I was going to make a thread like this after the Olympics (something along the lines of “What we need to do to make gymnastics healthier” though), so thank you for this @onodian
I would argue that 3-up-3-count isn’t proving to be a good format, and that it was made worse by the weird individual qualifying structure this year. I think 5-4-3 or 6-5-4 is healthier for teams and gymnasts because 1) It means teams are less likely to consider competing an athlete who is injured or struggling for whatever reason, 2) gymnastics competition is already intense enough with individual and national pressure without also adding your teammates to the equation, 3) the current format sure doesn’t seem to have led to better, cleaner competition, and 4) frankly I don’t know that this format gives us the most accurate results.
(Edit to add because I am concerned someone will take it this way- this opinion is in no way meant to take anything away from Russia. They came with impressive gymnastics and a higher hit rate than in the past, and totally deserved their gold medal, and I am happy for them.)