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.
We do have some synchro fans, but they mostly become visible at Jr & Sr worlds. I didn't know the teams weren't allowed to post though.
I saw it live and I think the results are correct.
Tuktamysheva was interesting , even with her jump problems. She has nice purity and power in her skating. When she took the ice for the warm up, that was a serious Wow moment. Her ice coverage was quite good and she carried herself quite well despite the jump problems. However, the music is not right for her.
Lipnistskaia was wonderful and her marks well deserved. Last year at FT she had zero interpretation but what a difference can one year make. Now she was more peaceful and let it happen. The flexibility tricks were not so obvious and in your face as last year. Of course her interpretation still needs work but she is on the right track.
Nagasu's skating was slightly better than last year but there was no real commitment to the program. There were moments where the music was just a background noise for her. Her jumps don't look good and IMO the UR/DG marks are correct and it might have something to do with the fact that she doesn't look fit. There is also this certain aura or vibe around her that gives you the impression that she is very uninspired although last year at FT that feeling was even stronger. The positives - the spread eagle to the 2A was nice as were the spins.
Lam was ok. However she is quite slow on the ice and her basic skating laborious. Some of her jumps still very low and muscled.
Olsson was clean but that program has to go. It was flat. Her last year's SP was a lot better.
Suzuki was fab. The program is not 100% there yet but she is on the right track. The program fits her well. She and Lipnistkaia were in the class of their own.
The men's competition was quite boring live.
Hanyu was great. Miles ahead of the rest.
In ice dance Virtue/Moir were clearly the best and their free dance is wonderful. The Polish and Estonian teams were also nice but the Polish team's free dance is quite random. Their music felt random.
She is capable to commit the choreography http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTv2y7ypYMk but the program yesterday was a pale shadow of that Mirai.
Artur Gachinski (RUS)
Music: Anna Karenina (soundtrack)
Black pants. Grey vest over grey shirt.
4T - stepout
3F - e
Very solid skate. I think this program will be a good vehicle for him, it suits him.
Score: 74.14+71.42=145.56, 212.90 and in 1st
Thanks for the link to the excellent YLE livestream, I had no idea I'd be able to see this event. Actually, I didn't realize it was taking place until this morning (real life has kept me away from the computer since Thursday). Managed to catch up with the SPs just in time for the men's LP started. Great stuff, loved Gachinki's program just now.
Yay Artur!!! I hope that gives him some of his confidence back, after last season!
Maciej CIEPLUCHA (POL)
Music: Ragtime (soundtrack)
Black pants. Black vest over white shirt.
4T - twofooted, fall
3Lz+3T - hand down, no speed out
3F - e
StSq - audience clappin along
2A - held on
He looks pleased. Some mistakes, but overall a solid performance
Score: 62.45+69.20-1.00=130.65, 197.51 in 2nd