2017’s Best Scores: April Update

Our best scores database is growing, and with several huge competitions happening in April — including Jesolo, the London World Cup, and last weekend’s European Championships — we’re excited to look at the updates to the gymnasts topping the charts so far in 2017. 44 competitions are now out of the way and we have 2745 score entries in our database, so let’s check in once again.

Below, find a list of the top all-around and event scores thus far, as well as the top D scores for each event. An asterisk (*) next to the name denotes a junior competitor. I’ve included juniors in all lists except for the best vault averages, because juniors use modified rules that allow them to compete two vaults from the same family. I’ve also removed bonus from all domestic meets to keep things consistent.

For full lists of all scores this year, and to follow along between our monthly best score posts, check out our top scores spreadsheet. We update this religiously, after every single meet, so feel free to play around over there, sort the columns, whatever you feel like doing.

As a reminder, this is just a fun way to track the top range of scores in the all-around and on each event. Obviously every meet is scored at a different standard and it’s impossible to compare from meet to meet, but calm down — it’s nothing serious. We’re not predicting the next Olympic champion or electing the next leader of the free world. It’s just easier this way to see a range of scores that could be the goal gymnasts will be trying to reach at bigger international competitions.

Best All-Around Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Gabby Perea* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 57.225
2 Maile O’Keefe* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.900
3 Riley McCusker United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.600
4 Mai Murakami Japan Japanese Championships AA 56.450
5 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik International Games 56.350
6 Emma Malabuyo* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.275
7 Zsofia Kovacs Hungary Elek Matolay Memorial AA 56.202
8 Ellie Downie Great Britain European Championships QF 56.198
9 Ragan Smith United States American Cup 56.099
10 Rebeca Andrade Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy AA 56.000
11 Adeline Kenlin* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.900
12 Abby Paulson United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.800
13 Ana Paduariu* Canada City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.750
Elena Eremina Russia City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.750
15 Giorgia Villa* Italy International Gymnix AA 55.502
16 Asuka Teramoto Japan Japanese Championships QF 55.450
17 Flavia Saraiva Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy AA 55.400
18 Ksenia Klimenko* Russia Russian Junior Championships AA 55.129
19 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France European Championships AA 55.065
20 Tabea Alt Germany European Championships QF 54.866
21 Angelina Melnikova Russia City of Jesolo Trophy AA 54.800
22 Natalia Kapitonova Russia Russian Championships AA 54.799
23 Hitomi Hatakeda Japan International Gymnix AA 54.635
24 Daria Spiridonova Russia Reykjavik International Games 54.600
25 Victoria Nguyen United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 54.550

Best Single Vault Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Rebeca Andrade Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.000
Sae Miyakawa Japan Japanese Championships AA 15.000
3 Ellie Downie Great Britain British Championships EF 14.950
4 Mai Murakami Japan Japanese Championships AA 14.800
5 Emma Malabuyo* United States International Gymnix AA 14.767
6 Margzetta Frazier United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 14.750
7 Giorgia Villa* Italy International Gymnix AA 14.734
8 Wang Yan China Doha World Cup QF 14.733
9 Morgan Hurd United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 14.700
Shallon Olsen Canada Elite Canada AA 14.700
Gabby Perea* United States City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.700

Best Two-Vault Average Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Wang Yan China Doha World Cup QF 14.566
2 Shallon Olsen Canada City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.500
3 Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan International Gymnix EF 14.475
4 Coline Devillard France European Championships EF 14.466
5 Ellie Downie Great Britain European Championships QF 14.433
6 Maria Paseka Russia European Championships QF 14.412
7 Boglarka Devai Hungary European Championships EF 14.316
8 Tisha Volleman Netherlands European Championships EF 14.250
9 Seda Tutkhalyan Russia Russian Championships EF 14.233
10 Teja Belak Slovenia European Championships QF 14.216

Best Uneven Bars Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Riley McCusker United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.050
Gabby Perea* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 15.050
3 Elena Eremina Russia City of Jesolo Trophy AA 14.850
4 Ashton Locklear United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 14.750
5 Zsofia Kovacs Hungary Elek Matolay Memorial AA 14.734
6 Daria Skrypnik Russia Russian Championships QF 14.733
7 Natalia Kapitonova Russia Russian Championships EF 14.700
Daria Spiridonova Russia Russian Championships EF 14.700
9 Elisa Iorio* Italy City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.650
Maile O’Keefe* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 14.650

