I believe that an Olympic Champion should be able to go out and hit a routine on basically any given day, including apparatus finals. In other words, consistent. I understand that things happen, and there’s nerves and pressure and it’s a different atmosphere, etc, but here’s some statistical evidence to support my idea.
1984 AA Champ Mary Lou Retten: Vault - Silver; Bars - Bronze; Beam - 4th (by .100); Floor - Bronze
1988 AA Champ Elena Shushnova: Vault - 8th; Bars - Bronze; Beam - Silver; Floor - 7th
1992 AA Champ Tatiana Gutsu: Bars - Silver; Floor - Bronze
1996 AA Champ Lilia Podkopayeva: Bars - 5th (Less than .100 off of Gold); Beam - Silver; Floor - Gold
2000 AA Champ Andrea Raducan (stripped of medal): Vault - Silver; Floor - 6th
2000 AA Champ Simona Amanar: Vault - 6th; Floor - Bronze
2004 AA Champ Carly Patterson: Beam - Silver
2008 AA Champ Nastia Liukin: Bars - Silver; Beam - Silver; Floor - Bronze
2012 AA Champ Gabrielle Douglas: Bars - 8th (1.233 from Gold); Beam - 7th (1.967 from Gold)
So obviously there are some that are “exceptions” to the rule, but you see what I’m saying. I only went back to Mary Lou because I figured that would get the point across, and if you look, there was not an AA Champ between the two that did not medal in at least one of their apparatus finals. Until Gabby.
She may be “inconsistent” according to this history; but you wanna know what she also is? London Olympics 2012’s All-Around Women’s Gymnastics Champion. On that day of the competition, she was the mostconsistentover your faves - this after carrying the US Women’s team both nights of competition, being the only one to perform on all four apparatuses, and being the only one whose scores counted for each event in the Team Finals. So, yeah, ask her which medals she’d rather have. I think she accomplished every goal she’d set to achieve and more.
And this was her first Olympics. She’s going places like it or not.