Actually low it down, you can see the moment where her left foot is still on the ice her foot is almost a quarter turn on an inside edge. And even if it got an "!" more than an "e", but that still means she is flutzing. You yourself said it was an inside edge... sure, it's shallow, but it's an inside edge... it's not an outside edge or a flat. That is a flutz. It's not as severe as Kwan's but it's still a flutz in this particular performance. Today, she would get an "e", because now judges don't care about the severity of it if it's a flutz. The GOE might not be as negative because it's not as severe a flutz, but it would still be marked down as one -- although the GOE would have been -3 anyways because of the 3-loop (which in slow motion really is just two rotations off the ice... she wasn't even close, but kudos for trying).
But anyways this is getting OT.
Last edited by CanadianSkaterGuy; 02-07-2013 at 04:00 PM.
Back on topic I think the Russian skaters are stronger contenders for Worlds than I had them previously but I still dont think they are medal favorites per say. The favorites in order at this point I would say are:
Kim- heavy gold favorite and medal lock
Kostner- slight silver favorite, gold contender, and probable medalist
Asada- heavy medal favorite, almost equal silver favorite, and outside gold contender
Then after that I see Sotnikova, Elizaveta, Wagner (who has clearly seen her stock go down), and Osmond all roughly equal, with Gold and Suzuki slightly behind all of them. That said I do think it is possible a Russian skater wins the bronze at Worlds this year. They are not who Kostner has to worry about if she has designs on defending her gold. If she finishes below a Russian skater it means she is almost certainly off the podium entirely.
Last edited by pangtongfan; 02-08-2013 at 08:42 PM.
Surely you must see that silver and bronze medallist at Europeans are more likely to medal at worlds than ladies who are 5th and 8th at SP in 4CC? I am curious why you think that Sotnikova and Tuktamysheva have the same chance of medal as Osmond (and Gold just slightly behind them)?
Maybe she can hold them off this year, but very uncertain about the Olympics.