OTOH Rachael has not been gigged for either URs or flutzing by ISU tech panels because she has worked hard to correct those problems.
Rachael landed seven triples to Mirai's three, and accumulated a TES of 69.05 to Mirai's 56.94. THAT was why Mirai was second, and if armchair "experts" are offended, that is just too bad. Just because something looks superior doesn't mean it is technically correct. Skating experts who sit on technical teams are far more knowledgeable than the naysayers whose favorite didn't come out on top. It seems that many of the posters who wanted Sasha to go to Vancouver are now dumping on Rachael Flatt for her sterling performance. Sour grapes are rampant.
BTW, Mirai wasn't the least bit offended by her second place---she was thrilled to make the World team and punch a ticket to Vancouver.
The whole purpose of handing out the ear buds was to educate audiences as to how and why the marks are reached. Plans are to distribute the ear buds at the Olympics to the entire audience, and the ISU intends to do the same thing at its international events.
Maybe in time people will stop saying "wuz robbed" (except of course for ice dance).
But as you say in another post, I want Gao just to be herself and find her own "voice." I hope it's as strong a voice as Michelle's, and Janet Lynn's, and YuNa's, and Mao's. Then we'll all be the better for it.
On another subject, Rachael isn't the most "exquisite" skater, but anyone who works as hard as she obviously does deserves my respect and even my gratitude. I think part of it is her posture: she doesn't have that erect carriage that Sasha, Mirai, Carolyn, and Yuka Sato have. To me, Sarah Hughes had some of the same problem--she always looked a bit slouched. But Rachael doesn't lack style. Like Elvis Stojko, she just has a different kind of style. When I watched him, I didn't spend my time yearning for the likes of John Curry; instead I admired Elvis's particular contribution to skating: a straight-ahead, forceful steadiness and plenty of daring. I think that for the time Rachael graces our podiums (and maybe with luck the world's podiums), we should just enjoy what she brings to it, because clearly she's got a lot to give. Maybe she doesn't have the classic ballet body, but neither does Jayne Torvill, whom she reminds me of, and Torvill did just fine in terms of electricity of presentation. The rebel in me is kind of pleased that Rachael isn't conventionally glamorous. Variety is the spice of skating! I can't imagine Miki Ando skating to "Swing, Swing, Swing" with the verve Rachael is giving it.
I'm thrilled to see that we have two ladies who won their places not by default, but by doing the best that was in them. I hope they both make top ten. I hope they both make top five! I hope...but let's not get ahead of ourselves. No pressures, ladies!
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If this event was an international event, would people be that surprised at the score difference?
I think they inflated everyone, but Mirai got the biggest boost out of the 3.
Rachael 117-130 - 13
Ashley 108-122 - 14
Mirai 100-118 - 18
At the Olympics, Mirai will get hosed for her UR jumps.
I feel like I'm anti-Mirai with all these posts, but in reality, I predicted both girls even before the SP. I like them both, but Rachael is a better skater and won fair and square.
She might've won fair and square but it was under this seriously flawed scoring system. The audience at Spokane was definitely perturbed.
Also, when is the gala today and will it be shown on NBC?