What this rule does is make it easier to fit a 3Axel into the SP and maximize that skater's BV, as it allows a skater to fit 3 triples in the SP 1) without a triple-triple AND 2) without having to do the 3Axel out of steps or in combination. For example, see Mao Asada's SP at the 2013 4CC. In other words, it is advantageous to a skater who cannot do a triple-triple but is capable of a 3Axel. Guess which lady is that?
Of course no rule is really designed for one skater but because Mao is the only lady in the world doing The triple axel and the rules change to say a skater can do a 2a or 3a as the axel jump and well as 3/3 and another triple that can be seen as only benefitting Mao! She's the only lady doing a 3a!! But all ladies could be trying 3a!
Some people claim that only Mao Asada benefits from this rule as she's the only lady currently trying to jump a 3axel. In my opinion it's not true since everyone can take the practise the jump, right? I think it was a wise move from ISU, since it may encourage more ladies to try to go for the 3axel in the SP.
Why so many feel the need to critize this change?
[QUOTE=Krislite;748652]The SP rule was passed after the Vancouver Olympics which allowed ladies to do the 3Axel as the solo Axel jump in the Short Program. Before that rule, ladies could only do a solo 2Axel in the SP, which meant that to do a 3Axel a skater had to do it either in combination (3Axel+2Toe) or a solo triple out of steps.
Thanks for the information. One more thing that I still don't understand. So the previous rule did not allow a skater to do 3 Axel (as solo) but do only 2 Axel in the SP even when she or he could do 3 Axel? Why? What was the logic behind that rule?
In any case, this is getting off-topic and dangerously into Mao vs. Yuna territory...
To get back on topic: all of us agreed nobody will probably try a quad in Sochi but what about 2018 Olympics? Are there any jumping beans that could practise it? Do you think maybe Gracie after trying it in practices for a few years will put it in her programs?
^Whether ladies will go for the quad depends on whether they feel they need it to get an edge and they're sufficiently skilled at jumping to have a realistic chance of executing it in competition.
Mao goes for the 3Axel for similar reasons. Gracie is good enough a jumper that she can probably pull it off and she's just at that level where it might give her the winning edge. If anyone's gonna go for the quad it would be her. None of the current crop of Russian jumping beans seem capable of it, though. They rotate fast but their jumps are rather tiny.
3a would have been invalid under the old rules if that was the axel jump. Just a total overjump!
No ladies are going to do quads! Only one does 3a!! Too hard too risky no guarantee of it even benefitting you if done!!
The 3A rule is fair. Actually it is ridiculous that the rule says you cannot attempt a more difficult jump.
The SP is very specific and technical for a reason. The SP doesn't allow a quad for the ladies either. The fact that a skater is capable of more difficulty is not sufficient reason to allow it in the SP. Back in the 1988 Olympics even the men were required to do a double Flip out of steps during the short program!