Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Difficulty = Better Execution Scores?

Let's face it. We are gym fans.

In case you missed it, fan is short for fanatic, and as fanatics, we, gymnastics fans, aren't the most logical people. We tend to select one routine or one example, and we craft an entire theory around that one data point.

Recently, I came across a new theory among gymnastics fanatics. The theory goes something like this: Judges are more lenient with their execution scores when gymnasts perform more difficulty.

In other words, the greater the difficulty, the higher the execution score.

Of course, I had to look into this. So, I took a looky-poo at the scores from the qualifying rounds at the 2013 World Championships.

Why did I choose that particular data set? 'Cause during those early sessions of the World Championships, you have a wide array of D scores. You have the best in the world on an event, and then, you have gymnasts who would be Level 8 gymnasts in the United States.

Let's see what I found…

Sunday, May 25, 2014

MAG: What's Your Country's Worst Event?

When Coach Rick asks you a question, you answer him. That's the first rule of gymternet etiquette.

So, when he asked me this…

…I put together some sexy data for him. As you look at the charts below, please keep in mind the following:
  1. If you click on the image, it gets bigger!
  2. I'm looking at the averages from the team competitions at the Olympics and the World Championships.
  3. The charts include only the counting scores. So, if the competition was 4-up, 3-count, then, the averages included in the chart reflect only the 3 counting scores.
With that disclaimer out of the way, let's look to see which events the world sucks at, shall we?

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Men's UTRS: The Best Scores of 2014 Updated April 27

The All Around is going to do their handy dandy rankings this year for the women. If they take on the men, I will stop my UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System). Again, for those who care, "UTRS" is pronounced "uterus."

As per usual, take these rankings with a grain of salt. (Pro Tip: Never bet your life savings based on my numbers–or my predictions for that matter.) I recognize that judging varies from meet to meet, but sometimes, it is evident that the judges are smoking something. Earlier this year, the American judges at the Houston Invitational were higher than the attendees of Woodstock. So, I decided to drop those scores from the UTRS. Sorry.

But before we begin, here's a fun fact:

At the 2014 Tokyo World Cup, Kohei Uchimura's total D score was a 38.6. That's 0.5 harder than his routines at the 2013 World Championships. 

Men's All-Around Rankings: Best Scores

1. Kohei UchimuraJapan92.898Tokyo World Cup
2. Fabian HambuechenGermany90.231Tokyo World Cup
3. Sam MikulakUSA90.098American Cup
4. David BelyavskiyRussia89.899Russian Nationals
5. Sergio SasakiBrazil89.550Brazilian Friendly
6. Ryohei KatoJapan89.397Tokyo World Cup
7. Max WhitlockGreat Britain89.000British Championships
8. Shogo NonomuraJapan88.965American Cup
9. Daniel PurvisGreat Britain88.899American Cup
10. John OrozcoUSA88.065American Cup
11. Daniel KeatingsGreat Britain88.000Brazilian Friendly
12. Kristian ThomasGreat Britain87.950English Championships
13. Nikita IgnatyevRussia87.933Russian Nationals
14. Frank BainesGreat Britain87.900Brazilian Friendly
15. Sam OldhamGreat Britain86.900British Championships

Best Score of 2013: Oleg Verniaiev, Ukraine, 92.165, Stuttgart