Best Balance Beam Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik International Games 14.850
2 Liu Tingting China Melbourne World Cup EF 14.766
3 Ana Padurariu* Canada Elite Canada EF 14.675
4 Gabby Perea* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 14.650
5 Maile O’Keefe* United States International Gymnix AA 14.600
6 Larisa Iordache Romania European Championships QF 14.566
Catalina Ponor Romania European Championships EF 14.566
8 Sanne Wevers Netherlands Melbourne World Cup EF 14.500
9 Laurie-Lou Vezina Canada Nadia Comaneci Invitational 14.400
10 Luo Huan China Melbourne World Cup QF 14.366

Best Floor Exercise Scores

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Score
1 Mai Murakami Japan Japanese Championships QF 14.250
2 Emma Malabuyo* United States City of Jesolo Trophy EF 14.100
Angelina Melnikova Russia European Championships EF 14.100
4 Ellie Downie Great Britain European Championships EF 14.066
5 Sydney Johnson-Scharpf United States Reykjavik International Games 14.050
6 Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands Reykjavik International Games 14.000
Claudia Fragapane Great Britain English Championships 14.000
Ragan Smith United States American Cup 14.000
9 Flavia Saraiva Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy EF 13.900
Abby Paulson United States City of Jesolo Trophy EF 13.900
Giorgia Villa* Italy 1st Italian Serie A 13.900

Best Two-Vault Difficulty Combination

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Wang Yan China Doha World Cup QF 11.4
2 Coline Devillard France European Championships EF 11.2
3 Maria Paseka Russia European Championships EF 11.0
4 Shallon Olsen Canada City of Jesolo Trophy EF 10.8
5 Angelina Melnikova Russia European Championships EF 10.6
Ellie Downie Great Britain European Championships EF 10.6
Seda Tutkhalyan Russia Russian Championships EF 10.6
Boglarka Devai Hungary European Championships EF 10.6
Oksana Chusovitina Uzbekistan Doha World Cup EF 10.6
Alla Sosnitskaya Russia Russian Championships EF 10.6
Tisha Volleman Netherlands European Championships EF 10.6

Best Uneven Bars Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Riley McCusker United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.2
Natalia Kapitonova Russia Russian Championships EF 6.2
3 Angelina Melnikova Russia Stuttgart World Cup 6.1
Lyu Jiaqi China WOGA Classic 6.1
Shang Chunsong China Baku World Cup QF 6.1
Nina Derwael Belgium European Championships EF 6.1
Elena Eremina Russia European Championships QF 6.1
Becky Downie Great Britain European Championships QF 6.1
Elisabeth Seitz Germany European Championships QF 6.1
Natalia Kapitonova Russia European Championships AA 6.1

Best Balance Beam Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Liu Tingting China Melbourne World Cup QF 6.2
Larisa Iordache Romania European Championships QF 6.2
Catalina Ponor Romania European Championships EF 6.2
4 Gabby Perea* United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.1
Tabea Alt Germany Stuttgart World Cup 6.1
Maile O’Keefe* United States International Gymnix AA 6.1
Thais Fidelis Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.1
Victoria Nguyen United States City of Jesolo Trophy EF 6.1
9 Amy Tinkler Great Britain American Cup 6.0
Flavia Saraiva Brazil City of Jesolo Trophy AA 6.0
Sanne Wevers Netherlands Melbourne World Cup EF 6.0

Best Floor Exercise Difficulty

Rank Athlete Nation Meet Total
1 Ragan Smith United States American Cup 5.6
Trinity Thomas United States City of Jesolo Trophy AA 5.6
2 Angelina Melnikova Russia European Championships QF 5.5
Laney Madsen United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 5.5
Eythora Thorsdottir Netherlands European Championships EF 5.5
Sunisa Lee* United States Brestyan’s National Qualifier 5.5
Shallon Olsen Canada International Gymnix AA 5.5
Ellie Downie Great Britain European Championships AA 5.5
Claudia Fragapane Great Britain European Championships EF 5.5
Emma Malabuyo* United States City of Jesolo Trophy EF 5.5
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16 thoughts on “2017’s Best Scores: April Update

  1. Incredibly helpful, thanks – particularly as we’re all getting familiar with the new CoP and trying to recalibrate our understandings of what a good score is.

