National Team Rankings – April 2018

How It Works
Taking into account all scores recorded at competitions in the last six months, each nation is given a team total based on how its best-scoring group of five senior gymnasts would do in a hypothetical 3-up, 3-count team final.

Each individual’s best scores may come from any official competition (they need not all be from the same meet), and whichever group of five gymnasts would produce the highest score is the one selected.

Countries that have not shown enough senior routines in the last six months to fill a 3-up, 3-count team on each event are not included.

Rankings will be updated on the first of each month, and scores will expire after six months in order to provide the most up-to-date snapshot of where nations are at the current moment. The current rankings include only scores from October 2017–March 2018.

Leaving the rankings this month was Romania (RIP), temporarily without enough scores on each event in the last six months to put together a full team. Rejoining the rankings this month were Turkey, Singapore, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and New Zealand.

Last month’s ranking is in parentheses.

Previous rankings
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

1. (3) RUSSIA – 172.199
Elena Eremina 14.033 15.100 13.233 13.600
Angelina Melnikova 14.550 14.966 12.666 13.700
Varvara Zubova 13.167 12.700 14.250 13.600
Angelina Simakova 15.050 14.100 13.300 13.200
Maria Kharenkova 0.000 0.000 15.350 14.200
172.199 43.633 44.166 42.900 41.500
Russia regains the top spot as last September’s scores come off the rankings, building an advantage through the fantastic bars scores from worlds and some domestic beam. Because beam is evaluated so tightly at FIG competitions, those who have beam scores from domestic, or just generally cracky, competitions will find an advantage. For instance below, the US is still counting Emily Lee’s beam score from that elite qualifier even though she’s not even on the national team because it’s just so much higher than what others are getting at big meets.
2. (2) UNITED STATES – 171.146
Ragan Smith 14.466 14.133 12.900 14.433
Morgan Hurd 14.566 14.333 13.800 14.033
Jade Carey 15.066 0.000 0.000 14.200
Ashton Locklear 0.000 14.566 12.333 0.000
Emily Lee 13.500 12.000 14.650 13.200

