And that even includes all the team medals… Is that it? I feel like that’s a lot less than in the past…
I will point out that ALL of the all-around medalists, both men and women, won an apparatus medal as well. That has not always been the case. (Gabby Douglas and Viktoria Komova are the only women exceptions in recent years, but there are quite a few guys, I think.)
This seems like yet another validation of giving World Cup specialists spots. Better those specialists who are great at their events win medals than the great all-arounder who is “pretty good” at an event.
I wonder. If they didn’t have the specialists spots and regional championship spots teams probably would have been bigger. Jade, Andrade and sort of Ferrari owe their spots to the funky qualification systems. (Ferrari was originally a +1 before Villa got hurt.) Jade and Ferrari could have been named outright to a larger team. (Although Jade was able to pace herself well without needing to peak at trials). Andrade “owes” her +1 spot to the new system, but under the old system teams had a second chance to qualify at a test event. Under the old system, Brazil might have been able to send a whole team.
The qualification process is absurdly stupid, but the principle of 4-member teams + lots of individuals qualified multiple routes was GREAT – because look at all the medalists that might not have even participated!!!
Andrade all-around silver
Andrade vault gold
Skinner vault silver
Iliankova bars silver
Guan beam gold
Carey floor gold
Ferrari floor silver
Kaya pommel bronze
Liu rings gold
You rings silver
Petrounias rings bronze
Shin Jea-Hwan vault gold
Perhaps 1 or 2 more guys…
I do think 4-member teams actually turned out good… But there’s a better way. I will post separately about that.
Not a super great reason. I just don’t understand it much so the judging feels really suspect, I think the leotards are even worse than US Nationals (when each club tries to out-bedazzle the other) and I cannot spell it on the first try. The team stuff is impressive and more interesting to me.