Gymnastics has come a long way since Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect 10 in 1976. It’s become faster, more technical, and more competitive. In response, the pointing and judging system has changed too. Judges have had to improve, as the differences between athletes have become smaller and subtler. It can sometimes be difficult to analyze a performance, especially after hours and hours of work.
“A judge must work for eight hours per day – does that allow the mental capacity to remain coherent? It’s not possible to maintain a coherent mind of criteria. Only the computer does,” said former International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) president Bruno Grande.
With that in mind, FIG is considering using artificial intelligence (AI) to complement (or even replace) judges. They say that this approach could ease the workload from judges and assist athletes and coaches in training.