The men's has had three Olympic champions in a row with quads before Lysacek. You can say, quads have become a tradition, which is why a system discouraging quads is a regress. For ladies, 3A has not been a tradition. It has been more or less a novelty. There will be other measures to prevent 3A from being a dominant a factor for the ladies.
That is, one jump will not do, especially for ladies.
Last edited by key65man; 03-10-2010 at 03:35 PM.
What I find astonishing is all this talk about the jumps, as if they're the "be-all, end-all" aspect to figure skating. Is this the main reason we watch it? Do I assume that none of you tune in to ice dancing? Because ice dancing, while it does have its own difficult elements, has no jumps to speak of. And yet, if you were fortunate to have watched Virtue/Moir from Canada and Davis/White from The United States, you'd have been blown away by the sheer beauty, elegance and power of these skaters. Now, I do not pretend to have any "technical" knowledge of ice skating. But I do enjoy it immensely. And perhaps that's the reason why I'm having my "say" about the original concept of this thread, which was a controversial comment from Elvis Stojko.
Kurt Browning, when asked how he felt about Stojko's comments, said that he initially agrees with Elvis that the 3A/Quad jumps should be higher. HOWEVER, he also said that it should only be ONE part of the scoring. Otherwise, he said you should just line people up and have them jump over and over again. That, he said, is NOT figure skating. And I totally agree with him. Did Yuna win unfairly? No. Perhaps, if I give in to the prevailing argument that the 3A should be given more points, there would be a 2 or 3 point lead in her SP over Mao Asada. However, the FS determined ultimately who would win the gold medal. Mao failed to perform a clean FS and no one can take the responsibility for that except for Mao. But what garnered Yuna the huge points is that her coach and choreographer drew up the program with the current ISU rules & regulations in place so that if Yuna skated clean programs, it would allow her to accumulate the most points possible. Brian Orser also questioned why Mao's coaching staff didn't get on board with that. It may be argued that Brian was just being "commercial" or "slick" but I feel that he was living up to his expectations as her coach and giving her a program that would allow her to win. Why can't Mao's people do the same? Clearly, she's skilled enough.
Everyone here will have a BIASED "favorite" skater. That's cool because everyone's looking at each skater through their own rose-colored lenses. And our favorite skater may win or lose. But we all know that in our hearts, gold or not, they're always winners.
The 3 lutz-3 toe is NOT an element that most women skaters have mastered. Not at all. It's still a reach, especially to pull it off with no flutz and with ease.
Mao made history by pulling of two 3 axles in an Olympic LP, so good for her and I happen to be great fan. But Mao cannot do a 3 lutz-3 toe the way Yuna can. Not even close. So who is to say which of them shows the greatest technical ability?
Yuna is certainly pushing the technical boundaries of her sport.
There is something to be said about quality and the quality of Yuna's jumps are breathtaking.
I think it is about as difficult to do an exceptional 3Lz (GoE of 2 to 3 or, say, 2.5 on average) as a poor 3A with heavy prerotation, borderline under-rotation, and little aesthetic merit (say, GoE of 0.5 for the sake of argument). With everything else being equal (e.g., time bonus), the poor 3A would receive 8.7 on average while the exceptional Lutz 8.5. In that sense, I think the current score potential including base value and GoE for 3A is enough as far as fairness is concerned about Mao and Yuna. In other words, if you limit the issue down to Mao and Yuna, I absolutely agree that Mao fans and Japan have no real argument about it.
However, there is another issue regarding incentive and being at the frontier technique-wise as there is no denying that a great 3A is more difficult than a great 3Lz, and 3A assumes higher risk. That is to be accounted for.
The trick, in my opinion, is to "gradually" get to the point where the system gives enough incentives, yet keeps its integrity by not giving so much as to be exploited by skaters with "poor" 3A (e.g., the score potential for poor 3A "far" exceeding that of great 3Lz) -- I consider Mao's triple Axel poor. In that sense, if at all, a possible change in 3A would be small.
As far as Mao is concerned, the change would be about 1 or 1.5 point when she lands both 3A's including the combination. That would not motivate other skaters not equipped with proper technique and natural talent to stick with 3A. However, that adds a bit for skaters who have potential to do great 3A.
I expect a mid-point to have a bit bigger impact as an equalizer. If implemented wrongly, this will produce an army of skaters with poor technique. The change, if at all, should be very modest unless politics truly prevails upon it. Many countries other than Japan get benefits out of it. If they are short-sighted enough, they will make it happen in a manner that there is no proper way to reward "good" skaters. And, the mid-point will blur the line of good and bad techniques. Such a change cannot be defended, and I don't think it will happen that way.
If you really think about it, a mid-point for Mao is not very consequential for all practicality once you take politics into consideration (what a wonderful world of figure skating!). In Vancouver, the tech panel was very lenient on some top skaters (with an exception of Rachael) on under-rotation and other technical issues. Who is to say the phenomenon will not recur at a bigger stage like worlds and another Olympics (or even GPF)? For Mao, it is more about sticking it or not rather than 1/4 under-rotation.
I agree that any change about 3A will hurt triples if not properly devised and implemented. There is only country who benefits from a radical change about it right now. Once Mao retires -- 4 more years of non-sense on 3A, that is -- there will be far less pressure about it, as well. I think adding a bit more on 3A will not change the current trend of figure skating.
