The importance of FIG World Cups
Artistic gymnastics fans have been looking out for the FIG World Cup Series for weeks, if not months, and for good reason: the Series will determine a few more MAG and WAG gymnasts who will compete in the Paris Olympics in July 2024.
Since many spots have already been claimed in previous Olympic qualifying events, the World Cup Series marks one of the last chances to secure a performance on the biggest stage in sports. And with some already qualified gymnasts coming to compete, this gymnastics competition is a treat even without the Olympic factor.
However, while every gymnast, fan, coach, and judge has booked their spot in front of the TV to watch the Finals weeks in advance, there is one part of the Apparatus World Cup Series that only the live audience can witness at the competition venue: the Qualification round.
Qualification phase: The hidden side of big gymnastics competitions
The qualification phase is often overshadowed by the excitement of the World Cup Finals, partly because the Final phase gets extensive TV coverage. And sure, the Finals are probably more fun for most of the audience, especially when they’re Olympic qualifying events.
Qualification round scores and rankings are publicly available, but what the audience tends to miss is the context. Why did their favorite gymnast not qualify for the Finals? Was it a fall or a missed connection? Where did that neutral deduction come from? This crucial information, the kind that determines who we get to watch in the final round, is only available to the in-person audience.
Gymnasts who qualify often get a better score in the qualification round than in their final performance. Everybody knows nerves have a lot to do with it — but only those at the venue know where in the routine the nerves kicked in and how exactly it impacted the gymnast’s final score.
How Elevien brings World Cup Qualifications to phone screens
This year’s World Cup marks a historical moment for audiences worldwide: the Cairo qualification round will be available as a Video and Result Book in the Elevien app. Gymnastics enthusiasts will watch MAG and WAG gymnasts compete for a spot in the Finals whenever they want, with the routine recordings stored forever in Elevien.
Unlike traditional TV broadcasts of gymnastics competitions, Elevien’s approach allows spectators to delve deeper into gymnastics. Each routine video is recorded separately, D and E scores are entered using the Elevien scoring system, and the spectator sees the automatically calculated final score, complete with a breakdown into D and E scores.
This viewing experience brings gymnastics to the audience in a more accessible way than ever. The average gymnastics fan can watch, rewatch, and share just the routines they want to at their own pace, without scrolling through a 4-hour gymnastics competition stream. By doing all this from their phone, they relive every key moment as many times as they want, for free — and without fighting for the TV remote.
Elevien’s Video and Result Book feature redefines how gymnastics fans engage with the sport, offering free and convenient access. Experience the entire Cairo World Cup from home for the first time in history: follow the qualification phase right from the palm of your hand.