So there has been a lot of talk lately about over/under scoring going on in the US, plus claims of this and that person won’t score blah, blah, blah internationally. But I wonder what will really happen. Because when I think about it, there have been instances where people actually got higher scores at the Olympics. Let’s take a look at some examples. (By the way, I am absolutely excluding the American Cup from this discussion, that is the most extreme case of over scoring and I don’t care to include it).
Terin Humphrey– In Athens, Terin got her highest scores EVER on bars, thus she did win a silver medal. During 03′ and 04′ Nationals I always thought she was underscored, getting like 9.3’s and during the Olympics she scored a 9.625, 9.575, and a 9.662.
Oana Ban– I think she was underscored A LOT during international competition. In the 2003 World Championships she received a 9.400 during AA on floor. I thought that should have been more in the 9.6 range. Low and behold during the Athens prelims she does in fact score a 9.6.
Carly Patterson– Carly’s highest score on beam in the 2003 Worlds was a 9.612 for a pretty flawless routine and the only visible deduction came from a hop on the landing. Whereas in Athens she scored two 9.725’s, 9.612 (including a couple of bobbles) and a 9.775 (prefect routine, small hop on the landing).
It is important to note that each competition seems to have their own range. In the 2003 Worlds I thought the scores were generally a bit lower. There were very few scores above a 9.6 until finals. For the 2007 Worlds we have to consider the B-Panel scores. And very few people hit above a 9.3 B-score.
A good example is the difference of B-scores on floor between the 2006 and 2007 Worlds. For 2006 here are some examples:
Cheng Fei– 9.475 (15.875) (6.4)- FX Finals
Beth Tweddle– 9.425 (15.450) (6.0) – FX Finals
Jana Bieger– 9.250 (15.550) (6.3)- FX Finals
Vanessa Ferrari– 9.350 (15.450) (6.1)- FX Finals
So now here are some of the highest scores on floor for 2007 Stuttgart…
Now as far as B-scores go, Shawn Johnson received a 9.225 (6.2) during AA, and a 9.150 during Finals. Alicia Sacramone scored a 9.125 during finals, 9.175 during prelims. Even the awesome Cheng Fei scored only a 8.975 during prelims (uhhh, what did she do wrong? Am I blind?)
For the entire 2007 Worlds, B-scores were pretty low. Nastia Liukin got the highest B-score for uneven bars final of a 9.2. And really none of the events scored much higher than that at all. a 9.1 or 9.2 was a really good score.
So I have to wonder what the Olympics are going to do. Where will their B-panel lie?
And what about the A-panel? Shawn is going to have a hard time getting credit for the Amanar, and the whip to triple (based on Trials and Nationals). On Day 2 of Trials that Amanar was not all the way round. And what about the connections for Nastia’s uneven bar set? Her botch on the Lin (I think it is a Lin) should have lost connection value. And I can’t see her double turn on floor getting credit when she hardly does a 1.5. I am not here to attack, and don’t want to start up more heat, but seriously everyone, what is going to happen to America’s top two gymnasts in Beijing? Because we can’t take Nationals/Trials scores as what to expect in Beijing!!