171.146

44.098 43.032 41.350 42.666
The US lost a little ground this month with the scores from the junior Japan International in September expiring, taking away some useful numbers from Malabuyo and O’Keefe and putting a strain on beam, where the US has very few recent, usable scores. Note that Irina Alexeeva’s scores from the WOGA Classic and Gymnix would improve the total but aren’t used here because of citizenship limbo.
3. (4) JAPAN – 170.432
Asuka Teramoto 13.600 13.966 14.200 13.350
Mai Murakami 14.950 13.900 13.800 14.333
Kiko Kuwajima 14.350 12.750 14.500 12.300
Aiko Sugihara 14.200 13.533 14.000 13.833
Hitomi Hatakeda 14.650 14.400 13.800 13.100
170.432 43.950 42.266 42.700 41.516
4. (5) CANADA – 169.902
Brooklyn Moors 14.166 13.200 13.767 14.600
Shallon Olsen 14.900 12.700 13.200 13.667
Rose Woo 13.950 13.667 13.900 13.500
Ana Padurariu 13.500 14.267 14.234 13.734
Ellie Black 14.600 14.400 13.433 13.433
169.902 43.666 42.334 41.901 42.001
Very useful scores from Shallon Olsen and Rose Woo at Gymnix, bumping up the vault and beam totals, allow Canada to move into the top 4 this month, a project also aided by all of China’s scores ever dropping off the rankings.
5. (6) FRANCE – 168.715
M De Jesus Dos Santos 14.550 14.650 13.933 13.550
Lorette Charpy 13.800 14.350 14.000 13.200
Marine Boyer 14.000 13.200 14.200 13.650
Juliette Bossu 13.550 14.166 13.150 13.400
Coline Devillard 14.266 0.000 0.000 0.000
168.715 42.816 43.166 42.133 40.600
Solid performances from Boyer, Dos Santos, and Devillard at event world cups this month have allowed France to jump into the top 5 and create some separation from the rest of Europe.
6. (8) GREAT BRITAIN – 167.416
Amy Tinkler 14.700 13.700 13.200 13.850
Latalia Bevan 13.500 12.700 13.800 13.350
Lucy Stanhope 14.700 12.100 13.050 12.700
Georgia-Mae Fenton 14.050 14.533 13.800 12.250
Claudia Fragapane 14.200 13.650 13.050 13.933
167.416 43.600 41.883 40.800 41.133
The injury epidemic has not caught up to Great Britain in the rankings yet, with the top-scoring gymnasts having competed quite a lot in recent months while putting up pretty competitive numbers.
7. (1) CHINA – 166.979
Chen Yile 0.000 14.233 14.466 0.000
Wang Yan 14.500 13.400 11.266 13.366
Zhang Jin 14.233 12.466 13.533 13.266
Wang Cenyu 13.000 14.450 14.166 12.450
Liu Jinru 14.100 0.000 0.000 13.266
166.979 42.833 42.083 42.165 39.898
Basically all of China’s scores came off the rankings after September, meaning there’s nothing to use from Liu Tingting or Li Qi and only bars and beam from Chen Yile, putting the onus on the recent world cup competitors to provide most of the scores.
8. (11) UKRAINE – 166.208
Diana Varinska 13.800 14.583 13.650 12.966
Anastasiya Belyaeva 13.775 10.100 10.650 13.550
Valeria Osipova 13.900 13.800 14.150 14.150
Angelina Radivilova 0.000 13.300 10.800 12.700
Valeria Iarmolenko 13.300 11.700 13.800 13.750
166.208 41.475 41.683 41.600 41.450
Domestic Ukraine scores. Don’t worry about it.
9. (10) GERMANY – 166.016
Kim Bui 0.000 14.400 0.000 0.000
Tabea Alt 14.200 13.750 13.650 12.933
Pauline Schaefer 13.700 13.000 13.533 13.500
Sarah Voss 14.600 13.333 13.750 13.033
