If the 1996 Olympics had used the 5-3-3 format in gymnasts who do you think would have been the top teams and the formats they would have used for both prelims and team finals. I am thinking.
Russian team: Khorkina, Kochetkova, Galieva, Grosheva, Dolgopolova
Vault- Dolgopolova, Grosheva, Galieva
Bars- Dolgopolova, Kochetkova, Khorkina
Beam- Khorkina, Kochetkova, Galieva
Floor- Grosheva, Galieva, Kochetkova
In prelims Dolgopolova would sit out vault so Khorkina and Kochetkova could both do the AA. Grosheva would sit out bars. Dolgopolova would sit out both beam and floor.
Romanian team: Amanar, Milosovici, Marinescu, Gogean, anyone
With all the injuries I have no idea who the 5th Romanian would have been. They may have found a bars and/or vault specialist or something rather than taking a needless part like Tugurlan or Loalies. Anyway:
Vault- Milo or vault specialist, Gogean, Amanar
Bars- Marinescu, Milo or bars specialist, Amanar
Beam- Milo, Gogean, Marinescu
Floor- Milo, Gogean, Amanar
In prelims the 5th gymnast would sit out beam so Amanar could do the AA. Marinescu would sit out vault. Marinescu or 5th gymnast would sit out bars so Gogean could do the AA. 5th gymnast would sit out floor. Belu be all too happy to remove Marinescu from any consideration for the AA before it even began.
U.S team- Dawes, Miller, Chow, Moceanu, Strug
I really dont see what Phelps would have added to the team in this format.
Vault- Chow, Dawes, Strug
Bars- Miller, Chow, Dawes
Beam- Dawes, Moceanu, Miller
Floor- Moceanu, Dawes, Strug
In prelims Strug would sit out bars. Chow would sit out vault so Moceanu and Miller could do the AA. Chow would sit out floor, either Chow or Strug would sit out bars. And Strug would whine about being ineligible for the AA ad nauseum.
Chinese team- Xuan, Huilan, Wengjing, Yuanyuan, Liya
Vault- Yuanyuan, Liya, Huilan
Bars- Xuan, Wengjing, Huilan
Beam- Xuan, Yuanyuan, Huilan
Floor- Yuanyuan, Huilan, Liya
In prelims Kui would sit out bars, Liya would sit out beam, and Xuan or Bi would sit out vault and floor. Mo Huilan would probably be the only Chinese doing the AA.