Because of a rule, in place at the Olympics since 2004, that limits each country to only two competitors among the 24 competing in the all-around final. In Wieber?s place will be the likes of Ashleigh Brennan from Australia, who finished nearly six points behind the reigning world champion. Wieber?s coach John Geddert called it an ?injustice.? Gymnastics coach/analyst/cheerleader Bela Karolyi agreed, telling NBC?s Bob Costas that it was ?absolutely unacceptable.? ?This is the all-around final,? Karolyi said. ?The first 24 should be in the competition, nobody else.?
The Olympic rule is that only 2 competitors from each country can compete in the all-around final. Thus, Jordyn Weiber was knocked out of the all-around competition.
Many people believe this is an injustice. Others believe this is fair because there are some countries that dominate a sport to such a degree that other countries have no chance. Why should a country send an athlete to a competition they have no chance of winning?
What do you think? Is the 2 per country rule a fair way to give the best from each country a chance or should it be the best in the world even if that means one country will win all three medals?