Mirunna, great question. I'm very curious about jump GOES in this case, because I don't think Kozuka would've earned a heck of a lot there. I also wonder about the second 3A. Because Kozuka DID add on a 2T after the fall, it should have been credited as a 3A+combo, which means no base value loss (but no credit for the 2T). I wonder if he was hit with the sequence factor (0.8?). That and slightly lower PCS then he should've had probably explains the loss, imo.
I'm up early to do last minute wrapping, bake cookies, and check the results, lol.
That said, I'm torn between my feelings, after having watched the top 3 and looking at the results. On one hand I'm happy for Daisuke that he won Nationals for the 5th time, but sad that he won with so many falls. I'm sure even he, being the warrior that he is, isn't pleased with how he skated.
This reminds me in every way how I felt when Sasha Cohen won the 2006 Olympic Silver Medal with two falls (and, yes, I consider both falls). I remember crying seeing how beautiful & emotional her FS was (as God is my witness to this day she's the only one I've ever watched & will ever watch more than once at that Olympics). She was Juliet. Anyhow, my first thought after the first fall was gold is gone, but maybe she can hang on for a bronze medal, depending on how everybody else skates. But after the second fall I knew she was off the podium, and was heartbroken for her. Then my complete & utter S-H-O-C-K when she won silver! I remember thinking that's not possible, then being OVERJOYED/ELATED that she had won silver! But to this day, I've always been uncomfortable with her winning silver with two falls. Don't get me wrong, I'm sincerely happy for her that she won silver, but deep down inside where truth resides, there's doubt. For the integrity of the sport, I think COP needs to be revised when it comes to falls. Jmho.
This is only Nationals though, so I don't see a big uproar, after all I know plenty of US Nationals that have been questionable as well throughout the decades, so I understand. But the Olympics should be a whole other ballgame, where the whole world is watching and integrity should be upheld imho. And on that score I would have to say figure skating gets an A from me when it comes the the Olympic Gold Medalist in singles. I cannot think of *one* Olympic Champion in Mens or Ladies singles skating that has won with a fall, as it should be. For this I thank the skategods first & foremost, then the judges.
Now back to the competition at hand, Congrats to all three medalists. Kozuka was wonderful except for the fall on the 3A, Daisuke courageous as always (like a lion!), and the young Hanyu reminded me of Zhenya of a decade ago except in my eye Hanyu is a doe whereas Evgeni is a tiger. :D He just needs to work on his speed & stamina near the end, the last triple took away from an otherwise phenomenal performance. And let him know that Tonya Harding also had a horrible asthman condition, but that didn't prevent her from skating full out through beginning to end. Here's hoping as he grows into a man's body, his speed & stamina will as well, because he has all the goods to be thee face of Japanese male skating after 2014. Jmho.
NOW ONTO THE LADIES!!!!
It's great to see someone fell 3 times and still won. I guess Chan's not the only one which many people like to believe so.
I am very happy for Yuzuru being able to make the podium. Wonder if he will be going to 4CC. The location may affect his performance, with his stamina already being not great. Kozuka was wonderful especially the beginning quad (beautiful). I really want to see Machida's FS. Does anyone have a link on youtube?
It does not show in TV too well but his SS is truly special. Light and smooth, it makes people believe that he levitates on the ice not even touching it.
He is called " skater's skater" but not " Judge's skater"?
I continue root for him as much as I can. Ganbare Koz.
Aww I wish Dai would have won with a better skate. He still didn't let the performance but still.
Tahahiko's skate gave me chills. Dai is my favorite of the men but I still love Taka.
They both have the best long programs of the season along with Jeremy.
Kozuka lost on PCS, big time - 5.40 in LP and, inexplicably, in the SP, 5.05 which is the LP equivalent of 10.10 points!
I find Kozuka has finally caught up with the music and expressed it beautifully from the first note. Takahashi's best performances, quads notwithstanding, were at NHK. He energy waned badly in the SP this time and his LP performance was not as crisp as he was.
In both cases, Takahashi had a 4 fall advantage over Kozuka.
We need a How Can Kozuka Compete With Takahashi on PCS thread.
Someone on the ladies thread posted that the protocols are not out yet.