Gymnastics is a subjective sport, and as such anything can happen.
The judges more than likely already know which team they believe deserves the win, but it’s not that easy.
Step out of bounds? Deduction. Forget to salute the head judge? Deduction and they’ll carry the slight for the remainder of the day. Fall? Big deduction. Coach touches a gymnast in flight? “Oh crap!,” deduction. Bad toe point? Deduction after deduction after deduction.
Any individual or team as a whole can have a bad day. With today’s tight scores where every 100th of a point may matter, judges are brutal in their scrutiny, particularly at this competition.
The women’s judges can ill afford a controversy such as the Olympic men experienced this week. They must get it right or suffer the slings and arrows of angry international fans.
What’s the moral of this story? Salute the judge, point your toes and please stay on the equipment.