Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas doing the Gymnam Style (x)
Shoutout Bloopers with the Fierce Five
Q:Why was there such a large gap between Ponor and Aly's floor final scores? (also THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to explain all these gymnastics questions, it's a big help and it really makes the sport more interesting to watch when I actually have some idea what's going on)
Mostly because Aly has a much higher start value!
Q:what do you think about Aly medalling over Ponor
I think Ponor fucked up and Aly’s routine was probably better (I watched on my phone with shitty reception so don’t hold me to it), but it’s never particularly pleasing when medals are decided by inquiry or tiebreak and this had both.
It was a pretty shitty final overall.
Q:What do you think Gabby's chances are of getting a medal on UB or BB this week? She faces some very strong competition on the UB but I think she's definitely a contender for a BB medal... - Audrey
For UB, to medal she’ll either need to pull out that 6.9 set or wait for others to make mistakes. Luckily, she has a great draw, as she’s going up last, so that should be a benefit to her, especially if some of her competitors don’t look completely on point.
For BB, she definitely has a good chance. The judges have proven willing to throw up HUGE scores for her if she hits like she’s capable of. I think if she performs like she has been on beam (maybe go for the switch ring a little harder), she could definitely snatch a medal. I mean, it’s beam, anything can happen, but I think if she really hits well she could win gold outright. She also has a good draw there, 3rd from last which is the perfect position to ensure herself a medal. Only Raisman and Komova will be going after her. I don’t think Raisman’s dance elements are good enough to pass her, but if Vika is really on, she could also take it.
Q:Could you share your thoughts on what happened with Aly? How does the tie-breaker work and why do they do it that way? I'm so sad at how NBC is just ignoring what happened, especially after the Jordyn fiasco. Thank you!!
The way the AA tiebreaker works is that they drop the lowest score of the four events, then add up the remaining execution scores.
For Aly and Aliya, this meant they both got to drop their crappy beam scores. And Aliya’s execution over the other three events was higher. So she got the bronze.
Personally, I THINK THEY JUST SHOULDN’T BREAK TIES FFS. But whatever.
USA Team in London 2012 || Aly Raisman & Gabby Douglas make it into the AA Finals
Q:What solo events are the American women's gymnastics team doing?
Gabby and Aly are in the All-Around Final tomorrow at 11:30AM EST, McKayla is in the Vault Final on the 5th at 9:50AM EST, Gabby is in the Uneven Bars Final on the 6th at 9:50AM EST, Gabby and Aly are in the Balance Beam Final on the 7th at 9:45AM EST, and Aly and Jordyn are in the Floor Exercise Final also on the 7th at 11:20AM EST.
Now when NBC will deign to show all of this tape-delayed and sensationalized in primetime, who the fuck knows.
Q:Is it still allowable for a country to replace a lower-scoring gymnast with a higher-scoring one for the aa? I hope not - I seem to remember this happening to a Russian gymnast a while ago because her teammate with a better reputation failed to qualify so they took her out. Was this also a rule that changed?
Well, the rule in question is that in the event that Gymnast A from Federation X has been kept out of a final by the two-per-country rule, but would have otherwise qualified, if Gymnast B also from Federation X who did qualify is injured and unable to compete, then Federation X can have Gymnast A compete in her place instead of one of the reserves being called in.
So the rule has never been you can just switch gymnasts out willy-nilly and as long as they’re from the same country okay BUT:
a) it is still in effect, and
b) the Russians and Romanians in particular have a long, long, LONG history of having gymnasts becoming “injured” and thus replaced with their teammates who have higher potential scores.
This time around it’s likely that the Russians will swap Ksenia Afanasyeva out of beam finals for Anastasia Grishina.
BUT and this is very important DIRECTLY CONTRARY to many ridiculous things people on the internet are proposing regarding The Jordyn Wieber Situation, the USA has never, ever, ever, EVER in history switched out any gymnast who earned their spot in a final and there is not even the remotest chance, barring LEGITIMATE ACTUAL CAN NO LONGER COMPETE INJURY, that Gabby or Aly would be switched out of the AA final in favor of Jordyn. And even if one of them WANTED with all their heart to give up their spot to Jordyn, unless they wanted it so badly as to cut their own leg off, it wouldn’t matter.