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    • Thank you! People always complain when I put something like this up because it’s “not fair that Americans have high scores from [insert competition here]” and I’m like calm down, it’s really not that serious?! And most people like to see the scores arranged in some kind of order to see how everything’s looking in a given year. Like, now we know the best bar workers are all around 6.1-6.2 in D and aiming for like a 14.5+ total score if they want to medal at worlds. It’s a good way to approximate things like that to get a better idea of what’s “good” and what’s not so good. I’m glad you think so too!

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  2. Is it possible that next year’s team of the USA solely consists of first-year seniors and one other? I don’t see a way around O’Keefe, Malabuyo and Perea.

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    • Most likely, yeah! But a couple of this year’s new seniors do have promise so we could always see some of them — like Morgan, Jordan, or Riley especially — really grow into their difficulty and end up being solid competitors. They have what it takes to match Perea and O’Keefe but just seem to struggle a bit more.

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    • If McCusker continues to progress she’ll probably surpass at least one of those juniors. Hurd is capable of much more than she’s shown. Hurd also has all the difficulty, if she focuses on cleaning up what she already has, she’ll probably be the best in the US. Smith could make waves, but I doubt her ability to stay strong throughout an entire season, to me it looks like the Texas Dreams girls tend to start out with a bang and go downward as the season goes on. Malabuyos best meet last season was Gymnix and then her scores went downward at domestic meets. The same with Ragen at Pac Rims. If Locklear gets her 2016 level bar routine back, I could see Liukin putting her in as a specialist. And I’m sure we’ll get a surprise from one of the seniors from this year or incoming seniors for next year. We won’t see all of the main competitors until classics, and we typically don’t see them at full strength until nationals.

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      • I actually don’t see that much potential in McCusker. Don’t get me wrong, she’s incredibly clean, a hard worker but I think Morgan for example has a tad more talent and brings all of the above, too. I have seen her throwing a Moors, it’s incredible! McCusker will be on the National Team, no doubt, but I think next year she’s gonna have a hard time making world champs. This year I’m 100% sure she’s going 🙂
        For Locklear, I don’t really know. The specialist spot really favors her and I would love her to have a run at Toyko 2020. But there a a couple girls up-and-coming who could have really strong (medal worthy) bar routines as well, so we’ll see. The US improves on bars.

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  3. I love Simone, but worlds will be so much more exciting and nerve racking to watch without her there. (I’m assuming she won’t be doing a comeback by then). Don’t get me wrong, she deserved every medal she got, I loved watching her and I can’t wait to see her come back if she chooses to, but knowing that she most likely would win AA and a couple of event medals kind of took some of the excitement away.

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    • YUP. She was fabulous and watching her do what she did was amazing, but this will be a different kind of amazing without her around because it just adds to the excitement of a competition. Last quad it was like, let’s get excited about who could win silver! hahaha

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        • I’m going to watch worlds live. This is (proabably) going to be the first time in five years where I could watch a major competition that’s literally a nail biter. I know this sounds horrible but I almost don’t want Simone to come back just so I could actually get excited for Tokyo. I’m not kidding when I say that Rio was one of the most boring competitions for gymnastics. I mean the only outcomes that weren’t 100% obvious going into the games was Mustafina on bars and Wevers on beam. Everything else was to be expected. Besides, Biles achieved enough already, and I’ve become so accustomed to her ability that I really am just not that impressed anymore.

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        • The only thing that would make it interesting with Biles’ return would be if she chooses to actually compete routines she’s capable off. (It’s been rumored that she’s throwing lots of more difficult skills on a regular basis in training but just didn’t compete them because she didn’t need to and was kinda playing it safe) Yeah, her routines were downgraded haha lol wow.

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        • Yeah I’ve seen them, like her double back on vault, double double off bars and beam, Moors on floor, it really goes on and on. But once i see her doing those things for a while, I get desensitized to a point where whatever she does doesn’t impress me.

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  4. Where can one find footage of Jesolo this year? It’s like it never happened!! I didn’t even know that Russia sent gymnasts to Jesolo, no wonder their gymnasts look so tired

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