It’s time to reconvene to discuss how everyone has exploded since we last spoke.
- Zsofia Kovacs has torn her ACL and is off the Hungarian team. It’s a major, major blow since she is always expected to have Hungary’s highest score on every event. With alternate Nikolett Szilagyi in her place, we see Hungary’s 2023-average team score drop more than four points.
- Emma Malewski suffered a foot injury that will see her miss worlds for Germany. Especially without Seitz, Malewski was a critical piece, and without her Germany moves squarely into the underdog category for Olympic team qualification rather than being a borderline favorite.
- Miella Brown of Australia was injured on vault at the Paris World Cup. Australia would have loved to have the DTY she was working on, but the loss of her vault should be an issue of tenths rather than points. We haven’t seen Emily Whitehead compete in 2023, but if she has her Y1.5, Australia should be comfortable with that, and she has the potential to add a score on floor.
For Olympic team qualification, 9 more countries will advance from worlds in addition to the US, Great Britain, and Canada, who qualified last year. The next three nations in the standings will automatically get one all-around spot for the country. Then, we move to all-around qualifiers (14 women whose nations aren’t among the 12 qualifying countries), and event qualifiers (1 per event whose nation isn’t among the 12 qualifying countries).
Here’s the full summary of the average and maximum team score standings for 2023, at least until 8 more people tear their ACLs tomorrow.
|Teams by 2023 Average|
As Germany and Hungary drop, Mexico and Romania begin to look increasingly realistic, and Belgium and Spain inch up.
|Teams by 2023 Maximum|