Liza skated a clean FS at Euros, yet she placed behind both Caro and Adelina. Yuna, when clean, can score around 220 like she did at Worlds. Mao can also score much higher than Liza if she skates clean. How high can Liza score for having two clean programs? Around 195?
Liza is being judged properly. Her poor SS causes her PCS to be low.
We can't even say for sure that Liza would make the Olympic team. Gracie is much more likely than Liza to win an OGM IMO.
A clean Yuna (more and more common) can score above 70 in the SP and above 150 in the FS. Her combined total can be in the upper 220's, a la Vancouver 2010.
A clean Carolina can score above 70 in the SP and in the upper 130's in the FS. Her combined total can be above 200. Judges have shown that, even with major mistakes, Carolina will still score in the upper 60's in the SP and the lower 130's in the FS.
A clean Mao can score above 70 in the SP and in the 140's in the FS. Her combined total (a la Vancouver 2010) can be above 210. Even with significant mistakes, like at 2013 Worlds, she's still within range of breaking 200.
We don't know how high a clean Liza would score in the SP, because not a SINGLE ONE of her SP's this season earned more than 60 points. At Euros, her perfectly clean long program scored in the lower 130's -- in the same place that Carolina and Mao are with multiple errors. She was beat by both Adelina and Carolina. At Worlds, she finished lowest of the younger girls. Gracie, Kaetlyn, and Adelina are outstripping her at a pace reminiscent of Yuna versus Mao in 2009/2010.
If Akiko Suzuki had skated a decent FS at 2013 Worlds, Liza would have finished out of the top ten. Period.
Liza's skating skills aren't even in the same galaxy as Yuna's, Mao's, and Carolina's. She'll raise her PCS the same way that everyone else does -- by improving. Until then, to suggest that she can challenge for gold in Sochi is ridiculous. Right now, Liza should be focusing on beating one of Adelina or Julia L at RN to qualify for the Olympics, because even making the team isn't a guarantee with the up-and-down season she's just finished.
Liza has the best jumps? Hardly, her technique is clean, but her jumps are tiny and she's nowhere near as fast as Yuna or Carolina. Her skating skills are also lacking. Her skating is slow with many cross-overs. I find it laughable that you think Yuna needs to work on her speed to catch up to Liza. Now her presentation is good, but 10x better than Mao and Yuna put together?
It is not written in the rules that ando must win nationals to go to Sochi. The rules are so broad and non specific that of course ando can go to Sochi even if she doesn't win nationals and she can win Japanese nationals with no 3/3 too over the current field. So even if you think for some odd reason that ando must win nationals to go well That is very possible.
Unfortunately for her lizas position as premiere jumping bean in skating has been taken by Gracie gold.
Gracie's jumps are so much better and she has much better speed going into them and better flow and distance. Her speed sometimes gets her into trouble and she rushes but Liz is not the better jumper.
The Instagram videos show that the edge on Gracie's flip is fixed. I don't see a significant difference between their control of air positions that favors Liza. Both tuck in their arms very tightly. Gracie is quick, so she gets a lot more height and distance, and jumps with her body perpendicular to the ice. Neither has very good flow on landings; this is something they both need to improve on. "Toe technique" looks the same, excepting that Liza doesn't dig into the ice as hard as Gracie does (not reminiscent of good/bad technique, just a difference in jumping style).
Liza has slowed down a lot. You'd think that this would give her significantly more control over her landings, but it doesn't, and it forces her to muscle through the jumps to compensate for her lack of height. This can force her to turn a 3-3 into a 3-2. If she has "better control" of her landings, it's because she comes close to grinding to a halt.
Gracie, for her part, rushes herself, which can make her sloppy in the air. But assuming that we're talking about her on a good day (there's no point otherwise, because then both she and Liza can be thoroughly picked apart), her jumps are almost impeccable.
In an argument about Gracie Gold versus another skater in terms of who has superior jumping technique (unless said skater is Yuna Kim or Carolina Kostner), Gracie wins. This is why she's taken over from Liza as the premiere jumping bean.
Out of Gracie's technical flaws regarding her jumps, the most noticeable are the high inconsistency of their rotation axis (causing stepouts or other flawed landings, giving a struggling look) and her swinging arms wide on her flip and Lutz takeoff. I don't see such things from most skaters.
Regarding their landings, Liza doesn't have much flow out of them mainly because she is a slow skater, but they look smooth when done properly. Gracie's are, just stiff in comparison.
I think the main reason Gracie has replaced Liza as the jumper of younger generation of skaters is because she jumps bigger with more speed, and Liza is suffering from puberty and growth spurt as well. Of course bigger jumps are a huge feat, but it doesn't mean Gracie is a better jumper than Liza in every way IMHO.
I would totally wait until competition pressure to see If anything was fixed by any skater. No lipping in practice? Lol.