Actually, you can get higher than that, Miki. You COULD do a second Triple Loop instead of a second Triple Toe.Morozov, a master at racking up points under the International Judging System (IJS), is tinkering with Ando's jump layout, devising two alternatives for her free skate.
"The difficult one [opens with] a triple Lutz-triple loop combination, and goes into double Axel-triple toe, and then a [triple] flip," Ando said. "The second half is triple Lutz; triple Sal; and triple toe, and double Axel- double loop-double loop. That is the highest point [total] I can get."
My suspicians tell me that if Miki lands a 3/3 in the short, her and Yu-na's short program scores will be fairly close. Miki actually lost some levels on her spiral and her spin at GPF. Yu-na may have a bit of a lead but I bet it will be around the lead she had at 2007 Worlds. The reason I say this is I suspect that the last thing the judges are going to want to see is Skate America redone. If they can put someone fairly close to Yu-na, I think they will. So if Yu-na skates poorly in the long, they can give the OGM to someone else. I don't think Miki is the judges favorite top skater, but they'd rather see Miki be Olympic champion than Yu-na become Olympic champion with a skate like she had at Skate America.If Miki lands the 3-3 in her SP, her total will be somewhere around the 70 range. If she lands her 3-3 and 2ax-3t in her LP, she will be around the 125-130 range. So I think if Miki skates lights out, she's capable of around 200-205 as a total. Which is very competitive and could well mean gold.
Miki's hasn't been landing a clean triple triple for quite a long time even at Nationals (being almost free of pressure to be clean), so I don't think she could be able to land it at the Olys where the pressure multiplies. She can consider doing 2A-3T though , since she appears to have a solid technique on 3toes unlike her 3-3.
The situation with her 3-3 has been that she does not even try despite landing them in practices. But she says that she wants to include it in the Oly program(s).
Last edited by Bennett; 02-08-2010 at 09:58 AM.
I seriously think the Olympic Judges want a corronation and would love to see new world records set. It is up to Yu-na to skate up to thier (and everybody else's) very high expectations.