Yu-na doing three of the same jump and a double at that, three double axels is at least one too many. I guess there will be many who say her double axels were better, prettier than Mao doing her historic 3 3a performance. I'm getting used to it now.
I agree with KW
I would hope that the ladies return to doing all the triples in their long. This seems the definition of Mastery at the elite level. The CoP should support that along with the stroking, edges, spins and spirals. The footwork sequences are being over done. Though anazing to watch Takahashi, I still feel thrilled when I watch the quad men. Evgeni had a point about Ice dance though he was snarky. Personally, I would have been thrilled to see Mao do 1 3a in her long. I think the men should do two. I don't think women should do two in one program even if they can. And they should not try quads as they get injured and ruin their hips. Even excessive 3.3's kept us from seeing Tara skate beyond age 17 or 18. What a shame. The 3a- Its such a difficult jump that only some 5 ladies have landed it in competition. To me it is more important that the skater has learned all the triples and attempts them. Doesn't that level the field and we get to see who can jump well?
As for the men, I agree that the quad is a good thing i love to see and I recall SLC where all three medalists did quads and quad triples. I do not like that the sport has pushed triple -triple on the ladies because only the very elite can do it. Michelle Kwan, with all her attributes didn't win Oly gold because she was outjumped. I'm taking nothing away friom the great skills/skates of Tara/Sarah, but the 3/3's were most highly valued and both these ladies jumped to first, with beautiful exciting performances of course.
I find it strange that a 3/3 could be worth more than two 3A's in the Ladies event, but someone made that decision. Joannie, getting bronze, had neither. Oh, well. I am never going to understand CoP.
They seem to want everything including difficult entrances and difficult footwork into these triples...so what has to be left out? The jumps. Love Laura Lepisto won bronze with 3 triples at Worlds? Hmmm.