highjumpfan wrote:In the women's American athlete of the year voting, Brigetta Barrett came in 8th place, while Chaunte Lowe finished ninth, yet in the high jump rankings Lowe finished ahead of Barrett.
Has this ever happened before to two single event athletes, or is it simply a mistake somewhere?
No mistake. Two entirely different mechanisms to determine each. AOY is a vote; the Rankings are not. I'd place more value in the Rankings, since individual voters tend towards their own biases.
From the T&FN pages of the Feb 2012 issue (I don't yet have the Feb 2013 issue!!):
"The Top 10 in the U.S. are listed in a separate box, with those who are also in the World Rankings indicated by an asterisk. It is important to note that the U.S. Rankings follow the order of the World where they overlap."
So, does this mean that the Lowe-Barrett switch is WRONG??
Or, does it mean that ONLY where the names OVERLAP must they remain in order of ranking??
Meaning, that those BELOW the overlapped names can be ranked ANY WHICH WAY???