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.