Thursday, October 22, 2015

Round 'Em up, Boys: MAG Tidbits from Worlds - October 22, 2015

Here's what happened today…

1. In the next episode of "Chalk Divas," the U.S. took over 10 minutes to chalk the p-bars during podium training.

In that amount of time, you could have intercourse – twice (if you're the average Joe or Jane).

Needless to say, the Americans didn't have much time to actually get on the p-bars.

And we wonder why Sam Mikulak had overtime problems at Worlds last year………

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Round 'Em up, Boys: MAG Tidbits from 2015 Worlds – October 21, 2015

Greetings, Gymternet! While the majority of the gymnastics fans wait patiently for the women's competition to begin, the excitement is just beginning for the men's gymnastics fans.

Let's take a look at what happened today:

1. The gymternet got really excited about Brinn Bevan's jump to prone fall.

Who knew that jumping to your stomach could merit 5 emojis? This is the state of men's gymnastics today.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Round 'Em up, Boys: 2015 Worlds Tidbits – October 20, 2015

Let's skip the 80s intro. Here are some tidbits on the men's side from Worlds…

1. I don't know what the German men have been doing, but it seems that they all have hand injuries.

Marcel Nguyen has a left middle finger injury. Andreas Bretschneider has a finger injury.

2. Check out this article on the Dutch gymnasts with eponymous skills. On the men's side, you have the Zonderland on parallel bars and the van Gelder on rings. For the WAG fans out there, they also mention the Wevers.

3. A breakdown of potential D-scores for Kohei Uchimura. The blog predicts around a 39.4 – provided that Kohei performs his Li Xiaopeng on vault.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Round 'Em up, Boys: Articles, Videos, and other Tidbits from 2015 Worlds - October 19, 2015

When it comes to the World Championships, the gymternet blows up. Sign onto Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or Instagram, and you'll find doctoral dissertations analyzing a single photo and what it means for team lineups.

On the men's side, though, it's much harder to find information. You gotta go looking for it, and in many cases, you need Google translate to find the good stuff.

So, I thought that I'd round up everything that I've been reading and watching and put them into blogs during Worlds. Here's what I came across today…

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tanked: The Unofficial Drinking Game for the 2015 P&G Championships

1. Slurp down a "Red-Headed Slut" every time you see Christian Gallardo on your screen.

Okay, okay, okay, I know nothing about Christian's sexual proclivities. But you have to admit you weren't expecting that opening, were you? 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gender Inequality and Women's Gymnastics – Redux

Click the image to enlarge it.

My first post about gender inequality went awry, but no matter! In writing the original post, I thought of an even more interesting question about gender inequality and women's gymnastics.

When it comes to women's gymnastics, does gender inequality pose a barrier to entry? Is there some kind of threshold for inequality – a point where it becomes increasingly more difficult for women to participate in major competitions?

 Let's discuss the graph above. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Do Height and Weight Matter in Women's Gymnastics?

At one point, some people believed that elite gymnastics was governed by two maxims:
  • The shorter, the better
  • The lighter, the better
These silly notions led to all sorts of problems in the sport. (You can read Little Girls in Pretty Boxes to get a glimpse into some of the problems that happened in the U.S.)

And really, those notions are silly. Within the small population of elite gymnasts, a gymnast's individual height and weight do not correlate with competition rankings.

Which event is the strongest predictor of all-around rankings?

Gymternet, my apologies. I'm on a myth busting tirade.

In my previous post, we looked at whether D-scores were strong predictors of final all-around rankings.

Now, I want to set that post aside, and I want to look at which event is the strongest predictor of final all-around rankings.

On the men's side, conventional wisdom would say that pommel horse is the "make it or break it" event.

And on the women's side, NBC would have us believe that balance beam is the "make it or break it" event.

Well, let's take a look and see how things played out at the 2014 World Championships… 

E-Scores vs. D-Scores: Which is the strongest predictor of all-around rank?

It's time to look at another controversial subject among gymnastics fans.

It goes something like this:

"The gymnast who performs the most difficulty will win the all-around competition."

In other words, gymnastics fans tend to believe that D-scores are stronger predictors of a gymnast's final AA rank than E-scores.

I was curious about this, so I did some sexy data analysis. I ran some multivariate regressions, and here's what I found…

Thursday, June 25, 2015

More Difficulty = Better Execution Score? - The 2014 AA Edition

Let's face it, gym fans. We're human. We like to find examples and then make sweeping generalizations.

The relationship between difficulty scores and execution scores is no exception. Many gymnastics fans feel that judges are more lenient on difficult routines and reward the big Ds with high execution scores.

I was curious about this theory of ours. So, after the 2013 Worlds, I looked at the data from the qualifying rounds to see whether there was a correlation between difficulty and execution, and generally speaking, there wasn't a strong correlation.

This year, I decided to look at a smaller sample of scores. I focused on what happens when the best-of-the-best compete against each other during the all-around finals. So, I ran the data from the all-around final in Nanning.

And for those who like tl;dr statements, here you go: once again, the results were similar. Typically, there isn't a strong relationship between D-scores and E-scores. In other words, more difficulty does not equal higher execution scores – with a few exceptions.

Let's take a look.