Two thousand and fifteen was definitely a good year for non-big four countries, for three most obvious reasons …
1) Giulia Steingruber European AA champion.
2) Team NED qualifying straight to the Olympics.
3) Team GB bronze at Worlds.
… and twelve less obvious reasons:
4) Lorrane Dos Santos and Leticia Costa becoming an important part of team Brazil.
5) Lisa Top coming out on the floor with a Dos Santos and a front handspring double front.
6) Sae Miyakawa competing more difficult tumbling passes than Simone.
7) Ana Sofia Gomez qualifying 3rd at Pan Ams with a score of 57.200 and winning bronze on FX.
8) Dorina Boczogo, the Wevers sisters, Hong Un Jong, Marta Pihan-Kulesza, Jessica Lopez, Daniele Hypolito, Vasiliki Millousi, Lisa Mason and – of course – Chuso showing everyone how to continue your badass gymnastics career at 23+.
9) Katja Serrer from Namibia turning up to Worlds with the most interesting bar routine. Despite a 3.0 D-score, she gave it her everything and in doing so, reminded us couch gymnasts how hard the sport of gymnastics actually is.
10) Gems like Rifda Irfanaluthfi from Indonesia revealing themselves.
11) Maggie Nichols coming in first after Simone at US Nationals and proving her AA worth in Glasgow, topped off with an individual world medal. No biggie.
12) Boglarka Devai scoring 14.858 for a fantastic new DTY.
13) Tea Ugrin claiming the national title and evolving into one of the steadiest Italian AA’ers.
14) Dipa Karmakar and Alexa Moreno making vault finals.
15) the Belgian last-year juniors starting to throw big skills and win medals everywhere.