I’ll preface this ramble with a statement that I really don’t see this kind of negativity often, but I know I have seen it before.
I hate how the year after the Olympics almost feels like a cheap shot for a medal at Worlds because of the lack of a team competition and the lack of full strength from many powerhouses. I’m guilty of feeling this way myself, but it’s an association I’m trying to change.
I know I saw, years ago, an argument that Lauren Mitchell wouldn’t have won her silver medals in 2009 had the powerhouses like USA and Russia been at absolute top strength, but… USA pretty much was! And honestly, even if it was a low strength low attended Worlds (not sure if it actually was, I don’t know the numbers), it doesn’t cheapen anything. Look at Beth Tweddle. Lauren Mitchell. You COULD argue that they might not have won medals, but it’s not about the fact that someone else might have had the ability to win them… it’s the fact that it gave them the confidence and resurgence in themselves. Look at where they ended up! Beth became an Olympic medallist on bars, Lauren became World champion and Olympic finalist on floor!
Not sure where I was going with this, and there were probably a million better examples, but there. My point (I think) is that this year feels weak so far, it feels like the world is lacking depth, so yes, say Ellie Black does make the AA podium, yes, that probably wouldn’t happen the year before the Games. The point is, whatever results happen this year, no matter how far fetched they would be in a team year or pre Olympic year… think about where those far fetched results could end up :D
This just popped into my head and I had to ramble it out, doesn’t make a whole ton of sense but I hope it makes SOME