Who knows. For all we know D/R's SP performance could have been a fluke. There's no guarantee anyone will medal except for V/T.
Also, I was saying if the Russians hypothetically have major errors in their FS, I hope they aren't still held up over other teams that skate cleanly. I think D/R should be leading, but at least it's not a runaway after the SP. This will hopefully take pressure off D/R going into the FS and puts the pressure on V/T to maintain a position they haven't been in before at Worlds.
Figure skating is a performance sport. If it were only about executing the elements cleanly, they'd call it something else, turn off the music and have a jump off. V/T are better SKATERS than D/R and S/S are also better SKATERS than D/R (I mean what they do and how they LOOK when their FEET are on the ice, not when they are in the air or executing an element). Does that mean that they don't get dinged on technical elements when they make errors? No, and both teams did in the GOEs. Both those teams got -GOE for their technical errors. But, for those that are complaining that V/T and S/S have a PCS "cushion" over other teams like D/R where part of the score is related to how things are skated, interpreted, choreographed, and performed (which V/T and S/S ARE better at, even if the concept of a program is MEH this season), I certainly expect that they will keep their mouths shut on the men's threads that Patrick Chan "deserves" a PCS "cushion". /rant off/
Just looked again at the protocols. A +2 for the Germans on those SBS jumps?!? I would have given their twist +1 and their throw +2 (I've seen them execute the flip better with a nicer landing and more height).
they did but you wanted them to be first right ?
PCS will be higher for D/H if they learn to project and Duhamel not skate like a Robot with zero facial expression
Stuck on 401 for two hours and missed the first two groups. for the last three groups the French pair and D/R werer the most exciting ones to me. d/R did the subs 3L right in front of us, or kind of, that was so clean.
Not very impressed with S/S and V/T today though they did there job.
The Russians deservedly have the highest PCS, but if it produces such a discrepancy then that means regardless of how they skate they will always have that advantage. So teams are forced to go for the highest difficulty and need to execute it cleanly when the Russians/Germans don't need to do the hardest elements - they can even make mistakes - and still come out on top.
As for Chan, even with my "Canadian"-ness, I disagree with his PCS cushions in the past in spite of errors.
I don't watch a ton of pairs skating, so it's hard for me to spot small differences in element quality on the 3-twists and spins. I have to say that I love S/S but I just don't care for this program. I don't like the music. They seem committed to their choreography but it has this monotonous rhythm to it. Liked M-T/M, K/S seemed polished but slow. V/T, well, I guess they've got the lust/sex thing going on, but there's something about Trankov's posture (it's almost like he's hunching) that gets me.
Does anyone have Duhamel/Radford's skate on video? I'd really like to see it.
so higher Technical = Higher PCS ?
Not really just look at the others Chan notorious with his PCS cushion who will win Gold even with multiple errors and even ladies like Carolina don't go for the hard content.
so unless they improve their SS though and project more and show more facial expression right now that doesn't merit a higher pcs