How's the 2012 Olympic beam champion doing this year?
Spoiler alert: Deng Linlin's not first in the rankings right now.
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.) Judging varies from meet to meet, and as you can see, I've culled these scores from several meets. I've included the competition names so that you can decide how much crack the judges smoked before handing out the scores.
More than anything, you should think of these tables like this: New quad, new Code of Points. What the H is a good score nowadays? Well, let me show you…
Women's Beam Rankings: Best D Scores
|1. Katelyn Ohashi||USA||6.8||American Cup|
|2. Larisa Iordache||Romania||6.7||Doha|
|3. Zeng Siqi||China||6.6||Doha|
|4. Aliya Mustafina||Russia||6.5||Zakharova|
|4. Wang Yan||China||6.5||Chinese Nationals|
|6. Tan Sixin||China||6.4||Chinese Nationals|
|6. Fan Yilin||China||6.4||Chinese Nationals|
|8. Yao Jinnan||China||6.3||Chinese Nationals|
|8. Zhang Yelinzi||China||6.3||Chinese Nationals|
|8. Shang Chungsong||China||6.3||Chinese Nationals|
|8. Sui Lu||China||6.3||Chinese Nationals|
|8. Huang Qiushuang||China||6.3||Chinese Nationals|
|8. Sophie Scheder||Germany||6.3||GER-ROU-USA Friendly|
|8. Simone Biles||USA||6.3||GER-ROU-USA Friendly|
|8. Gabby Jupp||Great Britain||6.3||American Cup|
|8. Anna Dementyeva||Russia||6.3||Zakharova|
Women's Beam Rankings: Best E Scores
|1. Kyla Ross||USA||8.900||Jesolo|
|2. Larisa Iordache||Romania||8.866||European Championships|
|3. Diana Bulimar||Romania||8.833||European Championships|
|4. Anastasia Grishina||Russia||8.800||Cottbus|
|5. Aliya Mustafina||Russia||8.700||Zakharova|
|6. Vasiliki Millousi||Greece||8.600||Cottbus|
|7. Gabriella Douglas||Canada||8.575||Canadian Nationals|
|8. Zeng Siqi||China||8.550||Doha|
|8. Gabby Jupp||Great Britain||8.550||Doha|
|8. Ilaria Kaeslin||Switzerland||8.550||Doha|
|8. Simone Biles||USA||8.550||GER-ROU-USA Friendly|
|12. Deng Linlin||China||8.534||Chinese Nationals|
|13. Katelyn Ohashi||USA||8.533||American Cup|
|13. Ruby Harrold||Great Britain||8.533||European Championships|
|15. Shang Chungsong||China||8.525||Tokyo|
Women's Beam Rankings: Best Scores
|1. Katelyn Ohashi||USA||15.800||WOGA Classic|
|2. Larisa Iordache||Romania||15.500||Doha|
|3. Aliya Mustafina||Russia||15.450||Russian Nationals|
|4. Zeng Siqi||China||15.150||Doha|
|5. Simone Biles||USA||15.100||Jesolo|
|6. Kyla Ross||USA||15.000||Jesolo|
|6. Anastasia Grishina||USA||15.000||Russian Nationals|
|8. Yevgenia Shelgunova||Russia||14.950||Russian Nationals|
|9. Diana Bulimar||Romania||14.833||European Championships|
|10. Shang Chungsong||China||14.667||Chinese Nationals|
|11. Yu Minobe||Japan||14.600||Zakharova|
|11. Sui Lu||China||14.600||Chinese Nationals|
|11. Kristina Goryunova||Russia||14.600||Russian Nationals|
|14. Deng Linlin||China||14.534||Chinese Nationals|
|15. Tan Sixin||China||14.500||Chinese Nationals|
How the H does someone get a 6.8 D score?
As Nastia points out in the video above, Katelyn's D score can be anything from a 6.4 to a 7.2. That's a pretty big range. When Katelyn scored a 15.800 at the WOGA classic, she probably received credit for all of her connections, which would put her around the 7.1 mark.
What's this about a gymnast performing 2 fulls on the beam?
Unless you've been living in a cave and striking flint together for light, you probably have seen this video…
The snobbiest of the couch judges will surely ululate. "A tu-pike is not a real body position!" Yes, we know. Thanks for that. Now scurry off and have dramatic readings of the Code of Points with your monocle-wearing friends. Let the rest of the world marvel over the fact that someone threw two fulls on the beam.