Elisabeth Seitz 13.700 14.900 12.433 13.000
166.016 42.500 43.050 40.933 39.533
The Germans compete prolifically in the early part of the year with all these AA world cup events and the Bundesliga, allowing Germany to avoid the score punch that many other teams have received.
10. (13) BELGIUM – 164.049
Axelle Klinckaert 14.000 12.100 12.500 13.333
Nina Derwael 13.566 15.300 13.500 13.366
Maellyse Brassart 14.100 12.800 12.200 12.333
Rune Hermans 13.333 13.900 13.200 13.500
Senna Deriks 13.900 13.450 10.800 12.650
164.049 42.000 42.650 39.200 40.166
March proved a huge month for Belgium, sending a full-strength team to Stuttgart to win the team event there and performing quite well at apparatus world cups to increase the country’s scores across the board and jump up into the top 10.
11. (12) ITALY – 163.082
Giada Grisetti 13.650 14.000 12.450 12.250
Desiree Carofiglio 14.000 13.650 11.650 13.400
Elisa Meneghini 13.750 13.000 12.900 13.466
Maria Cocciolo 13.133 11.750 13.850 11.900
Lara Mori 13.650 13.466 13.200 13.750
163.082 41.400 41.116 39.950 40.616
12. (7) BRAZIL – 160.733
Lorrane Oliveira 13.400 13.267 12.233 12.233
Fabiane Brito 14.233 11.050 13.900 13.400
Thais Fidelis 13.633 13.200 12.500 13.733
Isabel Barbosa 0.000 0.000 13.100 13.250
Carolyne Pedro 13.567 12.700 12.750 12.967
160.733 41.433 39.167 39.750 40.383
Brazil doesn’t have any scores from Andrade or Saraiva in the last six months, and not that much from Fidelis or Hypolito, accounting for a pretty large drop in the rankings as the newer ones have to pick up the slack.
13. (14) NETHERLANDS – 159.464
Eythora Thorsdottir 0.000 0.000 12.833 13.033
Sanne Wevers 0.000 13.933 14.100 0.000
Tisha Volleman 14.466 12.500 12.500 12.700
Elisabeth Geurts 14.100 12.450 12.533 12.300
Vera van Pol 13.500 13.366 12.133 12.400
159.464 42.066 39.799 39.466 38.133
14. (15) SPAIN – 158.748
Laura Bechdeju 13.500 12.750 12.250 12.600
Nora Fernandez 13.550 13.466 11.050 12.450
Ana Perez 14.100 13.733 12.933 12.966
Paula Raya 13.400 13.350 11.250 11.500
Cintia Rodriguez 13.100 12.800 13.600 12.700
158.748 41.150 40.549 38.783 38.266
15. (17) SWITZERLAND – 157.315
Ilaria Kaeslin 13.533 11.933 12.850 12.650
Giulia Steingruber 15.100 13.300 12.900 13.633
Jessica Diacci 0.000 13.050 11.050 11.800
Stefanie Siegenthaler 0.000 12.650 8.650 12.100
Leonie Meier 13.550 12.433 11.533 12.566
157.315 42.183 39.000 37.283 38.849
16. (16) HUNGARY – 156.365
Zsofia Kovacs 13.350 13.850 13.233 12.400
Sara Peter 13.850 12.050 12.300 12.200
Dalia Al-Salty 12.866 12.100 12.650 12.250
Boglarka Devai 13.900 0.000 0.000 12.033
Nora Feher 13.150 13.350 13.066 12.366
156.365 41.100 39.300 38.949 37.016
17. (18) ARGENTINA – 156.309
Ayelen Tarabini 13.000 12.067 12.733 12.925
Augustina Pisos 13.467 12.350 13.050 12.100
Camila Bonzo 13.600 12.567 12.267 12.467
Matina Dominici 14.450 12.800 12.350 13.300
Romina Petrantuono 0.000 0.000 12.600 0.000
156.309 41.517 37.717 38.383 38.692
18. (21) AUSTRALIA – 155.408
Emily Whitehead 14.166 13.150 11.250 12.150
Alexandra Eade 0.000 0.000 11.566 13.500
Talia Folino 13.400 13.200 10.933 10.166
Georgia Godwin 13.600 13.500 12.660 12.900
