I am consistently amused by the aftermath of competitions after (predictable) controversial calls and system wide over marking (national interest) than the competition themselves. To enable TPTB to go even more bat crazy with justification and all this non sense about 'momentum' building based on over marking is just hilarious and often too absurd not to laugh. Guess what, Mao's next 2 competitions is in Japan, then 1 in Russia Hmmm... I simply CAN NOT wait for more magic potion effect by the time of NHK!!! Maybe we will see 135 with Four triples Mao. 3A, 3/3, 2A3T still not necessary That beat her incredible 2010 WC FS... oh really?! We might as well get more rule changed and it all over and done with. Why not just create more reward for hypothetical maximum 'efforts' and see even more increase values for step sequences and 3loops. Why not just make 3loop and 3A mandatory?! Oh why not just fix it already!!!
It seems the tech panel list does include Shin Amano, but since when did he get demoted (punished) to ASSISTANT technical caller? Does that mean he can get his calls over turned? I'd be curious if there are records of calls over turned on these protocol spreadsheets.
In a way, it is hard not to sympathise for Mao fans and their desperate attempt to protect her reputation by hog the boards. Imagine years of waiting for something semi decent outside her own country. MaoKakaPao!! It explain the passive aggressive mob tactic these past few pages of the Skate America thread. Anyone who dares to question her mark and her prone to UR (regardless of expertise level, non affiliation, from multiple sources and languages of the international press circle) is suddenly branded a hater and being called biased as some sort of vindication. Uhh... hello? The problem is still there?! It doesn't just miraculously go away when you attempt censorship. To continue to do so can make Mao looks even worse. Hush critics through name calling is entirely ridiculous and silly. Biases exist everywhere, == we all same, and please look up the word hypocrite?
As far as I can see, no one hate Mao, no one think she shouldn't be the winner at this competition, but many do think the marks are over scored/out of control, and calls have been ridiculously lenient. So just chillax, take it easy. Consider Four triples Mao herself isn't so happy with her own performance, so why are the defenders going bat crazy trying to hush all the comments with her 'effort' argument? Feed backs are important, good or bad, it is how one learn to improve.
For the record, I praised her SP before (when the music track fit), but dislike her Swan lake for its COP program construct, interpretation and performance. The foot sequence is an exercise of good technical design and skating skills but were at complete odds with the rest of the program and theme, that practically heckle the judges for marks and stood out to an imbalanced program. Hardly cohesive performance or design, nor are all performed with the same degree of energy and artistic effort. Mao is one of those transparent skater (her best quality but greatest weaknesses) that goes: I hit 3A, I am happy, then rest of the performance usually goes okay. If she didn't hit the 3A, the rest goes a bit crap and a battle to finish like her FS here. To put it simply, her FS was not a good performance that justified the mark. Her mark shouldn't be anywhere ear 130 Olympic Joannie Level or even her previous 130+ level, and some of her PCS marks are highly questionable consider what she actually did ON THE DAY. A bunch of 9.75 and 9.5 for PCS. Oh really?! So others have max ceiling of 10, Mao need to have a maximum ceiling of 15 now?
My first impression of Rach 2 was that it not that different in her Swan Lake in program construct. A very expensive piece of over priced premium steak with no seasoning and undercooked with a blow torch. Once again, the team is hoping that the prestige of the music and cultural legitimacy can compensate for any inadequacy of artistry/creativity of the program.. so imagine me ROTFLMAO when hearing the British lady commentator for Eurosport come up with practically exactly the same feedback and feelings with what I felt about her Swan Lake program last year. Opinion validated by the 6 time British national champion, not bad. It seems German commentators were underwhelmed by the performance too, so are the Russians, and some Americans like Phil, except Wagner ofcourse who happen to share the same sport agency as Mao, whos knows fully well where the GPF is taking place this year. Hey who knows her nice comments may just increase her +3 PCS points at the GPF. Interesting interesting....