What's even more frustrating is that not only does Murakami always get the rotation, she also always gets good spring on that second 3Toe and lands cleanly. So, again, the way she has been getting scored on this combo ever since 2011 Worlds is total crap and nothing but uneducated calls by tech panels. ISU needs to teach their tech panels how to determine rotation (I've sat through ALL of the tech training seminars and it's NOT done properly) and the rules also need to clearly define the mechanics of jump rotation and exactly how it is going to be scored, so that competitors know what they need to be doing and can learn how to properly analyze their own jumps.
I agree her beauty is a special kind of beauty. Someone posted a video of Valentina Marchei and one of the Helgesson sisters standing next to Kiira and they look so unfortunate. Of course, both girls are not ugly. However, standing next to Kiira who's radiating sun ray and oozing maple syrup, all of their ugliness suddenly magnified. Like someone beat them with an ugly stick or something. Like two dung beetles perching next to a butterfly.
Her SS is significantly better than the rest of the girls here. Not the level of Kostner, but again, no one is at the level of Kostner. That's why she didn't get 33 PCS for the SP.What ISN'T special is her skating. I agree with almost everyone on that point. Nor are her skating skills special, like say, Caroline with her fantastic speed and power , or say other skaters with lightness and grace.
Congrats to Gold and Zawadzki for amazing SPs!
Korpi I felt was overmarked, but that's nothing new, nor is it a surprise. I guess she is Kostner 2.0 in this regard.
CZhang is a late-season bloomer and traditionally has been so.
Gracie finally shows the power and grace we expected her and probably the Gold (tongue in cheek on purpose). Physical beauty should not be a factor, but probably is to a point. I have seen Kiira skate in person - nope she is the same as she is on tv. And she is a good skilled skater just not super good and you have to put it in context of easier jumps. Maybe the ISU should consider bonus marks for landing cleanly with no more than -1 GOE 5 of the 6 triples? I do like Murakami's skating. Adelina needs to pull it together and ditto for Leonova or she will be left in the dust. Too bad Osmond wasn't skatng in place of Zhang I would have loved to see her try for the GPF and to skate against Gracie to see if Osmond is for real. Right now I think Gracie has the momentum and the US and the world have high expectations for her compared to Osmond.
One judge gave Caroline Zhang a 3.75 for transitions. Ouch! What is going on with her training? She's practically stepping into her elements. Even her spins are getting slower. Her pearl hasn't come back either. Maybe her back injury is taking its toll.
Okay, I have watched all ladies SP on TV, not thru tiny PC screen, finally this afternoon.
Programs as whole, I really liked Marchei's, Murakami's and Korpi's.
Sotnikova needs to skate with more confidence for that kind of music.
P.S. Still do not like Kanako's entries into jumps (wild swinging arms+free leg) and hard toe kick on her Flip, though. She needs to fix them if she wants to get onto the worlds podium, or she may end up like Yukari, I am afraid...