Body Type?

“My fellow gymnastics enthusiant Brian and myself have this theory that some gymnasts receive form deductions that are really for their body types.” 

I have to say I disagree.  Raducan won the Olympics despite her legs supposedly being “too muscular”. Judges didn’t seem to have a problem with it. Podkapayeva had really big thighs and won Worlds, Europeans, and the Olympics. KM had atrocious form but still made event finals for beam at 1997 Worlds. At 1999 worlds she mad beam and floor finals but she was injured and couldn’t compete. Her problem was her form, not her body type. Even Terin Humphrey won a bars silver at the Olympics despite the fact that her knees didn’t didn’t straighten completely.  


The blog posts a clarification.

Saying Nastia’s body type makes her look prettier when she’s doing this or that skill is a bit different than saying people that have a more muscular body type lose points because of that.  Most artistic gymnasts are pretty muscular and judges can tell when a muscular leg is straight and when it’s not.  Team Nastia has spent years working so that she has the flexibility and strength she needs to keep good form – most of the time.  It’s not something that just happens because of her body type.  The work that she has put in is work that other artistic gymnasts aren’t always coached to do and that’s where the deductions come from.

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