I wonder what it feels like, to be assigned Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh Jennings in the beach volleyball pools. Utter resignation? Hope that you’ll finally break their streak? Fangirling?
Parity is a long game. It doesn’t show up right away-and it isn’t expected to. It shows up in 8 or 12 or 16 years from now when a Big Four (USA/China/Russia/Romania) finishes fifth in an Olympic Team final or doesn’t even qualify for TFs, when a gymnast who is not from the Big Four excels in the AA or when a gymnast wins an individual medal and helps to popularize the sport in their home country.
Since 1972, the WAG AA champions have been: Soviet, Romanian (Nadia), Soviet (Davydova), Soviet (Shushonova)*, Unified Team (Gutsu), Ukrainian (Podkopayeva, who was trained by the Soviet system), Romanian, USA (Patterson), USA (Nastia). This is not a good thing for the sport.
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