I though that Rachael and also Christina Gao put on an exhibition of straight backward landing edges. Skaters that get a lot of underrotatons called on them tend to land all their jumps a few degrees short.
In Mirai;s case, I could see the underroations myself, but she does tempt fate (and an unsympathetic tech specialist) on most of her jumps. If she could take advantage of the spring and height that she gets on her jumps to get those extra few degrees of rotation, then she wouldn't put her scores in the hands of the skater gods (and we wouldn't have anything to argue about )
Internationally, Rachael does not get much of a GOE boost on her non-jump elements, but she has the levels. As for PCSs, it is amazing how a strong seven-triple performance with a triple-triple boosts the choreography and interpretation scores.
Both of our ladies have a good shot at top six in Vancouver.
A Lutz off the wrong edge is not a Lutz. Why should it get any points at all?
If you fall on a jump, that jump was not successfully completed. It should get 0 points (and -1 for the fall).
But the CoP does not do that. Instead, it gives out graded penalties for the severity of the error. "e" or "!" or anywhere from -3 to -1 GOE on a flutz, for instance.
So I think the "degree to which it disrupts the program" is quite a valid way of going aboput determining which errors are worse than others.
Did she think it deserved extra points because it looked good, or did she think it deserved extra points because it was a difficult variation?I was watching Caroline skate once with a friend and my friend asked if her difficult variation (read mule kick) gained more points. Because she thought the mule kick looked good, should it not be granted - GOE??
The CoP is full of opportunities to get extra points with difficult but ugly variations.
Earlier, it was mentioned that Mirai is pretty, etc........
I want to say that I think Miki is one of the prettiest skaters I have ever seen.
I prefer Akiko's skating over Miki this season and think Akiko beat Miki at the GPF just like she beat her at Japanese Natls.
I am not favoring Mirai because I think she is pretty but because I think her skating is beautiful and superior to Flatt.
I also can't help but love the great spirit and joy Mirai brings to the ice. It is natural as opposed to so many others showing us choreographed smiles and fake dramtic expressions.
I'm just happy that Mirai goes to the Olympics!!! I don't care she got first or second. She'd been there before, so what's the big deal. It's nice to have both girls go into the olympics as US champion, which would boost their confidence.
I watched the vedios. Apparently Rachael had a slower tentiative skate and looked laboured, while Mirai had speed, joy and attack all the way. I do prefer Mirai's performance. Hopefully both girls pay more attention to their weaknesses in the following three weeks and have their skate of life in the olympics!
Akiko and Mirai are for some reason given no slack by the judges. At SC, Akiko's SP layout was:
3lz-2t --> "e" call and -2 GOE
3f --> -2 GOE again (wasn't that bad)
in the LP:
3lz-2t-2lo --> "e" and -1.80 GOE
2a-3t< --> popped the axel into a single, -.06 GOE
3lo --> popped
3lz --> "e" and -3.0 GOE
So in the GPF Akiko changed her jump layout.
3f-2t --> no edge call, 0.40 GOE
3lo --> UR but not a jump you can get an edge call on
3f-2t-2lo --> no edge call, no negative GOE
3t-2a seq --> no downgrade
3lz --> "!" call, -1.80 GOE
Akiko won bronze at the GPF, so I believe what she did was smart. What Mirai should do if she wants to stop letting the judges screw her over.
3lz-2t-2t --> "!" call, would be "e" internationally, but smart move changing the 2lo to a 2t after getting the 2lo UR at SC
2a-3t --> UR on the 3t, also got a UR call on the 3t at CoC
3lz --> no edge call at nats but UR
3lo-2a seq --> smart move after her 3lo-2t was UR at SC (the 2t)
3t --> UR here, not usually a problem
new layout she should use so the judges won't bring her down:
3f-2t-2t --> no "e" call
3t-2a seq --> no UR on 3t, can get good GOEs
3lz --> if it's not in combination she has a better shot of not getting an "e" call
3lo-2a seq --> like she's already changed it, good move
If she does this, she will just eliminate many ways the judges can dock her. Ashley, Akiko, and that little girl Kanako all do sequences and I think it's a good idea now that 3-3s are being downgraded left and right. Also, why do two lutzes if after the edge call it will be worth less than a 3loop? She should do two flips and only one lutz. If she finds a way to get around what the judges are sometimes brutally calling her out on, they won't be able to do it and she should do better.
Look at the protocols and you can see where Mirai lost points by URing.
IF SHE HAD ROTATED ALL HER JUMPS, MIRAI WOULD HAVE WON.
But Mirai did not rotate all her jumps, and she lost about 15 points in the process, so she did not win.
Get over it.
Gotta say. I don't really like rachels skating. She is so unrefined... Body lines and positions are a mess. I loved mirai out there, still has jump issues but body lines and positions are much nicer.
I do not feel Rachel should get the high pcs she does. Just my opinion