I was totally expecting to see Kaetlyn having a great clean fp when I saw that she'd won, and headlines were saying she "stole the show." Well, the headlines were wrong. More like, the judges helped her "steal" the gold. And I am not blaming Kaetlyn or tearing her down. I thought she was wonderful in the sp and I saw nothing wrong with her 2nd place finish there. She has a lot of spunk and confidence, and she did perform well in the fp aside from her couple of mistakes. But she was over-scored on PCS in comparison to Akiko. I also feel that Akiko and Kanako were kept down a bit more than they should have been in the sp. Agree with the person above who felt Kanako performed beautifully in both sp and fp. Certainly, Kanako should have at least placed third in the fp. And I feel with Kaetlyn's errors in the fp (and especially the fact that the Carmen music is not really well interpreted by her) that she should have at most won silver, and arguably bronze.
At SA, Christina Gao was very much underscored in the sp. Gao ended up with a total of 174+ overall, which is behind what Kaetlyn scored at SC. Gao skated two beautiful mature programs and if she had skated those programs at SC, Gao clearly should have had scores higher than Kaetlyn. Even at SA, Gao's marks should have been closer to Ashley's. I think this demonstrates the politics that goes into the scoring. Gao was kept down in the sp because she didn't have a lot of rep with the judges, but with her equally stellar performance in the fp (coupled with Sotnikova's mistakes), the judges could not deny Gao second place. Ashley had to perform a clean fp to beat Gao, and she did. I do think the judges were kind to Ashley in the sp where she had a slight two foot on one jump, but her 60+ score was not unreasonable. Gao definitely should not have been as far behind in the sp because she landed a 3/3 in the sp, unlike Ashley. Obviously, Gao and Wagner are both from the U.S., but Sotnikova and Alena were favored to perform better than Gao.
It is difficult for this sport to gain wide appeal with inconsistencies in the judging that are so obvious. Of course, this is nothing new for figure skating. At least now, they seem to have stopped giving Chan gifts when he makes mistakes.
Last edited by Art&Sport; 10-28-2012 at 02:49 AM.
Mr. P watched both programs at the coffee shop tonight on YouTube. He was utterly confused when I told him who won on PCS. He kept going on about how much he loved Akiko's arms in the program, while he described Kaetlyn's program was "full of arm flailing."
Just one man's opinion.
ETA: Akiko did win the pcs, but rather he was puzzled they got nearly the same pcs scores.
Last edited by Mrs. P; 10-28-2012 at 11:07 AM.
And by the way Blades of Passion, I did not say Osmond has a masterpiece of a program, all I said is she has better choreography than Tuktamisheva.
I prefer Kaetlyn to Gracie. I'd give Gracie the edge on jumps (of course) and I'd say both ladies are about even in spins. Kaetlyn understands the music more and actually performs the choreography rather than regurgitates the movements, which is what Gracie does. Gracie isn't a natural performer but both Kaetlyn and Liza T are.
As for Kaetlyn in comparison to Liza T, I'd say they are about equal. Liza T's jumps are superior (she's a technician when it comes to jumps) but I think Kaetlyn's spins are much better than Liza T's. As far as performing the to the music and really getting into the performance and selling it, I think both ladies are even...that's my favorite thing about both of them: they perform their programs and bring life and energy to them. They never bore me when they're on the ice...Gracie bores me. I want to like Gracie, I swear I do, but I just don't see anything about her that excites me. She's a great jumper but she falls pretty flat to me everywhere else. Nothing else about her stands out to me.
On the other hand, that's why they hold competitions. So far Osmund has beaten Soynikova at Nebelhorn an both Tuktamysheva and Gold at Skate Canada. So far, so good.
Osmond is a very good skater and she has a good handle on her nerves. She skated well at Skate Canada, and given the mistakes of several of the other skaters, she deserved to be on the podium. But her PCS scores in both SP and FS were inflated. She did not skate a clean FS, yet her PCS scores were on a level with Akiko Suzuki, who skated a fast, clean and exciting FS. If Osmond got 7s, Akiko should have gotten 8s.