I think Kostner deserved a higher PCS relative to the field than she received.
No judging will please everybody but I don't see blatant favoritism and unfair judging here.
I'm pleasantly surprised to find that I thought the scoring was pretty fair, compared to previous competitions at least. I hope this is a trend that will continue!
Mao would probably be in first place if she'd only done a double-axel! She's so unstrategic but that's the quality that makes me love her.
Alissa's performance was memorable but for all the wrong reasons. In times like these, I think she should be reminded that it's only figure skating after all, and no one's happiness or well-being is going to be determined by how she skates, and that includes her's.
The pressure isn't really off, though. She'll be thinking about that third spot and placing at least in the top 10 or whatever she needs to do for the third spot. It's a lot to tune out, especially during a long program. I really wish her the best.You're right. I wasn't thinking about the lower PCS that she'll get from skating in the second group. However, the judges do seem to love her; so a relatively clean skate could redeem her in the judges eyes. Is it possible that with the pressure off, Alissa will deliver? She didn't at the challenge cup, but with her anything is possible.
If the US can't even keep it's two slots for Worlds next year then Alissa needs to retire right now. Not that Ashley has anything to brag about either.
I agree that Alena skated very well and I don't think anyone can take that away from her. However, it's her program that I'm criticizing. She spends the majority of the program making faces, wiggling her hips and winking... a LOT of posing instead of actual skating. She knocks out all three jumps in 30 seconds, does a spin, poses, does some footwork, poses, more footwork and more posing, spins and poses... Where the hell was the actual skating?
I think her jumps were good, her energy was infectious and she looked like she was having fun...but those scores were too high for the level of skating she displayed. Her score should have been closer to Kanako's (62); she could have even been in 1st place, but 64 is too high. That's my only issue...64 was too high for what she put out.
I just checked the scores..........
Well, it looks like Ashley and Alissa are in an excellent position to preserve the 2nd spot.