Funny that Ross Miner resembles Jeremy very much.
Looking at the protocol, I thought the judges were very fair with him on the GOE of his TES, I would have scored him very similarly on the GOE of his elements. The Tech Panel appears to be doing a fair job as well, I see no evidence of sympathy points on the 1st mark. Level 2 on the Step Sequence, Level 2, 3 and 4 on each of the three spins. The Tech Panel also refused to count his 2nd Quad as a combo even though he had a double toe there as his stumble disrupted the flow and they think he added an extra step for it to be called a jump combo, which is another -20% on the base value. Though they did give him the 1st Quad at full value, which was borderline of being under-rotated so Bradley got a little break there.
So why did Bradley got such good TES score? His planned content was very challenging and had high base value. Although he didn't execute them well, he didn't downgrade or UR his jumps - he executed 2 Quads and 2 Triple Axels, plus one of every other kind of Triple from Lutz down to Toe Loop. So he has the full repertoire of the Triple jumps covered. In short, my quick analysis of the his TES score indicate the panel did a very fair and thorough job, something I would be personally willing to vouch for their integrity, without a doubt. \
That said, my criticism of the 2nd marks remain the same. Although looking more carefully at the individual judges, a few definitely dinged Bradley as I would, with some 5s in for Transitions but by & large, the PCS he got here is not justified, not even in the context of a national competition. Like I said though, tonight is a tough night to be a judge in this competition, it's just way to whacky and awfully hard to remain cool headed.
I think Dornbush, Abbott & Bradley should be the world team. Tough on Miner, yes, but the point difference between him & Jeremy was only .16 points, and I don't think that it should invalidate the entire international fall season. At his worst, Abbott can be top 10 in the world; at his best, it's questionable for Miner. Jeremy's a headcase, but he will no doubt get the PCS. Bradley won't and shouldn't. I think Dornbush will do well if he skates like he did in here and at the JGPF. Miner can go to 4CC.
Aside from the last three men, what a great afternoon of skating it was. Dornbush was my favorite - loved him at the JGPF, love him even more now. This is a great program for him, and he really sold it. Plus those jumps! I also really enjoyed Mahbanoozadeh, Messing & Cassar. I can't wait to see Brown's FS - seems like he had a great one and I normally love his skating.
Wow, the results were interesting. Who would have thought Rippon and Mroz wouldn't be near the podium? I'm glad Bradley finally won. I think his 151 was alright because it was the same score as Shawn Sawyer got at Canadians and although Ryan doesn't have the skating skills and artistry of Shawn, he had better technical content. I'll be happy to see both those guys at Worlds. I feel really bad for Abbott but it wasn't his day. I think he will not be named to the world team since the USFSA quickly announced the world team for ladies based on results and didn't seem to consider sending Mirai.
Congratulations to Bradley! Even though I'm not crazy about this skate, I do want him to win and have the title so he could perform and entertain people in SOI and other organizations.
Yuk, that was the ugliest LP I've ever seen in two years from Jeremy! Jeremy has tried too hard for not peaking at the Nationals which has taken him over the board. I've never thought that he could be left off the podium. What is all that about earring and new hair-dos? Plain ugly!
This is where the committee decision is needed. Will he go to the worlds? The worlds is Jeremy's number one goal this year. If he couldn't go to the worlds, that'll be totally bombed for him. Please USFSA, please! Any officials reading this forum?
Impressive performances from Dornbush and Miner!
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 01-31-2011 at 12:10 AM.
What the tech callers at this competition did with a combo where a skater stumbles or turns in between jumps is highly unorthodox (they don't count the second jump and call the whole thing as a sequence). As far as I can remember I haven't seen that done at any other competition. Doing that at the SP would be especially harsh, since a combo is a required element and a failure to do it is a mandatory -3 on the GOE. Add to that the second half of the combo not counting, it would be a huger point deduction than if the skater fell on his face. It would be grossly unfair and awful, like the old style way of jump downgrades.
So no, this is not done at other competitions. It's unfair to do it at this one. And as for people suggesting that Adam and Ryan should have their last jumping passes discounted because of the tech specialist's nasty new rule? That's even worse.
There are already enough horrible rules in the COP that prevents skaters from being credited with what they actually did (like skaters who do an extra combo would have the entire combo invalidated, when they used to at least count the first jump). Even the nasty ol' ISU doesn't go that far. For the US championships to do so is ludicrous.
But i wonder , was mr Inman with the Johnny Weir Trois Points judging tonight?
But Bradley compensates with his great jumps, such flair, great body and the fact that he will be my future husband
It was disappointing night in skating. Yes, great for the news guys who did well - especially Dornbush. But it didn't make up for Jeremy's meltdown and Rippon's disappointing over all competition.