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Gymnasts may also qualify to their country's national team or be selected for international meets based on their scores at Nationals.
Before the breakup of the Soviet Union inSoviet gymnasts dominated both men's and women's gymnastics, commencing with the introduction of the full women's program into the Olympics and the overall increased standardization of the Olympic gymnastics competition format which happened in Soviet Union's success might be explained by a heavy state's investment in sports to fulfil its political agenda on an international stage.
From to inclusive, the Soviet women's squad won almost every single team title in World Championship competition and at the Summer Olympics: Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, they competed together as one nation for the last time at the Summer Olympics as a "Unified Team," winning the gold.
Russia has maintained the tradition of gymnastics excellence, medaling at every Worlds and Olympic competition in both MAG and WAG disciplines, except in the Olympicswhere the Russian women's team did not win any medals. Ukraine also has a strong team; Ukrainian Lilia Podkopayeva was the all-around champion at the Olympics.Make It Count 2015
Belarus has maintained a strong men's team. Other former republics have been somewhat less successful. In terms of medal results and overall domination, the Soviet legacy remains the strongest of all in artistic gymnastics.
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Romania[ edit ] Romania: Their women's teams have also won team medals at every Olympics from to inclusive, including three victories in, and At the 16 World Championships from to inclusive, the women's team failed to medal only twice in and and has won the team title seven times, including five victories in a row — The Romanian women's team failed to qualify for the Summer Olympicsbut they may send one individual gymnast. Artistic gymnastics in the United States United States: While isolated American gymnasts, including Kurt Thomas and Cathy Rigbywon medals in World Championship meets in the s, the United States team was largely considered a "second power" until the mid- to late s, when American gymnasts began medaling consistently in major, fully attended competitions.
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Inthe Olympic men's team won the gold. Also inMary Lou Retton became the first American Olympic all-around champion and won individual medals as well. InKim Zmeskal became the first American world all-around champion. At the Olympicsthe American women won their first team medal bronzeas well as their highest all-around ranking, a silver medal by Shannon Millerin a fully attended Games.
In men's gymnastics, Trent Dimas was able to capture the gold medal on the horizontal bar. This was the second time that an American gymnast, male or female, won a gold medal in an Olympics held outside the United States.
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At the Olympics and Olympicsthe U. Of particular note is that at the World Championships in MelbourneAmerican women won the gold and silver the all-around and went 1—2 in every single event final except vault in which they placed third.
They continue to be one of the most dominant forces in the sport. The men's team has also matured, making the medal podium at both the and Olympics; they also made the podium at the and World Championships. Paul Hammthe most successful U. He followed this up by winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games.
Douglas and Raisman are already ahead of many of the Olympians who stagnated in their comebacks. And Biles is already setting her own precedents. At the world championships, each team has six gymnasts. Five compete in each event during the qualifying rounds with the top four scores counting; three compete and three scores count in each event for the team finals.
Meanwhile, from qualifying, the top eight teams make the team final, and the top 24 all-arounders and top eight in each event move onto those finals, though only two per country can advance in each final. The Olympic all-around champion showed some rust when she returned to competition this year, following a two-and-a-half year break.
Strong in all four events, Douglas stands out on the uneven bars, typically the U. Long a top bridesmaid in the U. Should she make the cut in Glasgow, Dowell could help in floor exercise or uneven bars. The Oklahoma Sooner is taking a year off from college to continue her elite gymnastics career.
Dallas How She Can Help: An uneven bars star, Kocian won the U.
Though a rookie to the world stage, Nichols has shined at the U. She moved up to second place in the all-around after finishing third last year and missing worlds due to injury. While not dominant in any one event, Nichols was top-seven in balance beam, floor exercise and uneven bars in the last two U.
The rock of the U. Olympic Team won the gold medal in floor exercise and the bronze medal in balance beam.