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The Evolution of Gymnastics Bib Numbers – An Outdated College Gymnastics Weblog

In Half I of this sequence I mentioned probably the most historic bib numbers within the historical past of ladies’s creative gymnastics (WAG) and got here up with the next examples:

29: Natalia Yurchenko
49: Vera Caslavska
165: Elena Mukhina
253: Olga Korbut
545: Natalia Yurchenko

Now, to impress a moderately ridiculous query, if followers wished to make it so, may these bib numbers be “retired” in the identical vogue iconic jersey numbers are retired in different sports activities? There are a few issues with this. First, in recent times the IOC has turn out to be obsessive about codifying its rules/requirements. The IOC has compelled among the peskiest and pickiest guidelines on varied Olympic sports activities.

The IOC has gone so far as to pressure creative gymnastics to make use of “GAR” as its three-letter identifier moderately than “GYM” as a part of an general technique to codify the outcomes sheets of each Olympic sport. For some competitions, “GAR” is required to be on each web page of each begin listing in males’s and girls’s gymnastics. The identical change was additionally compelled on the OlyMadMen database as nicely which switched to “GAR” though “GYM” has lengthy been its most well-liked selection.

With guidelines like that current, it’s not arduous to ascertain a loud and resounding “NO” being uttered from the IOC if FIG ever tried to experiment with non-sequential bib numbers. That time alone can be sufficient to kill this concept in its tracks.

One other situation is that a lot of the historic bib numbers in ladies’s gymnastics are both out of date, successfully banned, or solely worn by males. It’s arduous to “retire” bib numbers which have already been taken out of service and aren’t going to be worn in any case.

In recent times FIG and IOC have put better effort into codifying bib numbers with procedures regulating how bib numbers are assigned being extra generally enforced. Whereas these procedures have been used inconsistently within the 2000s and early 2010s, they’ve dominated the standards in all Group-1 competitions (World Championships and/or Olympics) from 2015-present.

The very confusion over whether or not Nadia wore bib quantity 073 or simply “73” finally led to a change the place each bib quantity in Group-1 competitors is now a triple digit quantity. In consequence, the bib numbers begin at both 100 or 101. This process has successfully banned Nadia’s iconic “73” from being worn once more on the Olympics and different numbers prefer it akin to Yurchenko’s “29” and Caslavska’s “49.”

The bib numbers of males’s and girls’s gymnastics are mixed, however previously few years the lads have been assigned the decrease numbers each time. For the reason that low numbers now begin at 100, and since Group-1 competitors didn’t drop under 65 opponents per self-discipline within the 2010s, in males’s gymnastics Elena Mukhina’s iconic “165” was nonetheless capable of be worn at a Group-1 stage competitors, but it surely couldn’t be worn by a WAG.

There’s one further process the place a big hole within the numerical sequence is inserted between the lads’s bib numbers and the ladies’s bib numbers. The process takes the very best bib quantity from males’s gymnastics and rounds it to the following hundredth. For instance, if the very best bib was #187, it could be rounded to an excellent “200.” From there an extra “100” can be added on prime of it, and solely then may the bib numbers for the ladies start.

On account of these procedures, on the Olympics ladies can put on a quantity no decrease than “300” whereas on the World Championships they’ll’t go under “500.” This implies Olga Korbut’s iconic “253” is at present unable to be worn by a girl in any Group-1 competitors underneath the procedures used within the final Olympic cycle.

As for the lads, it may well solely be worn on the World Championships as a result of the Olympics doesn’t have sufficient male opponents to achieve the 250s. The “253” which was a part of an iconic Olympic second, was successfully banned on the Olympic stage within the final two quads.

The one quantity talked about on this article that girls had been capable of put on in Group-1 competitors over the last Olympic cycle is Yurchenko’s “545” from the 1983 World Championships. However a few of these numbers do stay on in non-Olympic and non-World Championships competitors. On the 2021 Junior Pan-American Video games Rachel Rodriguez of Costa Rica wore the long-lasting “73.”

The final time ladies got the low bib numbers whereas males got the excessive bib numbers got here on the World Championships in 2014, 2013, and 2009. The final time double-digit bib numbers had been assigned in Group-1 competitors got here on the World Championships in 2005 and 2009. In 2005 these low double digit bib numbers went to the lads, however in 2009 they had been assigned to WAG.

In consequence, the final WAG to put on the long-lasting “73” in a Group-1 stage competitors was Greek gymnast Evgenia Zafeiraki on the 2009 World Championships. On the 2014 World Championships Olga Korbut’s 253 (worn by  Asuka Teramoto of Japan) and Elena Mukhina’s “165” (worn by Anna-Maria Kanyai of the Czech Republic) had been worn for the final time in WAG throughout Group-1 competitors. The 1996 Olympics was the final time WAGs had been assigned bibs that went underneath “300” and the ultimate occasion of any of those numbers being eligible for girls to put on on the Olympic stage.

Up to now bib numbers had been way more sporadic, take the next eight numbers:

145, 592, 52, 114, 735, 88, 485, 352

The primary 4 bib numbers belong to Emilia Eberle who represented Romania in each Group-1 competitors from 1978-1981. The final 4 numbers belong to Ecaterina Szabo who attended each Group-1 competitors from 1982-1987. If you mix their careers, Szabo and Eberle produce a full recounting of how Romanian gymnasts had been assigned bibs from 1978-1987. The numbers for Romanian gymnasts had been everywhere. Bib numbers are primarily assigned primarily based on nationality, solely then are they organized by the alphabetical order of the gymnasts’ title.

For Simone Biles, her profession bib numbers have been way more constant. Particularly following the codifying of bib numbers beginning in 2015. Simone wore 391 and 392 in two completely different Olympic appearances, whereas her World Championship bib numbers ranged from 746 to 778 on the World Championships from 2015 and onwards. Had Simone Biles not gone on hiatus through the 2017 World Championships, she would have worn bib #646 which was solely 100 spots off the vary in all different World Championships years. It’s a far cry from the Romanian gymnasts within the Chilly Conflict carrying bibs within the 100s, 300s, 400s, 500s, 700s, and double digits.

Hyperlink to Half I



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