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What Will it Take to Win a Medal?

By February 29, 2012

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Guo JingjingSo what will it take to win a medal, from a scoring perspective that is. If you look at the scores from recent world championships, world cups, and the 2008 Olympics, you can get a pretty good idea of what kind of scores it will take to win a medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

For instance, the winning score for women's 3m at the 2007 World Championships was 381.75, and the bronze medalist had 341.70. In Beijing, the Olympic gold was won with 415.35 and bronze was 389.85. At the most recent world cup, the spread was 368-315, and the 2011 World Championships had 380-365. What you can draw from looking at these recent international contests is that it will take a score of around 400 to win gold, and probably 360 to win a medal.

Now the winner in Beijing was Guo Jingjing, and since there is no one out there who could (and cannot still) compete with her, the scores will probably not hit that lofty 415 total, but will be close.

So the peruse the results from the World Championships, World Cups and the Olympics and get an idea of what it will take for the U.S. to get a medal.

Add to that the fact that we now know we will compete in all but women's synchronized platform, and you can start to look at who will be competing for a spot on the Olympic Team in June and how their scores rank with the world. And it's not necessarily world championship team members or world cup participants who will realistically compete for the spots, but divers like Bianca Alvarez and Summer Allman and some other names that you might not have heard of will have a real chance at those team spots.

Less than four months until game time. I can already feel the tension!

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