Justin Caouette endeavours to discover what are the most watched gymnasticsÂ routinesÂ on Youtube. Â His aim?
â€œLast week I was watching the 2004 US Nationals on YouTube and was puzzled by the fact that fewer than 500 people have watched most of the clips.Â Why hadnâ€™t more people watched this competition, I thought, considering it was a terrific meet (Courtney Kupetsâ€™ best-ever beam routine!) during an Olympic year? Â And considering that the clips are well-labeled, high quality, and not too recently uploaded on YouTube?Â Then another thought occurred to me: I wonder what theÂ most watchedÂ competition clips are, at least according to the popular video-sharing site.Â And more generally, what individual competitors, routines, and historical trends in gymnastics have really captured the publicâ€™s interest in a time when the popularity of a sport can be measured by the volume of mouse clicks on the Internet?
Inspired by a sudden onset of nerdiness, I devised a system for conducting my search for the most watched gymnastics routines.Â First, I created some exclusion criteria so I could get down to the raw competition goods: no blooper videos; no montages; no exhibitions.Â I also excluded video clips with multiple routines or an entire competition embedded.Â Those were interesting, for sure, but what I really wanted to know was this:Â what are the most-watched single routines in a competition format for each of the four womenâ€™s apparatus?â€
The most watched VaultsÂ Read
The most watched barsÂ Read
The most watched beamÂ Read
The Most watched FloorÂ Read
This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at The Couch Gymnast.