If anyone's combed through the score sheets, you may have noticed that Tessa and Scott had lower base values than the other five teams in the top six for their free dance. Their GOEs were not actually that low, it was their Base Value that lead to a low TES. I actually found their spin and lifts better than Madison and Evan - who had a slight stumble in their first combination lift yet still were rewarded a level 4.
Now for an in depth analysis of scoring at Finlandia vs. SLC (feel free to skip it if it is too long):
Using the two top teams, or in this case my two favourite teams as examples:
Total Element Scores:
Tessa and Scott had a total element score of 45.23 and a base value of 33.20.
Subtract one from the other and that leaves a GOE score of 12.03.
Apply the same mathematics to Meryl and Charlie's score and you get a GOE score of 12.97.
So only a 0.94 difference between the two teams.
So let's scrutinise the technical panel and how this affected the scoring.
Tessa and Scott had a base value of 33.20 compared to Meryl and Charlie's 40.20. 7 points between the two teams.
That's what made all the difference. Let me point out to you this indeed was a recurring issue between Finlandia and
Level 4 : 4 points.
Level 3 : 3.5 points
Level 2 : 2.5 points
Level 1 ：1.5 points
Tessa and Scott had 3 level 4 lifts, and 1 level 1 lift.
Meryl and Charlie had 4 level 4 lifts, which already has them 2.5 points ahead on the Base Values.
Level 4: 8 points
Level 3: 6.5 points
Level 2: 5 points
Level 1: 3.5 points
Tessa and Scott scored levels 3 and 2 on their step sequences.
Meryl and Charlie scored level 3's on both. So another 1.5 points lost here for Tessa and Scott.
The same concept applies to the rest of their elements.
Tessa and Scott had lower levels on their elements overall, and hence the 7 point difference in the Base Value.
And as for the always high PCS for both teams, Tessa and Scott only scored 1.44 points lower than Meryl and Charlie.
So yes, I am agreeing that the technical panel, not the judges, were much harsher at Finlandia.
The team from Lithuania must have improved a lot in less than a month, because they scored nearly 10 points higher at Finlandia
than SLC. Same goes for the Polish team who scored about 12 points higher.
I really do like Tessa and Scott's program, but it seems like they are trying to reinvent Mahler for the upcoming Olympic season. Their short dance was very classy and elegant, and they've really chosen styles that are so 'them'. All in all, an excellent debut. Can't wait to see how they've improved by the Grand Prix series.
I have found last year's synchro teams for the Finlandia Trophy but not this year's event. Does anyone know if they will be online?
I'm pleased to see Team Unique placed first. I've always been a big fan of them, so it's great to see them do so well.