12 gymnasts in each apparatus final

Anna Rose Johnson:

What if there were 12 gymnasts in each apparatus final, instead of eight?

If this rule change had been in place just since 2009, then 37 different countries would have been represented in World and Olympic apparatus finals, as opposed to the 24 countries that actually were represented.

The London 2012 beam final was a perfect example of this issue: the eight-person final consisted of two Americans, two Romanians, two Chinese, and two Russians. Had 12 gymnasts been allowed, athletes from Japan, Italy, and Greece would have been included as well. And who wouldn’t like to see more unique routines and more celebrated gymnasts on the world’s largest podium? …

Inside Gymnastics

I’d even be happy if FIG went to 10 finalists.

Elite gymnasts need Pak

Spencer:

At this point, the formula for an internationally competitive D-score on bars is abundantly clear. It took a while—a little too long—for everyone to figure it out, but we’re all finally on the same page. Bars is all about alternating E and D flight elements for as many 0.2 CV combinations as possible.

Since those who connect same-bar releases to each other are a rare breed, alternating E and D flight elements means a cloud of E+D+E and D+E+D transition-element sandwiches in order to get the most out of the code. …

Balance Beam Situation

eliminating advanced pirouettes on H Bar

On Horizontal Bar it’s difficult to do C turns and higher close to handstand.

The vast majority of gymnasts should be deducted.

Composition strategy for 2020:

• 5 release skills (maximum allowed)
• dismount
• full twisting 1-arm giant
• Adler 1/2 to handstand
• Adler 1/1 to handstand (to mixed grip may be safest)

And one more value part with no built in deduction.

Chris Brooks used this construction for 8.75 E-score.

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