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And the award for the most outrageous judging moment of 2011 goes to…

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Jessica Lopez Bars 2011 World Championships Qualifications



D-Score: 6.1

E-Score: 7.866

Final Score: 13.966

Bars Ranking: 24th




I’d be willing to bet that Jessica, her coach, and many of her fans expected this routine would likely make the event finals the second her feet hit the ground on that solid double front dismount.  The routine had just about everything you could ask for…spectacular release skills – four to be exact – including an extremely difficult and innovative Tcatchev to Gienger going in the opposite direction, as well as some great inverted giant work (but not an excessive amount), beautiful handstands and form, and a nice clean dismount.  Wouldn’t it feel entirely right to give this routine a good old fashioned 9.7?  Where the judges found over two full points in deductions is completely inexplicable.


No offense to Aly Raisman, who is a fantastic gymnast, but the fact that this routine actually scored higher than Lopez’s is somewhat laughable:


Aly Raisman Bars 2011 World Championships Qualifications



D-Score: 5.8

E-Score: 8.2

Final Score: 14.0

Bars Ranking: 22nd


Although this was a strong routine for Aly on her weakest event, I’d say Lopez’s routine is about a full point better overall. Yet Lopez actually ended up scoring LOWER…and at the world championships no less.


That’s gymnastics judging in 2011, unfortunately.  Isn’t it time we stop this madness?



By |2017-01-09T01:04:15-04:00December 23rd, 2011|Categories: Andy's Angle, Blogs|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


  1. Anon December 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    wow.. I wish Aly would just stay away from Bars… it’s just ugly. Jessica on the other hand, should have been WAY higher than Aly. By a mile

  2. Phil December 24, 2011 at 12:52 am - Reply

    This is good exmaple of bad judging.

    Can’t they protest the scores or is that only for the D-score?

  3. Tmoney December 24, 2011 at 2:22 am - Reply

    last I checked there wasn’t one American judge on that panel. It just shows some get the breaks. But don’t tell me that a musty wasn’t overscored last year. And komova this year on floor and vault

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