With the way the words arm flailing are being thrown around here, if some people call Plushenko an arm flailer, then Lambiel must be one of the top arm flailers.
And for me, I certainly don’t consider Lambiel an arm flailer, and neither is Plushenko. There are many arm flailers out there, but Evgeni is not IMO. Both Lambiel’s and Plushenko’s arm movements are well balanced, energetic, and fit with the music.
And pose is part of artistry, like form, position, body line and stretch. I was watching Skate Canada 2006 recently and thought Tomas Verner ‘s FP in it was not so different from Tomas’ this season’s FP. Less choreography, and almost just crossing over around the rink except for straight line step sequence. And his PCS at that time was 60. Now this season he was getting 76 ( ? ) at COR with almost similar choreography. I think it’s because of reputation.
I think Plushenko’s PCS had reputation, and so do many other top skaters get reputation eventually, after they achieve a certain amount of success.
It’s just a matter of agreeing with the judges or not. IMO.