I agree that the movement before the jump entry does not count as a back spiral, but it's not stroking or gliding, either. Also immediately exiting the jump is a RBO loop (not loop jump) --- one could argue about its quality but it is not doubt choreographically intended to be a loop. I'm not jaylee, so I don't know what she/he referred to as "mini-SE."1b) "back spiral preceding her second lutz (and a mini-spread eagle immediately exiting out of it)"
Back spiral? Is this the back spiral referenced? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O59GUx8iJMI#t=2m04s If so, that ain't a spiral as the free leg never went above the hip and the position was not maintained for even half a second. In a spiral, it is very important the tension of the position be maintained in the upper body as well but there was no such tension in that "split second spiral", too short, no tension and free leg below the hip. Mini-spread eagle : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O59GUx8iJMI#t=2m11s That is not a spread eagle, not even by adding the qualification that it is a "mini". By definition, a spread eagle needs to be on either inside or outside edge with clear gliding movement. The video clip showed the edge is flat in an almost standing-still position - it is simply standing on two foot.
Either I have misunderstood you here or you have misunderstood the criteria for Transitions component. It is supposed to evaluate the intricacy and difficulty of anything about connecting moves. I am not a judge but I have been told by at least one judge that it is more difficult to go from a jump landing to a spin or step sequence with no stroking or crossovers or just obvious rest. Most skaters lose speed upon landing a jump, but starting the next technical element, be it a spin or a step seq, you need some momentum to get started. The lack of any momentum generating moves (simple stroking or crossovers) signifies higher technical abilities. Therefore indeed if a skater CAN go from a jump landing to a spin/steps without push push push she would be rewarded for TR difficulty.1e) "Her solo 3S exits directly into her footwork" This is factually correct but the subsequent interpretation of its value is incorrect. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O59GUx8iJMI#t=1m16s Going into a step sequence upon exiting a jump does not add value to the transition of the program given that this component criteria specifically evaluates the linkage between two elements. There is no linkage between the two elements to speak of here.
PCS consists of 4 components beyond transitions. Perhaps the most crucial one is skating skills, which cannot be accurately and reliably assessed without seeing a performance live. I suggest caution when making armchair but definitive judgment about PCS from TV impression.Do you feel Kim has a huge PCS advantage over Osmond based on their respective national long program performance? Since Krislite did not specify what "huge PCS gap" is, I am going to assume by huge, it is meant the difference would be at least 10+ points of difference in the overall PCS. Do you feel that is the case, based on their respective most recent performance at their nationals and why?