“A large group of individuals will also qualify at 2019 worlds, including the top 20 all-arounders not on qualifying teams (these spots are nominative, meaning they go to the athlete and not to the federation) as well as anyone not part of a qualifying team who wins an individual event medal for a maximum of 12 there.What if everyone who medals in apparatus finals is on a qualifying team or qualified through the all-around? Those 12 spots go back into the mix for all-arounders. For example, say the gymnast ranked 97th was the 20th to qualify for an individual spot and the gymnast ranked 98th is super sad because she missed out by a tenth. But then we go to event finals and all 12 are part of qualifying teams! Bam, that opens up another 12 spots for all-arounders, so our sad 98th-place gymnast is now thrilled.In this Olympic year, it turned out only one gymnast — Hong Un Jong — went to the Olympics through event medal qualification, so the other 11 spots held for medalists went to all-arounders, with Ailen Valente the last to qualify. But what if Larisa Iordache had medaled on beam in 2015? Only 10 extra all-around spots would’ve opened up instead of 11, and Valente would have missed qualifying.To sum it up, there are 20 guaranteed all-around spots at 2019 worlds, but there could be as many as 32 who end up qualifying through the all-around there if no one ends up qualifying as an event medalist.“
@imliterallygarbage Hi! I have a question about this section in your “Clearing Up the 2020 Confusion” article. Since all arounders like Ailen Valente qualified to the Olympics by being in the top 31 all arounders from non qualifying teams, I was wondering why Larisa Iordache wasn’t able to qualify to Rio this way since Romania didn’t qualify and she was a top 20 all arounder from a non-qualifying team then? Was the spot non-nominative then? Or were the spots only for gymnasts who were there as individuals and didn’t have teams like Ailen Valente being from Argentina where only 3 girls were sent? Thanks!