20 Gymnastics Truths

Most of these are true. :-)

2) The open-ended Code of Points has fixed the problem of too many ties, and nothing else.

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5) The real difference between a 9.90 and 10.0 in NCAA women’s gymnastics is 0.40. (You know what I mean, don’t you?)

8) Gymnasts who over-celebrate after an average routine look foolish.

9) Gymnasts who don’t celebrate after an awesome routine show class.

20) The next women’s all-around world champion is anyone’s guess.

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#1 Ono No Komachi on 07.21.14 at 10:47 am

It depends on how people define problems.

The open ended system mitigated the problem of judges having to “hold back” scores early in the game.

When I tell non gym friends about that, they are shocked such a thing was ever tolerated in something purporting to be a sport.

For me, that’s a deal breaker right there.

Also, men’s floor routines under the last year of the 10 look far more like those of today than those of the 70s or 80s.

Of course those who grew up with the old system will prefer it, just as those who grew up speaking Chinese will always feel more comfortable in that language than with Japanese. This is only natural, but one cannot therefore conclude Chinese is inherently superior to Japanese.

I speak open ended scoring and Kenzo Shirai, and am perfectly satisfied.

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