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CSI: Your Floor Routine

OK, listen up. Today, I’m CSIing the D scores from the floor routines at US Classic to check out what elements people are performing, what’s actually receiving credit, and what the trends are in that regard.

For each routine, the left column is the composition that the gymnast attempted at Classic and the D score that would have been given had every attempted skill been completed successfully. In the right column, I’ve noted where I believe a different skill was awarded. That’s not based on any knowledge of what the judges actually did, just on watching the routine, seeing the D score that was given, and making some assumptions.

And remember to watch out for that damn domestic stick bonus (JUST GET RID OF IT).


MyKayla Skinner – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double double layout – I
Front tuck through to double tuck full – A + E
Leg-up hop full – C
Switch leap full – D Switch leap 1/2 – C
Double double tucked – H
Split leap 1.5 – D
Wolf turn double – D Wolf turn single – A
Back 1.5 through to back tuck – C + A
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – IHEC – 2.5 Acro – IHEC – 2.5
Dance – DDDC – 1.5 Dance – DCCA – 1.1
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0
Total D – 6.0 Total D – 5.6

Even with the aborted final pass, Skinner was still going for a 6.0 D score at Classic, which would have been among the very highest attempted. She definitely didn’t get credit for the double wolf turn since she went to her knee after the first turn because DONE. That was a D-score destroyer here because the wolf single is only an A, and the situation on the last pass meant she didn’t have the backup “just in case” C element she otherwise would have.

Counting that A skill took her D score down three tenths, the other tenth most likely coming from a downgrade of the switch leap full, which was landed under-rotated, though you could argue it was one of the other dance elements instead.

If Skinner does the 1.5 through to double tuck at nationals, which I assume is the intent, she would be up to 6.2 if receiving credit for everything.


Gabby Perea – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Full-twisting double tuck – E
Front tuck through to back 2.5 – A + D
Wolf turn triple – E Wolf turn double – D
Wolf turn double – D Repeated skill
Switch leap – B
Switch leap full – D
Double pike – D
Split leap 1.5 – D Split leap full – C
Back 2/1 – C
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – EDDC – 1.6 Acro – EDDC – 1.6
Dance – EDDD – 1.7 Dance – DDCB – 1.3
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0
Total D – 5.3 Total D – 4.9

The victim of wolf turn destruction in the senior ranks at this meet was Gabby Perea, who was under on her triple wolf attempt, which mean the subsequent double wolf was a repeated skill and received no credit at all. You’ll note in this routine, after the wolf triple attempt, Perea moves her leg to where it would have finished in order to begin her double wolf, which you should never do because it signals to the judges that you were under on the previous skill.

The wolf turns don’t account for all the downgrades Perea received, so I’d say she also didn’t get the split leap 1.5, but you could argue for the switch leap full. There was downgrade potential on both.


Shilese Jones – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double double tucked – H
Double Arabian – E
Wolf turn triple – E Wolf turn double – D
Full-twisting double tuck – E
L turn double – D L turn single – B
Leg-up hop full – C
Switch side 1/2 – C Switch side – B
Double tuck – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – HEED – 2.2 Acro – HEED – 2.2
Dance – EDCC – 1.5 Dance – DCBB – 1.1
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0
Total D – 5.7 Total D – 5.3

Jones lost quite a bit of her intended D on floor. That definitely includes the wolf turn triple, which was short of the full three turns, and I’m saying that switch side 1/2 was not around enough for credit as well. That accounts for two of the four tenths that Jones lost, so I’m thinking the L turn double must have been dropped down to a single. The leg stays in position longer than necessary, but that heel drops early.


Morgan Hurd – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double layout – F
Front layout + Front 2/1 – B + D – 0.1 CV
Switch ring – C
Split leap 1.5 – D Split leap full – C
Double tuck – D Stick bonus – +0.1
Split ring full – D Split leap full – repeated skill
Split jump full – C
Double pike – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – FDDD – 1.8 Acro – FDDDB – 2.0
Dance – DDCC – 1.4 Dance – CCC – 0.9
CV – 0.1 CV – 0.1, Stick bonus – 0.1
Total D – 5.3 Total D – 5.1

I didn’t realize quite how much was going on in the evaluation of Hurd’s floor routine until I went through, mostly just thinking, “Oh, she downgraded, 5.1, yeah, la la la.”

With the stick bonus from the double tuck presumably taking her up a tenth, we’re looking at three tenths lost elsewhere. The downgrade of the split leap full makes sense, but to come up with another two tenths, I’m guessing they must have not given her the ring position on the split ring full—there’s not a lot of back arch there—meaning it would be a split leap full and a repeated skill. That gets us down to 5.1.

And yes, the irony of Morgan Hurd being the one who gets a ring position downgraded should be noted.


