Because the harder jump and combos make up for the missing "easier" one. You may not agree with that, but it's a common sentiment. Good speed, skating skills, and jump technique are not unique to Carolina. But I don't mean to say she has no strengths. Clearly she does. But why is it wrong for me to be disappointed by her jump content compared to recent world champs?Yet again: Kostner had a good 3F (including in combo) for years. She lost it, and her 3Lz, when she was injured and couldn't practice the jumps, and by her own admission has not gotten the 3Lz back consistently. Why is it worse to be missing a harder jump rather than an easier one? If Carolina should hang her head in shame, how about the ladies who can't do 3S or 3R? Are they the same as novice or intermediate or whatever lower level you want to use?
Kostner has plenty of strengths: her jumps are with the proper technique, and she rotates them; she is fast and has great skating skills and steps (IIRC she was the first lady to get level 4), and she has pushed herself artistically with interesting music choices.