Hello Everyone -- I'm sure many of you watched this afternoon's Skate America television broadcast. After quite a while of not watching these competitions, it was great to tune in again and enjoy the knowledgeable commentary of Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic, and Tom Hammond. While I still miss the old scoring system and the rush of seeing those 6.0s.....it is what it is.
IMHO, Ashley Wagner won the long program, hands down, and she should have won the title. OK, I did not see the short program, which Osada won handily, but doesn't the long program carry much more weight in the final score? Wagner had a few minor errors (two-footed landing), but otherwise, she skated aggresively and "nailed" her jumps. It was a championship-caliber performance. Osada, on the other hand, fell on her triple axel, doubled a planned triple in one of her combinations, and made other mistakes. The final score was relatively close; however, the best long program did not win.
One reason I stopped watching figure skating was the bias of the judges. Thank Heavens the Cold War is over, but it definitely appeared, to me at least, that the judges were scoring on reputation (with Osada being the 2010 Olympic silver medalist and a great skater) and Wagner (with a less impressive resume).
Thanks for reading my two cents! It should be a very exciting Olympic season. All the best to the wonderful skaters!!