Atlanta 1996It makes sense that USA gymnastics had their best Olympics to date. The US took 2 golds, including their first team gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. The Mag 7 had the second highest medal haul behind Romania. But then four years later, they won 1 medal, team bronze, 10 years later after it was determined that Dong Fangxiao was underage. The 2000 Olympics were the worst Olympics for the United States recently, coming off of the best Olympics up until that point.
Sydney 2000Although Australia isn't a gymnastics power-house, they were growing their program in anticipation from the Sydney Games. They qualified in 7th place, which would've qualified the team to the team final should it have been known that Dong Fangxiao was underage. In 2004, the Australian girls qualified into the team final, finishing 8th, setting the girls up for a 6th place finish in 2008.
Athens 2004Greece, which does not have a large WAG program, qualified 2 female gymnasts into the 2004 competition, with Stefani Bismpikou qualifying into the All Around final, finishing 15. In 2008, no Greece gymnasts qualified to a final, with only Greek gymnast qualifying to the games.
Beijing 2008Going into Beijing, the Chinese team was the heavy favorites, having superior difficulty and execution than the Americans. They lived up to the hype and became China's first Olympic Team Champions. After a "rebuilding" quad, many had low expectations. They finished a disappointing fourth place, which resulted the team to tears.
In short, with the exception with the 2004 Australian team, programs put so much emphasis on peaking in the year of the home Olympiad, which causes a disastrous next Olympics.
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