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    Kim to be skating in the fourth group

    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...27_150593.html

    According to Korea Times, Kim Yu-Na is ranked no. 15 and will therefore skate her short program in the fourth of six groups; almost all of the top contenders will be skating in the 5th and 6th groups. Some thought her placement in the lower groups at Worlds cost her some points. However she was known to say it helped settle her nerves and perhaps put added pressure on rivals yet to skate. I think she is at a disadvantage already by not participating in the Team event but some think otherwise. So, advantage, disadvantage or a wash? And on a side note, will that 4th group get any air time?

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    I don't think it'll make any difference; she'll blow away the field regardless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RABID View Post
    And on a side note, will that 4th group get any air time?
    I have no doubt that the reigning Olympic and world champion would get air time.

    The rest of the group would depend on what the network wants to show -- are there other skaters in that group of interest to the home audience, especially home country skaters? How much time do they need to cover other sports competing that day?

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    It's a clear disadvantage. She won't be getting the PCS she usually gets when skating in the last group. I think we might see the same thing happening what we saw in last year's Worlds...

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    are we not going to get to see all of the skaters skate their short programs?

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    I said it before and I'll say it again if I have to: Shen and Zhao, Vancouver 2010, skated first. Not first in the last group, not first in the fourth group. First, period. How much did it hurt their score? Well, they got a world record (at the time) SP score and went on to win the gold because of their SP lead (they were second in the free), so not too much.

    So yeah, I doubt Kim's skating position will hurt her. She's got enough reputation to score big anyway. If she doesn't win in Sochi, it won't be because of her SP starting order. I'd also be very surprised if she doesn't get airtime. She isn't exactly a nobody in these games.

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    Kim has skated an LP outside the final flight once. Despite skating said LP nowhere near her best, she still ended up getting the highest PCS of the competition, 3 points higher than the next-highest PCS (Asada). I don't think she'll be in any trouble. Her SP this year is also much better than her SP last year. If she skates well in her SP, she's guaranteed a spot in the final flight in the LP which is the important part.

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    Actually that news article is outdated. Coolbro - a cool Chinese Yuna fan from YNKF pointed out they apparently changed to 5 groups instead of 6, and it will be 6 per a group.
    as such, Yuna is likely to be in the third group.


    Training Schedule
    http://www.isuresults.com/events/OWG...meSchedule.pdf


    Chinese broadcast time (Beijing Time 2nd column, Sochi time 3rd column)
    http://ww1.sinaimg.cn/mw1024/002ipka...0op0gztcu1.jpg


    Starting Order (Randomized or draw to still take place for 1-15, 16-18, 19-30)
    http://cfile220.uf.daum.net/image/22...52E4B8F726EE06

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    Quote Originally Posted by os168 View Post
    Actually that news article is outdated. Coolbro - a cool Chinese Yuna fan from YNKF pointed out they apparently changed to 5 groups instead of 6, and it will be 6 per a group.
    as such, Yuna is likely to be in the third group.


    Training Schedule
    http://www.isuresults.com/events/OWG...meSchedule.pdf


    Chinese broadcast time (Beijing Time 2nd column, Sochi time 3rd column)
    http://ww1.sinaimg.cn/mw1024/002ipka...0op0gztcu1.jpg


    Starting Order (Randomized or draw to still take place for 1-15, 16-18, 19-30)
    http://cfile220.uf.daum.net/image/22...52E4B8F726EE06
    Mmm, Mao and Karolina are skating last. Same question, advantage, disadvantage? Karolina skating dead last. Hope she is up for it. (or is the order in group set in stone?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RABID View Post
    Mmm, Mao and Karolina are skating last. Same question, advantage, disadvantage? Karolina skating dead last. Hope she is up for it. (or is the order in group set in stone?)
    It is not set yet, According to the rule, randomized draw according to these current startup rankings 1-15, 16-18, 19-30 is to still to take place. I can be wrong though, this is 2nd hand info.

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    I'm not worried. I think if she goes clean she will be used as the gold standard and receive a very high score. All of the later competitors will be measured against her.

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    Gracie is skating in the 4th group with Zijun Li and Kanako Murakami. Competitive but not as nerve wracking; this looks to me like the best group to be in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RABID View Post
    Gracie is skating in the 4th group with Zijun Li and Kanako Murakami. Competitive but not as nerve wracking; this looks to me like the best group to be in.
    I was under the impression 19-30 (entire group of 4 and 5) are still to be randomnized, as in anyone from group 4 can still be in group 5 and vice versa.

    I am actually confused by this new system to be honest, was it same from last Olympics? I mean why not just randomize 1-15, and 16-30?!

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    dIdon't think we have to worry; the judges know her she will be fine Look at world's last year; they didn't hold her back at all. have some faith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by os168 View Post
    I was under the impression 19-30 (entire group of 4 and 5) are still to be randomnized, as in anyone from group 4 can still be in group 5 and vice versa.

    I am actually confused by this new system to be honest, was it same from last Olympics? I mean why not just randomize 1-15, and 16-30?!
    I don't know either. I'm going off of the tables you provided, os168. Now you have me confused.

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