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Two-Gymnasts-Per-Country Rule Disqualifies Jordyn Wieber

Should the Two-Gymnasts-Per-Country Rule Be Changed?

Jordyn Wieber was a strong favorite to win gold in the all-around women's gymnastics event, but a controversial rule will keep the gymnast out of the finals altogether. And while her performance in the qualifying heat was not without mistake, many argue that Jordyn's biggest obstacle in advancing to the finals was being part of such a talented team.

The international rule in question states that a country may have a max of two gymnasts compete amongst the 24 women in the all-around final. Put in place to promote diversity and prevent a single-country sweep of the event, the two-gymnasts-per-country rule also means that the gymnasts competing in Tuesday's all-around final are not truly the top 24 in rank. Case in point: Jordyn Wieber. Despite placing fourth amongst the 60 gymnasts who competed on Sunday, she's out because teammates Aly Raisman and Gabrielle Douglas both placed ahead of her (second and third respectively). In Jordyn's place? French gymnast Aurelie Malaussena, who finished almost six points behind her. Gymnasts from Russia, China, and Great Britain will also sit out of the final because of the two-gymnasts-per-country rule.

While limiting entrants in an Olympic event is not unheard of (table tennis, swimming, and beach volleyball are just a few sports that do), it's done during the qualifying trials before the Games are even under way. And unlike what we saw during the gymnastics heat yesterday, a good majority of Olympic sports allow for a single country to own the podium.

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Xombie007 Xombie007 3 years
Of course there should be limits! How would you like it if\u00a0on any given day,\u00a0those other countries each\u00a0have 3, 4, or 5 athletes\u00a0post better scores than any of the American athletes\u00a0and therefore\u00a0negate\u00a0all Americans from\u00a0competing\u00a0in the all-around event at all?\u00a0At least this way,\u00a0there are\u00a02 guaranteed\u00a0spots that Team USA, or Team whatever\u00a0will have. \u00a0 Infact, in\u00a0every major sport that we have here in the U.S. (baseball, football, basketball, hockey, etc.), it's\u00a0the\u00a0top teams\u00a0of\u00a0each pre-determined\u00a0division that\u00a0get through to the playoffs to ENSURE THAT ALL DIVISIONS ARE REPRESENTED\u00a0(even if a\u00a0top team\u00a0have less wins than the second or third place teams of a\u00a0rival division)! That's just\u00a0how it is in practically all sports. So accept it and move on people.
Xombie007 Xombie007 3 years
\u00a0@Susie3006279\u00a0How is it MORE FAIR to let the coaches decide who occupies those 2 limited spots? The 2 girls from each national team\u00a0with the top scores (that they earn by performing)\u00a0should have the spots. Jordyn Wieber (regardless of winning the World Championship event last year)\u00a0didn't come through\u00a0with her qualifying scores in the Olympics. Her teammates did better, and therefore earned those spots!
Xombie007 Xombie007 3 years
I just wanted to point out a couple of things: 1) Since Jordyn Wieber didn't do all that well on that particular day in qualifying for a spot in the individual all-around competition, did anyone even bother to check her scores to see if it even averages\u00a0among the top 24 highest who'll be allowed to compete for that individual all-around event? 2) Of course there should be limits! How would you like it if\u00a0on any given day,\u00a0those other countries have 4 or 5 athletes\u00a0post better scores than any of the American athletes\u00a0and therefore\u00a0negate all\u00a0Americans\u00a0from competing\u00a0in the all-around event, instead\u00a0of the guaranteed 2 spots they'd have? In every sport there is, baseball, football, basketball, hockey, etc., it's\u00a0the\u00a0top teams\u00a0of\u00a0each pre-determined\u00a0division that\u00a0get through to the playoffs to ENSURE THAT ALL DIVISIONS ARE REPRESENTED\u00a0(even if a\u00a0top team\u00a0have less wins than the second or third place teams of a\u00a0rival division). That's just\u00a0how it is in practically all sports. So accept it and move on!
amber512 amber512 3 years
I just wanted to see the best of the best compete. \u00a0I don't understand the rule at all.
Susie3006279 Susie3006279 3 years
This rule is unnecessary. Let the coaches of each country decide who they want to be all around. That is more fair and makes sense.
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