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There is no true constant against which all gymnastic scores can truly be judged, because each meet essentially takes place in a vacuum (with the one exception being Nadia's perfect 10, and I suspect that that routine will remain the exception)

Nadia's 10 was partly the result of giving previous competitors very high scores. There had already been awarded a 9.9, in the days before multiple decimal point scores. Since Nadia was better, they had to give her a 10, even if it was not perfect (although it was pretty darn close).

Mary Lou Retton also scored 10s in the vault.


David
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