The unfortunate news has come out recently that Liu Tingting is injured and will be unable to make it to Rio. Tan Jiaxin will be going in her place. I like both of these gymnasts but I really liked the originality that Liu Tingting had on balance beam and was hoping for a great senior debut for her. Anyway, when I went over China’s difficulty scores I had used Liu Tingting and now it’s time to update with Tan Jiaxin.
This change actually raises China’s difficulty score potential. They will be counting a huge bar routine from Tan Jiaxin but then they would have to rely on Wang Yan to hit her beam routine. It’s higher difficulty than Liu Tingting’s but it’s more inconsistent.
Now I’ve heard that Wang Yan will be doing her double twisting Tsukahara instead of her Rudi on vault for team finals. That change drops their total down to a 77.5, but I am unsure which route they’ll take this year so I’m leaving it as it is at the moment.
This difficulty total is 0.4 higher than the Americans right now. China will most likely not be as clean as the Americans throughout the team competition, but this really proves that it can potentially be a lot closer than we all thought.
The second update comes to Brazil, but not because they have replaced anyone. They showed some upgrades at a competition in the Netherlands and have upped their start values from 71.2 to 72.3, which puts them within a point of fifth ranked Japan at the moment. You can find the post with the updated information here,