Jade Carey – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double double layout – I
Double L turn – D Single L turn – B
Double layout full – H Stick bonus – 0.1
Leg-up hop full – C
Switch leap full – D Switch leap 1/2 – C
Double double tucked – H
Split leap full – C
Front tuck through to double tuck – A + D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro –  IHHD – 2.9 Acro – IHHD – 2.9
Dance – DDCC – 1.4 Dance – CCCB – 1.1
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0, Stick bonus – 0.1
Total D – 6.3 Total D – 6.1

Dropping her heel on the double L turn probably accounts for two tenths being taken from Carey’s D score since the single L being just a B element. She lost exactly two tenths from her intended D, but since she would have received the stick bonus for her second pass, we have to come up with something else on one of the leaps. It’s a Pandora’s box of possibilities there, but I’m thinking it was the switch leap 1/2 that got her.


Jordan Chiles – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double held-leg turn – D
Double layout – F
Back 1.5 through to double tuck – C + D – 0.1 CV
Switch ring – C
Split leap 1.5 – D Split leap full – C
Front 2/1 – D
Switch leap full – D Switch leap 1/2 – C
Double pike – D
Full twist to front support – A
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – FDDD – 1.8 Acro – FDDD – 1.8
Dance – DDDC – 1.5 Dance – DCCC – 1.3
CV – 0.1 CV – 0.1
Total D – 5.4 Total D – 5.2

Chiles lost two tenths from her intended D score, which isn’t disastrous. You could say they come from dropping the held-leg double turn early, but I’m going with the split leaps being under-turned, each accounting for a tenth.


Sloane Blakely – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Full-twisting double tuck – E
Switch ring – C
Split leap full – C
Double Y spin – D Single Y spin – B
Double Arabian – E
Double pike – D
Wolf turn double – D
Switch leap 1/2 – C
Double tuck – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – EEDD – 1.8 Acro – EEDD – 1.8
Dance – DDCC – 1.4 Dance – DCCC – 1.3
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0
Total D – 5.2 Total D – 5.1

Blakely gets the Good Backup Composition award because she has an extra backup dance element in her routine.

When she doesn’t receive credit for the double Y spin, as happened here, she isn’t immediately forced to count a B skill for the single Y because she has that extra switch leap 1/2 toward the end. It’s otherwise a non-counting skill, but it can be used as a counting C element here so that she’s losing only one tenth instead of two.


Grace McCallum – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double double tucked – H
Front layout + Front 2/1 + Front tuck – B + D + A – 0.2 CV
Switch ring leap – C
Switch leap 1/2 – C
Wolf turn triple – E
Full-twisting double tuck – E Stick bonus – 0.1
Split leap 1.5 – D Split leap full – C
Double tuck – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – HEDD – 2.1 Acro – HEDD – 2.1
Dance – EDCC – 1.5 Dance – EDCC – 1.5
CV – 0.2 CV – 0.2, Stick bonus – 0.1
Total D – 5.8 Total D – 5.8

McCallum enjoyed a case of code equilibrium here, where the stick bonus for her full-twisting double tuck counteracted what I would say was short rotation on her split leap 1.5 attempt, bringing her to exactly her intended 5.8 D score in the end.


Alexis Jeffrey – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double Arabian – E
Wolf turn double – D
Double pike – D Stick bonus 0.1
Leg-up hop full – C Leg-up hop 1/2 – B
Switch side 1/2 – C
Straddle jump 1/1 + Double stag – C + B
Double tuck – D
Back 2/1 – C
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – EDDC – 1.6 Acro – EDDC – 1.6
Dance – DCCC – 1.3 Dance – DCCB – 1.2
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0, Stick bonus 0.1
Total D – 4.9 Total D – 4.9

Jeffrey appears to have experienced the same phenomenon, sticking on her double pike and presumably losing credit somewhere else in order to get her to exactly 4.9. I suppose I’d go with the leg-up hop full, where the leg dropped early, though it was no different than a bunch of others in this competition, at least a few of which must have received credit.


Olivia Hollingsworth – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Split jump full – C
Full-twisting double tuck + Split jump – E + A – 0.1 CV
Back 1.5 through to double tuck – C + D – 0.1 CV
Split leap full – C
Switch leap full – D Switch leap 1/2 – C
Front tuck through to back 2/1 – A + C
Wolf turn single – A
Double pike – D Stick bonus 0.1
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – EDDCC – 1.9 Acro – EDDCC – 1.9
Dance – DCC – 1.0 Dance – CCC – 0.9
CV – 0.2 CV – 0.2, Stick bonus 0.1
Total D – 5.1 Total D – 5.1

Samesies for Hollingsworth. She stuck her final pass, which counteracted the definite under-rotation on the switch leap full and kept her at her intended 5.1.


The rest of the field appears to have received credit for all skills as intended on floor, but since I couldn’t be sure of that until I went through the routines, I will post them here anyway in case you’re interesting in brushing up on your CoP.

