So, we saw the judging on beam in this quad absolutely annihilate some routines. It took us all by surprise in Montreal, and we spent a lot of time coming on board with all the new deductions to try and make sense of it all.
But then again, some routines still don’t make sense to me. Take this for example, which received a 7.7 E:
I really cannot see how this got a 7.7. Judging with my regular pen, I had this at a mid to low 8 (8.6 plus 2 or 3 for artistry). Yes the switch ring wasn’t the best (although if you pause it, it clearly hits the requirements). And she had one pretty big 3/5 wobble. But otherwise, she is very very clean. It pains me to see this get 7.7 and then Skinner gets up, does six different dance elements with her feet poking up, and gets a 7.3 by USAG.
Also - we usually see an Olympic bump in E Scoring in the Olympic year, as compared to the prior Worlds year. For example, on bars, Maddie Kocian was scoring low 15’s in Glasgow, but was magically getting 15.8’s in Rio, for basically the same routine. Same for Gabby - her 9.266 E Scores in Rio were 8.7’s in Glasgow for pretty much the same routine.
Will we see the same in Tokyo?