I don't think any of them would have held up at NHK. They were all off their best including Chan. The Quad was not the definitive point for me because several skaters at SC had quads and others did the air rotations. btw, I would say Falling is worse than two-foot landing.How can anyone tell how a skater would land after a fall? If you know something about physics, to land too much on the toe pick will cause an abrupt stop, if not a stumble or turn out. to land too much on the heel of the boot will force a skater to fall backwards. How can anyone imagine any kind landing - faulty or good if the skater Falls?
By definition, there are 3 parts to a jump element: The Take-Off (gives the jump a name. I can't imagine what the name of a jump is with a Wrong Edge Takeoff.) The Second Part is the Air Rotations (gives the amounts of completed circles made in the air.) The Third Part is the Landing (gives the flowout importance.)
It's obvious that a Fall on any part of a jump element is drastically WRONG. It doesn't mean a contestant can't do a proper jump; it means the contestant was not perfect on that partciular day or night.
It is not the rotating that is the sport; it is the landing cleanly after the rotation, on a thin piece of metal on the ice, preferably landing with beautiful outflow, thus making what is very difficult look easy. This is an ice sport, not an air sport. The difficulty of landing well is the part that matters most: the contact with the ice itself. The thrill of seeing a skater rotating so much in the air, but still landing in a balanced manner, is one of the things that used to bring in a TV audience. How can an audience be thrilled by a splat? Of course interest in the sport has diminished among non-skating viewers.
In pole vaulting or high jumping, in the summer Olympics, knocking down the bar is not rewarded. It is clearing the bar that is rewarded. This is the nature of sport. Almost doesn't count.
There is nothing "outrageous" about different interpretation within the rules. Whether it's Chan's 4 toe getting +2 or Oda's hand down on 4 toe getting 0 GOE. What I have an issue with is certain people who claim to have somekind of absolute authority and things they disagree with automatically = outrageous. I don't know what is more ridiculous here...
This whole controversy could be eliminated by simply giving zero points for a jump on which the skater falls. In soccer, for instance, you do not get any points for "attempts on goal." The ball has to go into the net.