Leanne Wong – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Arabian double pike + Stag jump – F + A = 0.1 CV
Back 3.5 – F
Switch ring – C
Leg-up hop full – C
Back 2.5 + Front layout – D + B – 0.1 CV
Straddle jump full – C
Double L turn + Full turn – D + A
Back 3/1 – E
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – FFED – 2.1 Acro – FFED – 2.1
Dance – DCCC – 1.3 Dance – DCCC – 1.3
CV – 0.2 CV – 0.2
Total D – 5.6 Total D – 5.6

Aleah Finnegan – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double double tucked – H
Double Arabian + Stag jump – E + A – 0.1 CV
Switch ring 1/2 – D
Split jump full – C
Full turn – A
Back 2.5 + Front layout – D + B – 0.1 CV
Switch ring – C
Split leap full – C
Front 2/1 – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – HEDD – 2.1 Acro – HEDD – 2.1
Dance – DCCC – 1.3 Dance – DCCC – 1.3
CV – 0.2 CV – 0.2
Total D – 5.5 Total D – 5.5

Riley McCusker – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Full-twisting double tuck – E
Front 2/1 + Front tuck + Stag jump – D + B + A – 0.1 CV
Split leap full – C
Double pike – D
Wolf turn triple – E
Switch ring – C
Switch leap full – D
Double tuck – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro –  EDDD – 1.7 Acro –  EDDD – 1.7
Dance – EDCC  – 1.5 Dance – EDCC  – 1.5
CV – 0.1 CV – 0.1
Total D – 5.3 Total D – 5.3

The key to McCusker’s success. Full credit for everything she attempted on both beam and floor.


Simone Biles – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double layout full + Split jump – H + A – 0.1 CV
Double layout 1/2 + Front layout – G + B – 0.2 CV
Switch leap full – D
Wolf turn double – D
Front full through to full-twisting double tuck
C + E – 0.2 CV
Switch leap – B
Split leap 1.5 – D
Double double tucked – H
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – HHGEC – 3.1 Acro – HHGEC – 3.1
Dance – DDD – 1.2 Dance – DDD – 1.2
CV – 0.5 CV – 0.5
Total D – 6.8 Total D – 6.8

If we’re being honest, that split 1.5 should have been downgraded. A lot of them were in this competition.


Kara Eaker – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Front layout + Front 2/1 + Front tuck
B + D + A – 0.2 CV
Back 3/1 – E
Double Y turn – D
Back 2.5 + Front 1/1 – D + C = 0.2 CV
Switch ring – C
Split leap full – C
Double pike – D
Switch ring 1/2 – D ??
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – EDDD – 1.7 Acro – EDDD – 1.7
Dance – DDCC – 1.4 Dance – DDCC – 1.4
CV – 0.4 CV – 0.4
Total D – 5.5 Total D – 5.5

Eaker got her full intended D score, which seems to indicate she got that final switch ring 1/2, but there wasn’t enough of a half twist after that ring for me.


Jaylene Gilstrap – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double pike – D
Front layout + Front full – B + C
Split leap full – C
Double tuck – D
Switch leap – B
Switch ring – C
Wolf turn double – D
Back 2/1 – C
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – DDCC – 1.4 Acro – DDCC – 1.4
Dance – DCCB – 1.2 Dance – DCCB – 1.2
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.4
Total D – 4.6 Total D – 4.6

Faith Torrez – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Full-twisting double layout – H
Split leap full – C
Double layout – F
Switch leap – B
Switch leap 1/2 – C
Wolf turn double – D
Front tuck through to double tuck – A + D
Double pike – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – HFDD – 2.2 Acro – HFDD – 2.2
Dance – DCCB – 1.2 Dance – DCCB – 1.2
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0
Total D – 5.4 Total D – 5.4

Abigael Vides – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Split jump full – C
Full-twisting double tuck – E
Switch leap – B
Split leap full – C
Front 2/1 – D
Switch leap 1/2 – C
Double pike – D
Double turn – B
Double tuck – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – EDDD – 1.7 Acro – EDDD – 1.7
Dance – CCCB – 1.1 Dance – CCCB – 1.1
CV – 0.0 CV – 0.0
Total D – 4.8 Total D – 4.8

I would say Vides is dangerously close to not having a passage of dance with the halting motion and change of direction after the switch leap, but she got credit for it.


Emily Lee – Floor
Attempted routine
Credited routine
Double layout – F
Back 2.5 + Front full – D + C – 0.2 CV
Switch ring – C
Switch leap 1/2 – C
Double tuck – D
Double turn – B
Straddle jump full – C
Double pike – D
CR – 2.0 CR – 2.0
Acro – FDDDC – 2.1 Acro – FDDDC – 2.1
Dance – CCC – 0.9 Dance – CCC – 0.9
CV – 0.2 CV – 0.2
Total D – 5.2 Total D – 5.2

 

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