I get the funny feeling that with this newer generation, the 3-3 will re-surface...
Not sure about the other skaters, but Mao Asada has a beautiful 3Lu-3Lo in her SP of last season. In the long though, all her combinations are in the end, and the combinations aren't toe-loops, they're loops. If she can up her TES points like that and still maintain good health, then more power to her I say.
I don't think the CoP so much discourages 3/3 as it does encourage "playing the system." In the past it a lot of skaters used the 3/3 as a way to boost thier scores if they felt they were behind other skaters either technically or artistically. It was really the only concrete way to get results. Now they can play the system to get points. A change of position here or tacking on a double loop there all add up without the risk of a 3/3.
While there has been a decline in 3/3s practically everyone is doing a 3 jump combo which prior to the CoP was almost never done Its less risky and gives similar results.
As far as the younger crop goes I think we'll see more 3/3's from them simply because they were perfecting them before CoP in order to compete with the veternans once they reached senior ranks.
The way I see it, under 6.0 the 3/3 in most cases was used as a technical booster, while under CoP its just another element you put in the program if its something you can do well. Its funny because Jumps used to be put in only if you could do them well, while with things like sprials and spins the skaters just did what they did well. Now its completely reversed and we are basically just seeing the jumps skaters do best, but they will attempt all sorts of sprials and spins regardless of how well they do them.
Remember, Irina has a very serious chronic illness. She can push herself just so far, and then there are problems. I think that by the time Torino came around this year, Irina was simply not capable of doing the 3/3s that she once had been able to do so easily. Just the stress of the Olympic season had already started to wear her down before she even got to Torino.
Also, Irina does not feel confident of her 3/3s when she is under pressure. She was able to rip off the 3/3s in the 2004-2005 GPs where both Sasha and Michelle were absent, Shizuka was off her game, and Irina had no real competition. She was able to do a 3/3 at CoR this season because her toughest opponent was Miki Ando. But there was no 3/3 at CoC where she faced Mao Asada for the first time, and no 3/3 at the GPF. It is not surprising at all that she had planned no 3/3 for Torino.
The only problem is, if she puts a 3/3/3 in her program, that doesn't really help her as much as it should because of Zayak restrictions. You have to scale back some of your other jumping passes (like maybe do two double Axels) later in the program.
A 3-3-3 could be a powerful tool for skaters. It allows them to do an extra double axle and that 3.3 points is a HUGE boost.
However, I think double axles should fall under the Zayak rule. Still, you could work the system by putting one of the Axels in combo. Let's pretend Shizuka really did that 3-3-3 and her program became thus:
Huge amount of points there. Although for her particular program I would almost prefer just a regular 3-3 and then the usual 3Sal/2Toe/2Loop at the end because that jump combination is so much more impressive coming out of her gorgeous Ina Bauer and creates an amazing climax for the performance.
Last edited by Zuranthium; 08-22-2006 at 10:52 PM.