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FIG Abandons New Vault Scoring System
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The International Gymnastics Federation has abandoned the new vault scoring rules just put into effect in January, reportedly notifying FIG judges today of the change. Pictured: Oksana Chusovitina (Uzbekistan)

The International Gymnastics Federation has abandoned the new vault scoring rules just put into effect in January, reportedly notifying FIG judges today of the change.

Gymnasts competing in vault qualifications and finals will again be ranked based on the average of their two individual vault scores, the straightforward system in place until 2013. Under the recently discarded system, the vault score was calculated by averaging the two Difficulty scores, adding that to 10.0 minus the Execution deductions for both vaults, then subtracting any neutral deductions.

The revoked system gave more weight to the Execution deductions and would have made it less likely for gymnasts who fall to receive medals in world and Olympic finals. If the revised vault scoring had been used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, vault silver medalist McKayla Maroney, who fell on her second vault, would have been fourth.

The new vault formula was used last weekend at the FIG World Cup in France, but judges reverted to the previous system at the World Challenger Cup currently going on in Cottbus.

What do you think of the change? Which vault system do you think more accurately ranks the vaulters?

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