i’ll do everyone a favor and put it on read more
First of all, I would just like to point out that you have very well thought out points that and I hope that we can disagree on this issue without having a rage fight. I really enjoy calm, reasonable discussion.
My personal opinion on the 2 per country rule: I do not support it at all. That is not to say that I don’t support the fact that gymnasts from countries with smaller gymnastics programs are allowed into the AA final. I think that it’s great, actually! I just think that it’s unfair that gymnasts are penalized because their country is too good. The AA finals is about having the best gymnasts in the world go head to head. With the 2 per country rule, this is not always possible. What if you’re #3 in the world and your teammates were 1 and 2? (which is not too far off from what happened today, actually) In this situation, do you not deserve to represent yourself? Sure, maybe if you placed 20th, and your teammates placed #1 and #2, but certainly not if you have placed in position where you could medal.
Specifically, regarding the scores today, Jordyn absolutely showed that she could have hearned a medal in the AA final. Gold? Eh… Maybe if a few people mess up. Bronze or Silver? DEFINITELY within her reach. I think it’s unfair to deny someone the opportunity to represent themselves in an individual event that is completely unrelated to the team event, simply because her teammates placed above her once.
I think that a nice compromise would be if a) 36 gymnasts compete in the AA final again and b) the 2 per country rule is in place after, say, the top 10. If you are in the top 10, the 2 per country doesn’t apply. After that, it is in place.
This would allow for gymnasts from smaller countries to qualify, while still giving the best in the world to opportunity to compete.
Yay for reasonable gym fan discussion!