Gymnastics News #21 - Tumbling on to Tokyo

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But couldn't they still do that with 6-member teams? All they had to do was change the structure of how many gymnasts compete in the team finals.
Some of it has to do with trying to cap the total number of athletes at the games. As they add sports, they don’t want to increase the housing and other expenses.
 

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Most likely. The nominative spot that Jade earned would automatically go to the following athlete in the Challenge Cup standings. It might be an American, it might not which is why I said 'most likely'. And it's also why I think going after nominative spots for the US is silly--getting the non-nominative spots through the AA World Cups and continental championships makes more sense because they aren't named spots--they can be chosen closer to the Games. Imagine if Jade gets a nominative Olympic spot and then gets injured... we can't sub anyone in so we would essentially lose that spot.
Going for the nominative slot makes perfect sense for Jade from her perspective. It guarantees her a spot, which would not be the case if she qualified at the team event.
 

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I read somewhere that Tom Forster was only going to allow one of the two specialist spots to be a nominative spot. So that could mean that he isn't letting anyone else go to the Challenge Cups? Suppose Mykayla Skinner wanted to come back for this -- he would tell her he isn't sending her to Challenge Cups because then both Mykayla and Jade could qualify nominative spots? But if Jade gets injured, then there is no US athlete who could qualify to be next in line through Challenge Cups? It is all so weird. Please just go back to 5-6 person teams.
It's all sorts of confusing hullabaloo. There are certain arbitrary criteria one has to meet in order to be selected for the Challenge Cups and only Jade meets them right now. But yes, theoretically they could send multiple gymnasts to those events and have 2 automatically qualify which is not ideal for the team as a whole in case one gets injured. I think the reason this is happening is to prevent lawsuits since the NGB can't legally prevent athletes from competing at these events.

Going for the nominative slot makes perfect sense for Jade from her perspective. It guarantees her a spot, which would not be the case if she qualified at the team event.
Absolutely. I have immense respect for her dad (her coach) who is looking out for her best interests especially at a time when the federation supporting her is falling apart. Certainly not good for the team, but major props to her dad for taking control.
 

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