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Top Event Scores of 2022

Today, as we hurtle ever closer to worlds, I’m checking in on the best scores on each apparatus recorded in 2022*. Across all four of these top-10 lists, China owns 14 scores, the US has 13 scores, Gadirova Britain has 6 scores, Brazil has 4 scores, Italy has 3, and Hungary has 1.

*Only worlds-eligible gymnasts are included.

1.Jade Carey14.650US Nationals Day 1
2.Jade Carey14.567US September Camp
3. Jade Carey14.475US Nationals Day 2
4.Jessica Gadirova14.150English Championship
5.Jordan Chiles14.117US September Camp
6.Asia D’Amato13.967Jesolo Qualification
7.Zsofia Kovacs13.933European Event Final
8.Leanne Wong13.900US Classic
8.Jessica Gadirova13.900British Nationals Event Final
10.Asia D’Amato13.875Mediterranean Games
1.Wei Xiaoyuan15.000Asian Championship Qualification
2.Rebeca Andrade14.967Pan American AA/Event Final
2. Rebeca Andrade14.967Brazilian Nationals Day 2
2. Luo Rui14.967Chinese Nationals Event Final
2.Wei Xiaoyuan14.967Chinese Nationals Event Final
6.Wei Xiaoyuan14.900Chinese Nationals Team Final
7.Shilese Jones14.850US Nationals Day 1
7.Luo Rui14.850Chinese Nationals Team Final
9.Alice D’Amato14.800Serie A Final
10.Shilese Jones14.767US September Camp
10.Wei Xiaoyuan14.767Asian Championship Event Final
1.Sun Xinyi14.850Chinese Nationals Team Final
2.Konnor McClain14.800US Nationals Day 1
2. Zhou Yaqin14.800Chinese Nationals Team Final
4. Tang Xijing14.767Asian Championship Trial
5.Luo Rui14.650Chinese Nationals Team Final
6.Sun Xinyi14.633Asian Championship Trial
6.Wu Ran14.633Asian Championship Qualification
6.Wu Ran14.633Asian Championship Event Final
9.Konnor McClain14.600Winter Cup
10.Wu Ran14.533Asian Championship Trial
1.Jessica Gadirova14.600British Nationals Event Final
2.Shilese Jones14.250US Nationals Day 2
3. Flavia Saraiva14.133Brazilian Nationals Day 2
4. Shilese Jones14.100US Nationals Day 1
5.Jade Carey14.050US Nationals Day 1
5.Jessica Gadirova14.050British Nationals Day 1
5.Jessica Gadirova14.050English Championship
8.Jordan Chiles14.000US September Camp
8.Jessica Gadirova14.000European Event Final
8.Rebeca Andrade14.000Brazilian Nationals Day 2

Armed and not to be trusted with this information, it’s time to play a little game called What Is the Best Possible Worlds Team You Could Pick Using Anyone From Any Country? We’re still workshopping the title. Seems long-ish.

The highest-scoring team one could come up with is this one (using single-vault scores because that’s what team is):

Rebeca Andrade14.70014.96714.43314.000
Shilese Jones14.55014.85014.250
Konnor McClain14.40014.800
Luo Rui14.96714.650
Jessica Gadirova14.600

Now, if this were real life, I’m not sure that I would trust that Gadirova 14.600 from British as real and would also consider Jade Carey for that position on the team to deliver a floor score and improve the vault total by several tenths. A team with Carey in place of Gadirova also goes into the 175s.

In fact, a “light a candle and hold on for dear life” team with Jade Carey and Sun Xinyi joining Andrade, Jones, and Luo comes in only a tenth behind the previous team.

Rebeca Andrade14.70014.96714.43314.000
Shilese Jones14.55014.85014.250
Sun Xinyi14.850
Luo Rui14.96714.650
Jade Carey14.80014.050

Luo Rui delivers the best combination of bars and beam scores, though by only a little more than a tenth over Tang Xijing, whom you might also consider for having more realistic events, even though her floor wouldn’t be used on a best-in-the-world team.

Wei Xiaoyuan’s world-leading bars score doesn’t really get her into these five because the bars scores from Andrade, Jones, and Luo are very close to her, and they all have at least one other event.

For reference, the highest-scoring team you can come up with that doesn’t include Rebeca Andrade would be at 174.682, which would include Jones, McClain, Tang, Luo, and either Carey or Gadirova (both the same score). The top team that doesn’t include Shilese Jones would be at 174.882 and would include Andrade, Gadirova, Carey, Luo, and Tang.

So anyway, this was a very productive use of time and I’m pretty much the same as a doctor.

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