silver is shiny but gold is shinier
Tatiana Nabieva -
AdorableBadA$$ Gymnasts 14/∞
Still can’t believe I actually met Nile!
I was inspired by looking at the ages of the top 8 all-arounders since 2005 to try a different lens for checking out how the age of our field has evolved. So, this tracks the average age of all-around finalists, event finalists, and medalists. There is looking at the average age of all competitors, which according to the FIG when the nominative list came out this year is trending upwards though went down a little bit this year — and then looking at the age of the athletes who are really achieving success.
- I expected the event finalist to be on the older side, the AA finalists to be on the younger side, and the medalists to fluctuate between being in the middle/the youngest group of all. That…was not true at all! Look at how old the AA final was this year.
- The only first-year seniors who qualified to any final this year period were Daria Spiridonova Ashton Locklear, and Bai Yawen. I definitely expect that to change with the influx of talent next year, but what the heck, youngins. Apparently you’re a bunch of slackers. (Here’s that stat by year — note that 2007 and 2008 are weird bc of the old loophole where athletes turning 16 the year of the Olympics got to compete senior a year earlier…I just left it as both counting the gymnasts who were 16 that year, bc otherwise it would be 30 and 0 and they didn’t all necessarily compete? But the ultimate point is: at the 2012 Olympics only 4 finalist spots went to 16-year-olds, but otherwise it’s all been over 8, and usually over 10).
- So, London was super old! That surprised me because I guess I think of it as a competition dominated by mostly 17-year-olds, plus the US team was so young.
- The years Chuso medaled on VT (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011) had their medalist average really affected since she’s such an outlier…but IDK what to really do about that. DARN YOU FOR BEING SO EXCEPTIONAL, CHUSO!!
- My main takeaway from this is that the senior field has been much older than even I’d really thought this whole time? I guess it’s just been hard for the sport to shake that little girls in pretty boxes narrative, but outside of 2007 (when there was the loophole that let in 15-year-olds) and 2009, the average age using all these metrics has been over 18 this entire period—which means the majority of finalists and medalists are adults (at least by the legal definition of most of the world).
- 05-08 stayed more stable agewise with a couple dips whereas 09-12 definitely trended upwards, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens this quad! Once again I would’ve thought those two trends would’ve been reversed (the ‘08 quad being largely dominated by talent that became seniors early in the quad vs the ‘12 quad where they most became seniors in ‘11), maybe bc I’m a little guilty of having US glasses.
- I included this in the last post but I don’t think many people saw it because I added it after the fact and it’s still blowing my mind, so: Vanessa Ferrari has been a top 8 finisher in 5 of the 9 AA finals since 2006, and she’s competed in all of them but one.
I love this pass way too much.
I’ve been offered to do this Maths thing every Wednesday night and apparently it’s meant to be ”really beneficial” and it’s at the same time as gym practice. And I hate having to choose between Gym and education. Like I recently have to give up one night of training every other week for Clarinet and I just don’t want to give up another night! It’s so annoying cause like I can’t do gym when I’m older so I feel like I should stick with my gym but at the same time I feel like I should concentrate on school. Urhhhhh I hate this so much. The maths thing also means I would give up piano which sucks. I just don’t what to do
From training to competition
Gymnasts of the 2014 World Championships → Aliya Mustafina
2014 Worlds: The year the gymternet became terrified of the jinx