Now that quals have finished, some random thoughts and opinions of mine. Do share yours.
I really like 4 person teams, I see now what they were trying to do. This has been by far the most exciting Olympic qualification for me, probably since Sydney. That said, it makes 2 per country absolutely brutal. All 6 American gymnasts doing AA was amazing and not something we’ll see again I imagine.
It does bring to light once again, the issue of 2 per country in a all around competition of 24. The bottom 12 qualifiers have no hope of being a factor in the competition whilst other gymnasts who could are having to sit and watch. Imagine other sports doing this- American and Jamaican sprinters left out of finals in favour of other nations with slower times. It’s laughable.
Gymnasts and their coaches have to be brave enough to prioritise execution over difficulty. It’s worked very well for Derwael who, bars aside, has very modest difficulty at this level yet will be part of the top group for AA finals. The scoring suggests that the judges are very clear on this.
The US is a mess. Tom cannot lead, even if he has made some good calls such as putting Grace on the team. If you want to have an inflated home scoring system, fine- China and Russia do. But they know they do, they don’t kid themselves that they’re going to get the same sort of scores internationally.