I know I'm not the only one who is tired of two-per-country: the rule that states that only two gymnasts from each nation can qualify into the all-around and event finals. I'd like to see the best of the best, even if fewer countries are represented in finals.
At the 2011 worlds, for example, American Gabrielle Douglas was fifth all-around in prelims, but did not advance to the finals because Jordyn Wieber and Alexandra Raisman were second and fourth, respectively. Sabrina Vega was ninth, and of course didn't qualify either.
Until 2004, three gymnasts per country could qualify into the finals (and two per event), which was at least a little better, but I'd argue that every gymnast who makes the general cut-off (top 24 for all-around, top 8 for event finals) should qualify in regardless of country.
Why? Starting in London, there will only be five members on a team, and only four gymnasts will compete on each event in prelims. So, it could never be more than four gymnasts from the same country in one final. Even if all four of the top countries competed only all-arounders (which would be highly unlikely), that still only takes up 16 slots in the all-around finals.
I want to see gymnasts like Douglas and Vega in the finals -- it would make those meets more competitive, and, in the end, we're not talking about adding that many more gymnasts. Plenty of other countries would still qualify gymnasts into finals.
What do you think?