Mao's triple axel is not poor at all. It is very light and they are great trple axelsl. I just feel that the skating community and the media have somehow decieded to favor Yuna since few years ago. The community could have made a big deal about Mao's triple axel and could make her unbeatble queen of ice. However somehow they decided to make Yuna as one of the greatest skater by using her 3-3. The 3-3 has been exectued by so many skaters before whether they were big or small or smooth or rough. Even some junior level skaters have attempted them before. But noone can do 3A except Mao right now and for her to do 3 of them should be truly appreciated. but the media and community did not want to. It has nothing to do Mao or 3A itself, it just the community deciede to go against her and decided to take Yuna's side. It is really unfortunate for Mao.I do not know the reason behind it. Is it politics related to money?(by Yuna winning how many people know that they can make profit out of her definitely more than when Mao won) Or they did not want 2 Japanese gold medalists in a row with Trasova as a coach? Or too many enthusiastic korean fans somehow pursuaded North American media to push Yuna instead of Mao by using cyber world? I defenitely believe that Yuna deserved the gold medal becasue after all she is the one who did clean program. But if the media and skating community have been on Mao's side for a while like they did for Yuna, the olympic result may have been different. I just can not understand all the hypes about Yuna at all. Except her 3-3, I do not see anything special about her skating.
To me, both of them are about same.It was just Mao's luck that they biased against her.
Last edited by PROKOFIEV; 03-22-2010 at 11:01 PM.
What "community" are you talking about? Never in my life occurred to me that the world of figure skating is one chummy community
Maybe I should say atmosphere or air? I do not know how to describe it. But definitely Yuna was decided to be the greatest ,but not Mao. Yuna''s 3-3 got appreciated more. not Mao's 3A. It could have been the other way around, if the media wanted it be. Judges could have given more GOE to Mao especially spins and footworks, but they did not want to. The whole air went somehow against Mao. As I said before, to me. both of them are about the same. It depends on how each person wants to decide which is better.
That makes more sense. Each event, there seems a skater everyone is pulling for. Sort of like a sentimental favorite. Yuna at the worlds 09, Alissa at US Nats last year, Carolina at the worlds 08, Mao at the worlds 07, etc. At the olympics though, Yuna had so much more momentum than everyone else it would've been absurd for her not to be favored. In a perfect world, past results shouldn't affect the outcome, but nonetheless Yuna earned right reputation justifiably. As for Mao's drop in reputation "points", I believe being beaten by lesser skaters early in the season really did her in. She should never allow herself to be beaten by skaters like Alena Leonova.
No matter how you try to convince me, I can not agree that Yuna is better skater than Mao at all. And I am sure you do not want to accept Mao is better than Yuna either.
Some may think Yuna's 3-3 is better and others think Mao's 3A worth more. But this time they took Yuna's side waaaaaay more than necessary and I fel it was Mao's bad luck.
It could have been the other way around.
I am not sure whether you are talking about step sequence or TL in PCS. As for step sequence, Mao made a couple of small mistakes, or her steps were imprecise. Mao does not have great edge control to beigin with. In the LP, Mao also ran out of steam by the time she got to the end of the program to do the step sequence, which probably contributed to her getting level 3 on it.
For TL, Mao did not have great transistions and footworks. Mao did not have good transitions.
Triple Axel is a great and difficult skill, which is why it gets 8.2 points for base value. However, the current system (CoP) looks at how well it is executed in addition to how difficult it is. When I said Mao's 3A was poor, I did not mean it was not difficult or it should not deserve appreciation. I meant that Mao did not execute it well enough.
There was little hype about Mao and her 3A because she had not managed to land it with a semblance of consistency this season. In fact, she was not that good with it last season, either. It took some Japanese coaches and the serious weight loss to land 3A by the end of this season.
Even when she managed to land them in the Olympics, many would disagree with you on how well they were executed. (Right now, Mao is not getting as much celebrated as you think she should not because there is a conspiracy against her but because the gold medal gets the most attention) Most important thing is that it is not the media hype that settles the score. It is rather the quality of works by the criteria we agreed upon before the competition began. I can subjectively appreciate the flexibility of Yuna, but the criteria we agreed upon would not agree on it. That is not a conspiracy. That is just how things are decided as objectively as possible.
So, do I think Mao performed well in Vancouver? Yes, I do. Worthy of a podium finish. Was it good enough to beat Yuna or for the gold? Not a chance. For the silver? Many even think that is debatable because the very lenient judging favored skaters with technical issues (Mao is one of them).
Again, 3A is a great skill. However, it is just one skill. It is like a home run in baseball. She hit 3 of them in Vancouver. But, Yuna hit two of her own with 3Lz and 3T and managed to collect lots of hits and therefore scored more runs. That was the story.
Since you are subscribing to a conspiracy theory, you will have to discover the truth (or a truth) on your own as the believers don't seem to listen to the others who hold different views. But, Japan is arguably the most influential country in the politics of figure skating. Mao has been a beneficiary of it. This time, Yuna did not make a mistake for politics to have a big role. That is how I see it.
Mao showed great determination without which she would not have managed to perform so well (including 3A) in Vancouver. I see that as her ultimate victory in Vancouver as not many foresaw it because she had been struggling greatly until the end of the season. Landing however many 3A cannot be equal to that. As for me, landing 3A at the Olympics is a thing of minor importance.
I am sure Mao is as determined for the worlds. As I hear that there have been some distractions for Yuna after the Olympics, I actually think Mao has a good chance to beat Yuna (assuming that Yuna may make mistakes). I wish her well.
Last edited by key65man; 03-23-2010 at 09:57 AM.