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Since the 2004 Olympics, only three gymnasts from each team compete on each piece of apparatus during team finals.

At 2004 and 2008 Olympics, each team consisted of six gymnasts hence several teams found themselves only in need of five of their gymnasts in team final.

At 2012 Olympics, each team consisted of five gymnasts who have all contributed to their teams' scores in the final.

Here are the gymnasts who literally did not contribute to their teams' winning performances.

2004 Athens Olympics

(Please note that up to five gymnasts per team were allowed to compete during qualification)

Silvia Stroescu of Romania (Gold)



Stroescu who turned senior in 2001, was the oldest member of this team. During the qualifications, she competed on vault, uneven bars and balance beam.

She had the lowest score on vault and the second lowest on uneven bars and balance beam among the Romanian gymnasts. On a side note, Stroescu was always known for being a team player. All her medals (2001 World/2004 European) were won in team finals.

She retired after the Olympics.

Related: One of The Most Underrated Olympic Balance Beam Routines By A Romanian Gymnast


Courtney McCool of USA (Silver)



McCool went to the Olympics as an all arounder. She had the third highest score on vault, second lowest score on uneven bars and floor exercise, and fifth and lowest score on balance beam among her teammates.

McCool moved on to collegiate gymnastics after the Olympics.

Related: US Courtney MCcool Performs An Olympic Floor Routine With An Incredible Clean Form.


Maria Krioutchkova of Russia (Bronze)





Despite lacking experience, Maria Krioutchkova was named to represent the Russian team at the Olympic games.

She competed on vault and floor exercise during qualification and had the lowest scores among the Russians on the two events.

She retired after the Olympics. This year, she died of an embolism just four months before her 27th birthday.

Related: Gallery: A Tribute To Late 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Maria Kryuchkova of Russia.

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Other gymnasts:

Laura Campos of Spain did not compete in team finals where her team finished in fifth place.


2008 Beijing Olympics

Samantha Peszek of USA (Silver)




Peszek had a solid performance during the pre Olympic nationals, as a result she was selected to compete in Beijing.

Unfortunately, she injured her ankle during warm-ups just minutes before the qualification and was restricted to the uneven bars which she scored a 14.800 on, the second lowest score among her the US gymnasts.

Peszeck was the second gymnast on the US team to suffer an injury just before the qualification, the first is Chellsie Memmel.

After the Olympics, she continued competing and was aiming on making the 2009 World team but pulled out due her decision of undergoing a surgery on her injured shoulder.

She later signed with UCLA. Peszeck was also a part of the 2007 World gold winning team.


Andreea Acatrinei & Andreea Grigore of Romania (Bronze)




Both gymnasts did not contribute to their team final scores. Acatrinei competed on three events at the qualification. She had the lowest scores on vault and beam but had the second highest score on floor exercise among her the Romanians.

While Grigore competed on vault and bars which she had the second lowest scores on in the Romanian team.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

Photo by Sing Lo

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