To start off the conversation, let's look at this tweet from Uncle Tim:
USA's dominance just keeps growing. While it doesn't make for very intense international competitions, what I love about it is the extreme depth in the US. I think it's really fun that there are so many different team combinations. I love the challenge of putting the team puzzle together and seeing who fits where.
But what does this growing dominance really mean? Even at the smallest margin of 4.082 points in 2011, the US is clearly way ahead of the competition. The US has proven, year after year, that they can hit under pressure, when it counts. What I think is interesting is the increase in lead this year compared to 2011 and 2012. The 2011 and 2012 wins make a lot of sense to me. The 2011 Worlds team was 4/5 of the Olympic team, and out of those four, only Raisman was on the team in 2010. So, it makes sense that they'd take a huge leap ahead when the future Olympic team starts competing and gearing up for 2012. Same idea for 2012 - it's almost exactly the same team as 2011, but slightly improved by adding Kyla, so it makes sense that their lead increases.
|Kocian, UB, Team Finals|
What I think is really exciting is the big jump ahead this year. Even in a traditionally slow mid-quad year, Team USA is dominant. The US hasn't backed down. The 2014 team, minus Simone and Kyla, is incredibly inexperienced. But they still hit. Honestly, the US is just getting better. This team now has a lot more international experience, and they'll continue to improve. Meanwhile, we have juniors that will be old enough to compete soon as well. The US just isn't taking a break. It'll be really hard for any other countries to catch up, because the US is just getting better. This year will probably be the weakest of the quad for the US, but they still won by 6.693 points.
Team USA's dominance is unbelievably impressive. The semi-centralized system is clearly working, and the US just keep getting stronger. I'm incredibly excited by how well the team did in Team Finals this year, and I'm even more excited to see them work to continue this trend in the future.