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The 10 of 10s Poll

Two days away from the NCAA season. Two. Let’s stoke our excitement with a little game.

Below are the 14 routines that received a 10.0 during the 2016 season. Having 14 different, theoretically perfect, theoretically equal routines is all a little “everyone’s a winner” for my taste. This isn’t 2015 worlds. So today, we’re going to pick an ultimate champion. The 10 of 10s. The best of the best. Watch the videos, then vote below. You’re encouraged to show your work in the comments.

Note: Gymnasts who received more than one 10 for a routine during the season are included only once per apparatus—for their best one—so Ashleigh Gnat isn’t nominated 165 times.

1. Nina McGee, Denver – Floor – January 9, 2016

2. Ashleigh Gnat, LSU – Vault – January 22, 2016

3. Bridget Sloan, Florida – Beam – January 29, 2016

4. Kennedy Baker, Florida – Floor – January 29, 2016

5. Chayse Capps, Oklahoma – Beam – February 5, 2016

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6. Ashleigh Gnat, LSU – Floor – February 22, 2016

7. Lauren Beers, Alabama – Vault – February 26, 2016

8. Brittany Rogers, Georgia – Vault – March 6, 2016

9. Danusia Francis, UCLA – Beam – March 6, 2016

10. Alex McMurtry, Florida – Bars – March 11, 2016

11. Bridget Sloan, Florida – Floor – March 11, 2016

12. Hanna Nordquist, Minnesota – Beam – March 12, 2016
This is the one 10 for which video has not materialized after the fact, so I’m including her 9.9125 from nationals instead. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but this routine is several thousand times better than that 10, so I think it’s the one we should evaluate anyway. 

13. Breanna Hughes, Utah – Floor – March 12, 2016

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14. Keeley Kmieciak, Oklahoma – Bars – March 19, 2016

Now it’s time to vote.

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