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.
|VAULT (2 VT AVERAGE)|
|1.||Jade Carey||14.650||US Nationals Day 1|
|2.||Jade Carey||14.567||US September Camp|
|3.||Jade Carey||14.475||US Nationals Day 2|
|4.||Jessica Gadirova||14.150||English Championship|
|5.||Jordan Chiles||14.117||US September Camp|
|6.||Asia D’Amato||13.967||Jesolo Qualification|
|7.||Zsofia Kovacs||13.933||European Event Final|
|8.||Leanne Wong||13.900||US Classic|
|8.||Jessica Gadirova||13.900||British Nationals Event Final|
|10.||Asia D’Amato||13.875||Mediterranean Games|
|1.||Wei Xiaoyuan||15.000||Asian Championship Qualification|
|2.||Rebeca Andrade||14.967||Pan American AA/Event Final|
|2.||Rebeca Andrade||14.967||Brazilian Nationals Day 2|
|2.||Luo Rui||14.967||Chinese Nationals Event Final|
|2.||Wei Xiaoyuan||14.967||Chinese Nationals Event Final|
|6.||Wei Xiaoyuan||14.900||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|7.||Shilese Jones||14.850||US Nationals Day 1|
|7.||Luo Rui||14.850||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|9.||Alice D’Amato||14.800||Serie A Final|
|10.||Shilese Jones||14.767||US September Camp|
|10.||Wei Xiaoyuan||14.767||Asian Championship Event Final|
|1.||Sun Xinyi||14.850||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|2.||Konnor McClain||14.800||US Nationals Day 1|
|2.||Zhou Yaqin||14.800||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|4.||Tang Xijing||14.767||Asian Championship Trial|
|5.||Luo Rui||14.650||Chinese Nationals Team Final|
|6.||Sun Xinyi||14.633||Asian Championship Trial|
|6.||Wu Ran||14.633||Asian Championship Qualification|
|6.||Wu Ran||14.633||Asian Championship Event Final|
|9.||Konnor McClain||14.600||Winter Cup|
|10.||Wu Ran||14.533||Asian Championship Trial|
|1.||Jessica Gadirova||14.600||British Nationals Event Final|
|2.||Shilese Jones||14.250||US Nationals Day 2|
|3.||Flavia Saraiva||14.133||Brazilian Nationals Day 2|
|4.||Shilese Jones||14.100||US Nationals Day 1|
|5.||Jade Carey||14.050||US Nationals Day 1|
|5.||Jessica Gadirova||14.050||British Nationals Day 1|
|5.||Jessica Gadirova||14.050||English Championship|
|8.||Jordan Chiles||14.000||US September Camp|
|8.||Jessica Gadirova||14.000||European Event Final|
|8.||Rebeca Andrade||14.000||Brazilian 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):
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.
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.