Kiara Munteanu 0.000 10.533 11.500 12.266
155.408 41.166 39.850 35.726 38.666
19. (19) COLOMBIA – 155.399
Melba Avendano 13.000 13.150 10.950 13.000
Dayana Ardila 13.933 11.600 11.650 12.850
Ginna Escobar 13.300 12.750 12.550 13.150
Valentina Pardo 13.466 12.250 11.450 12.300
Marcela Sandoval 0.000 12.300 13.300 0.000
155.399 40.699 38.200 37.500 39.000
20. (26) ICELAND – 152.615
Dominiqua Belanyi 13.250 11.700 12.350 11.366
Agnes Suto-Tuuha 13.300 11.600 12.700 12.800
Tinna Teitsdottir 13.550 10.000 10.600 12.433
Irina Sazonova 13.566 12.850 12.650 12.733
Thelma Adalsteinsdottir 12.266 11.650 11.600 12.766
152.615 40.416 36.200 37.700 38.299
Iceland is another nation that competes quite a bit domestically early in the year, and some ripe and juicy beam scores this month account for a gain of six ranking spots.
21. (24) CZECH REPUBLIC – 152.291
Dominika Ponizilova 14.000 11.950 11.750 12.200
Veronika Cenkova 12.700 12.350 12.050 12.500
Kristyna Brabcova 12.500 10.650 12.366 12.600
Lucie Jirikova 13.250 12.200 11.400 12.850
Aneta Holasova 12.875 11.133 13.200 12.600
152.291 40.125 36.500 37616 38.050
22. (22) SWEDEN – 152.265
Marcela Torres 13.800 11.650 12.650 13.250
Jessica Castles 12.933 11.666 12.400 13.250
Agnes Akerman 13.150 10.950 12.450 12.050
Jonna Adlerteg 0.000 12.266 0.000 0.000
Sofia Malmgren 12.800 0.000 11.950 12.800
152.265 39.883 35.582 37.500 39.300
23. (NR) TURKEY – 150.166
Goksu Uctas Sanli 13.400 12.100 12.700 12.700
Demet Mutlu 13.500 11.567 11.700 12.566
Ilyada Sahin 13.300 12.700 11.400 12.000
Doga Ketenci 13.333 9.667 10.000 12.433
Ayse Dilara Aydemir 13.000 9.500 11.467 11.400
150.166 40.233 36.367 35.867 37.699
24. (27) SOUTH KOREA – 150.098
Kim Ju Ri 13.433 10.366 11.433 12.133
Lee Eun Ju 13.300 13.200 12.066 12.100
Heo Seon Min 0.000 12.450 0.000 10.300
Sung Gaeun 13.966 0.000 11.500 11.400
Yun Narae 0.000 11.350 12.275 12.325
150.098 40.699 37.000 35.841 36.558
25. (NR) SINGAPORE – 149.863
Tan Sze En 13.733 13.000 12.800 12.566
Nadine Joy Nathan 13.333 11.633 12.166 12.533
Zeng Qiyan 11.700 12.233 12.100 12.066
Ng Le En 11.300 9.866 11.933 11.933
Caroline Radke 11.366 0.000 9.800 11.266
149.863 38.766 36.866 37.066 37.165
26. (23) NORWAY – 149.750
Julie Erichsen 13.100 0.000 10.500 10.850
Martine Skregelid 13.600 12.350 12.550 12.100
Julie Madso 12.600 10.800 11.100 12.500
Edel Fosse 12.900 11.900 9.200 12.750
Thea Nygaard 12.950 11.850 13.000 12.000
149.750 39.650 36.100 36.650 37.350
27. (28) SLOVAKIA – 149.033
Barbora Mokosova 13.533 13.050 12.600 12.900
Viktoria Vydurekova 12.750 11.350 10.050 10.750
Chiara Bunce 13.200 11.700 11.800 12.300
Ema Kuklovska 12.700 10.000 10.100 11.850
Radoslava Kalamarova 0.000 11.450 11.900 11.600
149.033 39.483 36.200 36.300 37.050
28. (29) FINLAND – 148.182
Enni Kettunen 12.600 10.250 12.150 12.500
Lilian Langenskiold 12.650 11.850 11.450 12.200
Maija Leinonen 13.233 11.866 12.150 12.350
Viivi Nieminen 13.000 9.350 11.400 11.950
Helmi Murto 12.933 12.500 11.300 12.200
148.182 39.166 36.216 35.750 37.050
29. (30) AUSTRIA – 148.134
Jasmin Mader 13.500 12.700 11.867 12.350
Christina Meixner 11.650 10.250 11.900 12.300
