Olympic Qualification prior to 1976

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blake

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The 1976 Games were the first time a limit was put on the number of countries allowed to send a full team. Prior to that, how did qualification to the Olympics work? A quick look at the pre-1976 team results shows 19 in '72, 14 in '68, 10 in '64, and 14 in '60. Was it completely open participation before then?
 
1976 Olympics were also the first to have 3 per country rule for the AA finals, and 2 per country for the event finals. Event Finals were also extended to 8 finalists and previously it was 6. In 1972, Soviet Union and East Germany occupied 22 out of the 24 event finalist slots. The remaining 2 spots were Hungary. So only 3 countries competed for medals in event finals.
 
There’s one floor final in a year I can’t remember where they had 4 of the 6 finalists yet only managed to get one medal. I guess 3 of the 4 had mistakes or something, but I found that funny.

I also didn’t realize that the first CoP was in 1958. Were they just ranking based on vibes before that?
 

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