Here we go! The last two countries I have left to do. Both have been a gymnastics power a lot longer than some of the other countries that qualified. France has been off and on since the early 90s and the times of Ludivine Furnon and Elvire Teza. Italy really started up strong a little over a decade ago, when Maria Teresa Gargano won a European medal in 2004. They are more traditional of a gymnastics power than teams from Belgium, Great Britain, and Netherlands. Italy’s D-Scores are taken from their recent National championships as well as Europeans and a few from Worlds last year. France’s D-Scores are taken from Europeans and the Test Event.
Italy has pretty solid D-Scores across all events. Beam might be considered their standout, but they don’t particularly have a weak event here. France is relying on execution similarly to the Netherlands, but is really lacking difficulty on vault and floor to be able to rank up with the rest of the countries. Though difficulty of course isn’t everything; for example Marine Brevet just scored a 14.5 on floor at a duel meet against Romania meaning she got a 9.1 execution score so they could be in contention to make team finals if everyone hits like that but the chances of that are rare.
Later this week I’ll be posting an entire review of all the teams and how they rank with each other. In the next couple of days though, look out for a correction on China’s difficulty scores. Liu Tingting is injured and will not make it to Rio. Tan Jiaxin will be replacing her if her own elbow injury is found to be not that serious. Depending on health, this team might actually have a higher difficulty potential than the first one.