chiles and third place competitor Riley McCusker.
Ragan is one of the few holdovers from the 2016 Olympic cycle, serving as an alternate for the ‘Final Five’ team that won half of the available medals in Rio de Janeiro last fall.
Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez are all currently on breaks or moved on to new avenues, leaving Ragan as the new top dog on new national team coordinator Valeri Liukin’s team.