Marlies Mannersdorfer 13.000 11.600 11.450 12.650
Linda Hamersak 12.500 10.650 11.900 11.350
Elisa Haemmerle 0.000 11.867 10.250 0.000
148.134 39.000 36.167 35.667 37.300
30. (20) SOUTH AFRICA – 147.630
Claudia Cummins 13.433 11.933 11.366 12.066
Naveen Daries 13.433 12.633 11.166 12.000
Angela Maguire 0.000 11.433 12.300 0.000
Caitlyn Kelly 12.800 12.166 11.300 11.950
Gabriela Murray 13.050 6.750 10.900 11.300
147.630 39.916 36.732 34.966 36.016
31. (NR) MEXICO – 146.616
Paulina Guerra 13.800 10.267 11.300 12.334
Sandra Garcia 0.000 0.000 11.200 0.000
Victoria Mata 13.333 11.700 12.150 11.966
Ahtziri Sandoval 13.200 12.900 9.533 0.000
Mariana Almeida 13.200 0.000 9.900 12.466
146.616 40.333 34.867 34.650 36.766
32. (38) GREECE – 144.805
Argyro Afrati 13.416 12.900 0.000 0.000
Evangelina Plyta 12.125 12.333 7.750 0.000
Ioanna Xoulogi 0.000 0.000 12.233 12.733
Maria-Eleni Makridou 11.700 9.350 11.050 11.000
Evelina Magia 11.750 10.966 11.733 12.566
144.805 37.291 36.199 35.016 36.299
33. (25) EGYPT – 144.547
Farah Hussein 12.200 11.400 11.400 11.766
Farah Salem 0.000 11.666 10.866 12.033
Sherine El Zeiny 13.433 13.533 9.566 11.466
Alia Mostafa 13.050 8.450 10.300 12.200
Hana Bassyouini 12.900 8.850 9.050 11.000
144.547 39.383 36.599 32.566 35.999
34. (NR) PUERTO RICO – 144.236
Andrea Maldonado 13.550 12.500 11.767 11.267
Karelys Diaz 13.700 10.834 11.167 10.700
Stella Diaz 12.250 10.934 10.767 0.000
Paula Mejias 13.650 10.234 9.234 12.566
Bianca Leon 12.750 10.300 10.534 11.534
144.236 40.900 34.268 33.701 35.367
35. (32) CHILE – 143.525
Franchesca Santi 14.300 11.200 10.200 12.150
Camila Vilches 13.100 9.450 10.600 11.800
Martina Castro 13.350 11.000 12.075 12.000
Rayen Lopez 12.300 10.250 10.800 9.950
Paula Carvajal 12.600 9.750 11.500 11.100
143.525 40.750 32.450 34.375 35.950
36. (NR) NEW ZEALAND – 143.029
Courtney McGregor 13.233 12.266 9.466 11.800
Stella Ashcroft 13.166 0.000 10.966 0.000
Estella Matthewson 0.000 10.400 10.266 12.533
Charlotte Ryan 13.733 9.700 10.400 12.233
Maia Fishwick 0.000 12.033 10.100 11.566
143.029 40.132 34.699 31.632 36.566
37. (31) PORTUGAL – 142.995
Mariana Marianito 11.433 10.633 11.433 12.266
Mariana Pitrez 11.933 11.833 9.866 11.833
Filipa Martins 13.166 13.533 12.633 12.433
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
142.995 36.532 35.999 33.932 36.532
38. (34) VENEZUELA – 142.449
Milca Leon 12.950 11.900 12.300 10.850
Pamela Arriojas 12.433 11.466 9.950 12.600
Johanna Sotillo 12.350 11.800 12.500 11.350
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
142.449 37.733 35.166 34.750 34.800
39. (36) IRELAND – 141.666
Meaghan Smith 13.033 11.500 11.100 12.350
Tara Donnelly 0.000 9.400 9.950 0.000
Megan Ryan 12.400 11.150 11.500 12.100
Casey Bell 12.633 11.350 0.000 0.000
Rebecca Geddis 12.200 11.200 11.050 11.450
141.666 38.066 34.050 33.650 35.900
40. (33) SLOVENIA – 140.866
Teja Belak 14.100 0.000 11.433 0.000
Neli Struc 11.600 9.450 8.750 10.750
Marusa Britovsek 11.900 8.000 9.100 9.650
Lucija Hribar 13.333 12.600 10.850 12.100
Tjasa Kysselef 13.850 0.000 11.900 12.500
140.866 41.283 30.050 34.183 35.350
