The execution score is mostly deductions out of a 10.0 start. Though the deductions are specific, they do have a range. Slightly separated legs might be a .1 deduction, but really bad leg separation might be a .3. Badly bent arms might be a .5. There is a deduction for very poor artistry, i.e. lack of choreography or movement quality, of up to .3. Also, there are composition deductions for things like uneven distribution of difficult elements throughout the routine.
Thanks so much for the information, MoonlightSkater.
Ladies' gymnastics has changed radically. It seems like the present scoring system both reflects and drives this change.
Janetfan posted this performance by 14-year-old Dominque Moceano in 1996. Sort of the culmination of the trend that started with Olga Korbut.
We will never see that sort of cutesy dancy routine again -- it does not score enough points.
I suppose it was sexist and unsporty back in the day to applaud little girls for being cutsey-wootsy while judging the boys on how steady they can hold their iron cross on the rings. I think the audience has matured along with the sport. Now we expect and appreciate strength and difficulty from the ladies, too.
The charm and beautiful expression Olga brought to gymnastics was perhaps the single greatest influence on (women's) gymnastics in USA. Olga's impact was so great she became one of the few athletes that actually transcended her sport.
BTW, if you listen to the commentary during Moceanu's floor routine you will hear "and another Russian just fell off the beam."
Khorkina was not exaggerating when she said the crowd noise was so loud in Atlanta it was blowing girls off the beam.
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Here is a clip about the Netherlands team that won the first Olympic gold medal in women's gymnastics, competing in synchronized floor calisthenics in 1932. (The actual competitive team is the eight ladies exercising together in at the end of the clip. The first segment is an exhibition by a larger team and the middle part shows the men's vault. (Evidently they sent their best vaulter first so that he could stand there and catch the others if they fell. )
I apologize if this has been posted somewhere else but IOC has updated all their London 2012 Olympic videos on their youtube page.
All Artistic and Rhythmic gymnastic (some with BBC commentary) videos as well as other sports should be found here.
All sports: http://www.youtube.com/user/olympic/videos?view=1
Rhythmic: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...3&feature=plcp final: http://www.youtube.com/user/olympic?v=y-nyuuqmfVo
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