Overall, the placements were correct in the Ladies event (thank goodness). Let's face it...Yu-na Kim is a singular talent in the history of figure skating. No one combines the generally perfect execution of her jumps with graceful elegance in the same way. She has both the firepower, the mental toughness and the artistic interpretation down pat. Perhaps some of her stellar interpretation skills are attributable simply to the way she looks...she was blessed with a perfect figure skater's body...long arms and legs with everything else proportioned just right. Regardless, she is certainly one of the best figure skaters in figure skating history...it's simply the truth. Sure her scores may be a little inflated, but even if they weren't, she'd still be running away with the gold medal by a mile (when she skates and really means it). No one in this field can really match her when she's at the top of her game.
(I really like Kanako, and hope that she can improve her jump technique. Sure she gets the job done, but her jumps aren't very pretty. I think she will slowly fix them.)
I understand that some feel that Kostner deserved second and I understand (and I can respect) their reasons why. I'm not going to get all into their face about it. I happen to feel differently, and that's all.
Ah, I see. Idioms can be very difficult to master. I can understand that 'taking into account' would be especially difficult because its inflection varies according to its placement in the sentence and in relation to the sentence construction.
I do think Kanako was lowballed in PCS, and hopefully, she'll be getting higher 7s and even 8s next season.
I must say though that Kostner's Bolero was performed the way I would hope... she finally made the first half interesting, to go with the second half, and she added in that lovely 3F-3T, so I'm cool with her getting 2nd. Otherwise it would have been a fall in the SP and a 4-triple FS being enough to hit the podium at Worlds, which would have been pretty awful, even if it is a good skater like Kostner.
But I would have certainly put Li over her and Asada in the FS (the 8 points that Li beat Kostner technically was made up by a 12-point PCS gap).
Li was underscored in the FS to make sure she went behind Gold. I mentioned this right at time while the event was going but I think even the judges wanted to see the U.S get 3 spots back, just like all of us did, and Li would have been a potential wrench in those plans so stingy PCS was the best way to try and stop that (as it turns out the U.S would have still gotten 3 spots even had she beaten both Wagner and Gold, but there was no way to know that at the time).
Either way any talk from Kim haters of Kim having inflated scores is laughable when it in fact it could be questioned if Kostner and Asada even deserved their placings over Murakami (and Li in the LP phase alone, although certainly still beating her overall given the SPs) at all. At the time I was ok with Kostner and Asada medaling over Murakami as their performances were extremely strong apart from the couple mistakes, and Murakami probably had some URs like usual. However seeing the performance again I am not even sure of those UR calls anymore, and that she wouldnt have had the points to be ahead even without them, when she was basically tied with Kostner in the short and several points up on Asada after the SP to begin with, is quite puzzling. I was happy with the podium as I love all 3 skaters, and liked all their performances, but I can definitely see why some are upset Murakami did not medal with her essentialy clean skate with many wonderful points, even with her fugly jump technique, over the flawed (albeit still very strong, but not perfecT) SP and LP performances of Kostner and Asada.
I don't think Li has the power in her skating to match Gold on PCS yet. If you haven't seen Gold skate, she is blazing fast and her transitions are good (Osmond's were better this season).
There was also the point differential from the short. Li almost made up that entire point differential and scored the 4th best LP of the night.
If Mao does manage to master a stable lutz technique during the off-season, it would become a different ball game. A short program with four triple jumps would become realistic. Imagine that!
Get the lutz, Mao!
Ashley winning the US title over Gold
Carolina winning the European championships
and at least Mao NEVER had anything in her score that stood out. her PCS is comparable from competition to competition and doesn't suddenly rise like crazy with the same content. does this remind you of anyone?
it sure is a luxury to have to judges favoritism, since they thereby are able to bury every controversial win or medal, by bestowing them with PCS and letting them win by a clear margin...