41. (37) CROATIA – 139.166
Ana Derek 0.000 0.000 11.833 13.533
Christina Zwicker 11.350 10.350 12.100 11.900
Tina Zelcic 12.350 5.350 11.200 11.250
Ira Bencinic 12.200 8.500 11.250 12.100
Petra Furac 12.900 10.150 10.900 11.550
139.166 37.450 29.000 35.183 37.533
42. (45) CHINESE TAIPEI – 137.029
Fang Ko Ching 13.400 11.300 8.933 12.033
Lai Pin Ju 0.000 8.266 12.266 11.966
Chuang Hsiu Ju 13.100 11.300 10.166 0.000
Lo Yu Ju 12.766 0.000 8.933 11.533
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
137.029 39.266 30.866 31.365 35.532
43. (35) ISRAEL – 136.814
Ofir Netzer 12.566 11.400 10.633 11.500
Gaya Giladi 13.300 0.000 10.066 0.000
Andy Turiski 13.000 10.333 9.500 11.550
Maitar Levy 12.300 9.750 10.933 11.700
Ofir Kremer 11.800 10.833 9.066 9.700
136.814 38.866 32.566 31.632 33.750
44. (40) LATVIA – 135.815
Anastasija Dubova 11.950 11.500 12.500 11.350
Marija Ribalcenko 11.466 7.766 6.533 10.233
Elina Vihrova 12.350 12.000 12.300 12.900
Valerija Grisane 11.533 0.000 9.433 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
135.815 35.833 31.266 34.233 34.483
45. (41) POLAND – 135.633
Gabriela Janik 13.600 11.450 0.000 0.000
Oliwia Luka 11.850 9.950 11.400 10.700
Barbara Sikora 12.150 10.350 9.200 10.750
Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska 0.000 0.000 13.433 0.000
Malgorzata Bulanda 0.000 0.000 9.950 10.050
135.633 37.600 31.750 34.783 31.500
46. (39) DENMARK – 135.605
Sofia Bjornholdt 12.366 9.250 10.500 11.250
Mette Hulgaard 12.741 12.100 11.550 12.050
Emile Winther 0.000 0.000 7.566 10.000
Linnea Wang 0.000 10.466 9.666 11.666
Mary Petersen (FAR) 12.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
135.605 37.107 31.816 31.716 34.966
47. (43) BOLIVIA – 133.201
Roxana Cruz 12.933 10.333 10.500 12.000
Dianne Soria 11.867 9.867 9.500 10.933
Diana Vasquez 13.467 8.767 11.167 11.867
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
133.201 38.267 28.967 31.167 34.800
48. (42) PERU – 133.117
Angela Perez 12.400 10.050 10.750 10.667
Venere Horna 11.567 9.600 12.600 11.933
Katherine Alejo 12.167 9.050 10.233 10.367
Salma Cruzado 11.700 2.133 10.067 9.150
Ana Karina Mendez 0.000 10.650 0.000 0.000
133.117 36.267 30.300 33.583 32.967
49. (44) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – 131.875
Yamilet Pena 13.725 12.425 11.550 12.125
Sandra Contreras 11.900 10.050 7.650 10.300
Alondra Echevarria 12.200 10.650 8.350 10.950
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
131.875 37.825 33.125 27.550 33.375
50. (46) MALTA – 125.750
Kirsty Caruana 12.000 9.250 10.650 11.450
Sana Grillo 12.200 8.350 11.300 11.100
Suzanne Buttgieg 12.150 8.000 9.150 10.150
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
125.750 36.350 25.600 31.100 32.700
51. (47) CYPRUS – 125.675
Eleni Eliades 12.200 8.900 10.850 11.100
Anastasiya Theocharous 12.650 7.050 11.200 11.400
Gloria Philassides 12.675 6.400 9.400 11.850
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
None 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
125.675 37.525 22.350 31.450 34.350
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7 thoughts on “National Team Rankings – April 2018”

