Thank you Paula for posting the article links that you have posted.
Two things from this article stood out to me.
#1. Elvis quote: "I don’t know what they’re scoring out there."
To that I say, maybe you should study the COP judging system a little closer.
#2. Article Writer Barnas quote: "With the next Olympics in Russia -- in 2014 in Sochi -- this is a critical period for the nation to get its figure skating future back on track. First things first, though: They need to get serious about the new points system, which awards the complete skater, not just the best jumper."
This writer is so right!
What drives me crazy about all this "risk" talk from Stojko and Pluschenko himself is that they neglect to mention that beyond trying a "risky" quad - Pluschenko opted out of doing an "easier" 3flip in his program and instead, did a 2axel for one of his jumping passes.Where in the sport do you not risk and play it safe and you win? It’s that simple.
While Pluschenko might be able to do quads consistently, he's hardly the superb technician or deserving winner that some are making him out to be when he doesn't even attempt a full arsenal of jumps in his programs.
Good grief. Since when has figure skating been all about a four-revolution jump?