Repeal the two gymnast per country rule in the Olympic gymnastics finals
  • Petitioned IOC President Jacques Rogge and FIG Secretary General Andre Gueisbuhler

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IOC President Jacques Rogge and FIG Secretary General Andre Gueisbuhler

Repeal the two gymnast per country rule in the Olympic gymnastics finals

    1. Aaron Watkins
    2. Petition by

      Aaron Watkins

      Sacramento, CA

On July 29th, 2012 during the pre-qualifying rounds of the women's gymnastics competition in the 30th Summer Olympic Games, United States gymnast and defending World Champion Jordyn Wieber was eliminated from participating in the women's all around finals to compete for the gold medal. What is shocking is that Jordyn was not eliminated for low scores, a disqualification, or an injury. Jordyn Wieber, who had the fourth best score in the preliminaries, was eliminated due to a rule created in 2004 that limits participation in the all around finals to only two competitors per country despite their ability.

Wieber is not the first highly qualified athlete to fall victim to this rule. Bridget Sloan, Deng Linlin, Ksenia Afanasyeva, AnaMaria Tamirjan, Mohini Bhardwaj, Yelena Zamolodchikova and Alona Kvasha all have been stripped of the chance to prove their skills simply because there were other members on their team that had a better day.

The Olympic Games is the top sporting competition in the world, and should highlight the very best in the world, regardless of what country that athlete is from. The gold, silver and bronze medals in each sport are global symbols that state loudly to the rest of the world - "I was one of the best three people in the entire world at my sport".

This rule tarnishes the Olympic medals of competitors from around the world. With this rule in place the winner of the bronze medal may not be the third best athlete, they may be fourth, fifth, or even lower on the global scale.

We ask that the International Gymnastics Federation and the International Olympic Committee change the rule to allow the best 24 athletes, no matter what country they are from, to compete for medals and prove themselves on the world stage.

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Will this effect the 2012 Olympics? No - but that's not the point.

      Aaron Watkins
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to let everyone know - we are fully aware that this will not change anything for THIS Olympics. The hope here is that we can help guide the future of the sport in such a way that heartbreaks like this never happen again to the worlds best athletes that do not deserve to be eliminated.

    3. Reached 25 signatures

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    • David Misraje REDONDO BEACH, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I think anyone who qualifies should be able to compete. This rule isn't fair.

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    • Sop Jo DENVER, CO
      • about 2 years ago

      Jordyn Wieber

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    • Madeline Morycz PITTSBURGH, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      The best gymnasts in the world should. Have a chance to do what they can. It's not unfair if every country doesn't get a chance if they're gymnasts aren't as talented.

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    • Melanie Gordon PLEASANT GAP, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      The best of the best should get to compete, no matter their nationality. The two per team rule eliminates women who could be contending for the podium, and as a fan I don't want to see #23 and 24 who are many points under while a woman who would have been in the top 5

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    • Sarah Zeiner CORALVILLE, IA
      • about 2 years ago

      Ridiculous rule that takes out the beauty of real competition. Change it!

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