  1. I always love reading these! So informative and the work that you put in is amazing.
    One piece of feedback. I get that you are using the highest scoring teams possible, but for example in the case of Russia. Elena Eremina is out for the rest of 2018. So including her in a team scenario like this is skewing the results slightly. Just my opinion though.
    USA is also slightly skewed as Emily Lee and Ashton Locklear aren’t likely to be used at Worlds.

    It will be fun to watch the results change in May as there will be plenty of competitions to use such as the rest of the World Cup, Jesolo, Europeans, Commonwealth Games, and Pacific Rims.

    United States seems to be the front runner in Doha, especially with Biles back (most likely doing all 4 events in TF). Hurd is looking great, and we shall see how Smith looks in a few weeks. Chiles did well on VT/FX and Marz did well on UB/FX at the World Cup. They both look like great alternates at this point.
    I can see a team of O’Keefe, Hurd, Smith, Biles, and Carey demolishing Worlds. Who get taken out of the AA is the biggest question? Perea is interesting to see where she is at and Malabuyo can compete anywhere. Locklear isn’t likely to make this team, however, you never know. A team of Biles, Hurd, Smith, O’Keefe (one out as alternate) along with Carey (VT/BB/FX) and one UB worker would be feasible this year.

    Then there are others like Trinity Thomas, Kayla DiCello, Audrey Davis that could challenge. Trinity Thomas could very well be the 5th team member for UB/BB to complement Carey. Or maybe even Smith as UB/BB depending on how her knee is.

    With Russia’s injury situation and Mustafina unknown and China looking really fragile at the moment, USA really could sweep the team medals at worlds with 3 teams. They really can’t go wrong with any permutation.

    It is interesting to see the rise of Japan and Canada. They are both set out to make history at these Worlds. I can see both of these teams cracking the team medals.

    If Ana Padruariu is 100% back and healthy for Worlds, Canada will be very dangerous. Black, Olsen, Moors, Onyshko, and Padruariu would be a force to reckon with.

    Japan is also prepping well for Tokyo and it appears their depth is building.

    France is another hopeful, and the team you listed is likely their A team, so 5th place is def. something they can aim for if not higher.

    Great Britain is in the same shape as Russia right not with injuries galore. If the Downies and Tinkler are back by Worlds they will be fine. But if those 3 and Fragapane are out, they might struggle to make team finals.

    Germany looks to be building depth also.

    While the battle for gold is likely to be unchallenged and the US should continue to dominate the team event, the battle for silver and bronze will be very interesting with about 6 teams that could medal. The fight for team finals will also be very close and exciting. Also, making the top 24 will be close between teams 20-28.

    Darkhorses like Singapore, North Korea, Cuba, and Malaysia have the ability to qualify in the top 24, but who knows if full teams will be sent. Singapore isn’t sending a full team to CWG which is surprising and leads me to believe they won’t send a full team to Doha. Malaysia is also inconsistent in entering a team. Cuba is in the same boat, but surely have the athletes that can make top 24 if not even top 12. North Korea is as always an unknown. Egypt looks interesting here on paper, and it will be curious to see how their development continues. South Africa has a bunch of girlies too, but they are sending only 2 girls to CWG.

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    1. I think if the conversation comes to someone to compliment Carey, a healthy McCusker might re-enter the conversation. She is one of the few gymnasts in the country who once upon a time could produce very usable beam and bars routines, and maybe challenge for event medals. I’m curious to see if McCusker shows up at Classics/Nationals, I also do not want her to rush a comeback AT ALL.

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  2. What’s weird is that Russia may be fine this year even in the absence of their (arguably) best gymnast. The two Angelinas, Kharenkova and then maybe Komova and Mustafina can be a decent team for Doha. Even if Komova and Mustafina aren’t ready come worlds they still have a decent amount of gymnasts in reserve which is good.

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  3. Is Romania going to be able to rebuild? It’s so sad if that program really does die completely. But, it’s Romania and gymnastics… they’re coming back right?!

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    1. I would not put it past Ponor to make yet another comeback for the 2018 Worlds. If she simply says “I’ll do it” then she’ll be on the team as they’re certainly desperate for anyone. I know Ponor had a disastrous Worlds, but you have to remember that she was the European beam champ less than a year ago. With beam being the weakest event across the board, she could easily swoop in and get a beam World medal.

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