Whilst none of us could have predicted the delay by a year, looking back to the first half of the “quad”, which athletes did you expect to be in contention for the Olympics but was not.
Mine would be
US: Jordan Bowers, Maile O’Keefe
Russia: Elena Eremina, Ksenia Klimenko
Denise Golgota, Anastasia Bachynska, the Downie sisters, Amy Tinkler, Frags, Ana Padurariu, Eremina, Dipa Karmakar, Liu Tingting, Teramoto, Hurd, Tabea Alt, Axelle Klinckaert, Lorette Charpy, Boglarka Devai, Thais Fidelis, Yessenia Ferreira
What happened to Karmakar?
I think she was too injured to compete at the 2019 Worlds as well as any of the World Cup qualifiers.
Team Brazil. Ugh, I wanted them on the podium in 2019; I still can’t believe they didn’t qualify.
Agreed, I definitely thought they’d qualify. And not in last place, either.
The Downies, Hurd, and I hoped for a Mustafina renaissance.
Even though she was injured at the start of the quad, I loved Perea and really hoped we’d see her gymnastics all throughout the quad.
Also I thought Mustafina would go for 3. But because of Russia’s new seniors, she could rest easy.
Their lack of depth due to Barbosa’s and Andrade’s injuries in 2018-2019 could have been avoided had Liukin not dismissed the other veterans that were still training then.
They could’ve even qualified in 2018, a clean bars rotation is all it would’ve taken. It took a lot of events coming together to prevent Brazil from making it.