But folks, the COP judging in the past has shown that higher difficulty in TES definitely results in higher PCS scores. This is nothing new.
PCS components: I'd give PE and IN to Takahashi. SS, TR, and CH go to Chan. JMO
I'm not always agree with the judges for to put Patrick always in first place.
But for this time, I find that he merits his score. It was truly the best performance of the day considering that he do 2 quads and overall the performance was far better than the other competitor.
Congratulation Patrick And I'm happy with the 12 place of Kevin Reynolds, Canada have 3 spot next year for world!!! :D
Since Patrick has fairly mastered the quad, and can usually land a respectable 3-axel under pressure, it doesn't matter if he has a fall-out or two in the sp. That knocks the kinks out a bit, and so then he is also able to get the lay of the land by skating last. I think Dai challenged very strongly here, but was not given the marks or the credit that was set aside and reserved for Chan before the event began. Yes, Chan delivered, but there are so many times when he hasn't fully delivered and has still received humongous scores, so Chan is given an opportunity that most guys don't have. The judges love him and his confidence is surely boosted by that. I also think the judges Chan-love has messed with some guys' heads. Not with Dai's head by the way. Dai knows full well how he matches up with Chan, and when he puts it out there the best he can and the judges don't give him the marks, so be it. Dai will take his silver medal with a smile, as always.
Who is surprised that Brezina didn't deliver in the fp? I don't care how well Michal skated in the sp (kudos to him for doing it on his birthday, btw!), I feel he was over-scored on PCS, and in some other IJS categories. The fp brought Brezina back down to earth. I think Brezina is a very good jumper, but when he doesn't have his jumps, he doesn't have much else either. If Jeremy could have skated his sp at the least as good as he's done all season long, he would have challenged for at least 3 or 4 place. Yeah, Jere would also have needed to eliminate some of the point giveaways in the fp.
Isn't this the first time for an all Asian-descent podium? That will be happening more often too if China and Japan have anything to say about it, plus the fact that P-Chid (barring injuries) will likely cruise into Sochi. With Plush coming back (if he can overcome his age and bad legs), I'm sure the judges will reserve a spot for him too on the podium. The lead-up will likely be all about Chan and Plush and quad shoot-out. Ugh!!! All the rest of the guys in the men's field can battle for bronze. Good-bye artistry in figure skating. So long.
If the crowd was booing Joubert's absence on the podium, wouldn't they have booed all three medalists and not just Chan?
For once, I felt sorry for Chan. The crowd was just so rude, it was horrible. He didn't give himself those scores. And he landed two clean quads. The audience needs to educate themselves and understand where Chan is separating himself from everyone else.
I think the main problem is the incredibly STUPID corridor. If a judge dares to send a message, and his/her marks are out of the corridor, they face the fact that they might never judge again, and I think a big part of the problem lays right here. I know several judges, and they are scarred to death of the corridor.
Florent was ahead of Brian in the lp and wind up 4th place over Brian so maybe they wanted him on the podium.
*sigh* I'm just ready to have this season be over and then have Hanyu dominate mens' skating straight to the 2013 World title and 2014 Olympic title.
I still think P Chan deservess higher PCS because he strokes more efficiently, has better flow and power through the ice and has more sophisticated movements than Daisuke. I like him, but it's sometimes a bit too in your face.