Deleted member D3987
NO we are not getting the best if the girls who could score the very best are sitting at home. We get a skim off the top of "the best" and a whole lot of "pretty good", a slice of "good", a pinch of "okay" and a whole handful of "not so good" compared to the rest.
It will give a relatively reasonable representation of the gym map of the world, but you will not see "the best gymnasts in the world". Many L10's in the US are better than many elites from some parts of the world, which is why some girls who cannot possibly compete for the US, compete for other countries.
Cutting down the numbers even further means we see less of the very best and many more of the good. But I guess that is the olympic spirit. When people say to your very good L10, "Can't wait to see you at the Olympics"". It is pretty hard to explain that your kid doesn't have a chance in H.ELL, because they see girls competing at the O's who are not anywhere near as good as your dd.
The Olympic dream is no longer a real thing for US gymnasts, there are just way too many awesome girls in the talent pool. Even Qualifying elite means nothing, rare that those girls compete internationally, let alone at worlds or the O's.
Grandi killed the dream and took the beauty out of gymnastics.
actually, i wish i could hit 50 "likes" on this one.