Tuesday, May 28, 2013

UTRS: 2013 Beam Scores

How's the 2012 Olympic beam champion doing this year?

Spoiler alert: Deng Linlin's not first in the rankings right now.

Last year, The All Around created some handy dandy rankings, leading up to the Olympics. This year, not so much. So, I've decided to create the UTRS (Uncle Tim Ranking System), which, for those who care, is pronounced "uterus." Think of my ranking system as a surrogate until The All Around steps in and takes over.

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

Name Country D-Score Meet
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

Name Country E-Score Meet
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

Name Country Final Score Meet
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?

The answer: Dubious connections for the win!

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.

Since the score sheet does not include D and E scores, we may never know. At any rate, it raises an interesting question: Do American judges do their gymnasts a disservice by being softies and giving U.S. gymnasts the benefit of the doubt on beam connections?
I see two possible arguments. On the one hand, it generates hype for American gymnasts, giving them a reputation for having nearly unsurpassable D scores. On the other hand, it makes for disheartening situations where the gymnast receives one score in domestic meets (i.e. Jordyn Wieber's 6.3) and much lower scores in international meets (i.e. Jordyn Wieber's 6.0)
What are your thoughts?

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.

Related Links:

2013 Men's and Women's All-Around Scores
2013 Men's Floor Scores
2013 Men's Pommel Horse Scores
2013 Women's Uneven Bar Scores
2013 Men's Rings Scores
2013 Men's Vault Scores 
2013 Men's P-Bar Scores 
2013 Women's Floor Scores  
2013 Men's High Bar Scores 

1 comment:

  1. I thought Ohashi missed a connection during the American cup so her 7.1 went down to a 6.8.
    I think her coach is going to burn her out her routine does not need to be that hard this early.