The GP events are close to a conclusion. I tried to sort out how many 'clean' long programs have been done, and the findings are hardly comforting.
I define 'clean' programs as no major mistakes in key elements. No step-out, no touch-down, no fall, no pop, no planned-triple-to-double...
In ladies, there's only ONE clean performance by Yu-Na Kim at 'Cup of Russia'.
In Pairs, there were only TWO clean performances by Zhangs, Pang & Tong at TEB.
I haven't had the chance to go through men's... But this is quite pathetic and embarrassing. Kwan, Sluskaya, Lu Chen's 7 clean-triple programs are gone... Even the 'inconsistent' skater Sasha Cohen could routinely nail 6 clean triples in her program.Now, whoever can land 3 triples(ladies) at a GP event has a good chance of winning a gold.
Shen & Zhao, TT&MM's squeaky clean programs are also gone...
What's wrong with this sport?