it will be interesting to see how they treat Canada for Men's skating... they've been big fans of Chan... but this is the Olympics... so either they forget about Team USA because there's no way we'll podium and put all their eggs in Chan's basket or...
May be. But Scott could have tried to convince his bosses that there was a better story line. Better, that is, than, oh this crazy sport, I don't know if the judges in their whimsy or malice will give it to the American girl (yay!) or the foreigner (boo!)Originally Posted by Tinichelle
They could have played it as, here is a chance for the American champion to measure herself against the two-time world champion and reigning Olympic silver medalist, Mao Asada of Japan. Wagner gave an excellent performance, and Asada left the door open by falling on her biggest element - a triple Axel, which no other lady attempts. But Asada had a decisive edge in spin levels and fundamental edging skills, which translates into enough points in the scoring system to keep her safely ahead. And here are the scores...yup, this reflects the gap in the blah, blah, and blah. These are the areas that Wagner needs to focus on as she continues her quest for a third straight U.S. championship and a possible Olympic medal for the good ol' U.S. of A.
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We don't know what the NBC powers that be want, nor what Scott may or may not have said in the conferences. For all we know they've told Scott there are other commentators they could get that would play their game... but Scott has admitted in the past that he has and will do what the director tells him to - even if he doesn't completely agree.
I'm just inclined to think NBC doesn't like the change - because the powers at be don't understand it - so they don't want to support it. Nevermind THEIR outcry in 2002 is what gave major leverage to this system to be put in place.
For example: Asada in this SA. When I watched Asada's FS, I was not sure what scores she would get from her second 3F. To me, it seemed to be underrotated, but in the end, there was no underrotation call in the protocole. Her cautious performance after a hard fall on 3A didn't affect Asada's PCS.
I'm not a fan of Scott and Sandra, but it's understandable the way they do their jobs.
Mao Asada deserved to win the competition. She was the best over the SP+LP and I agree with FlattFan in that it seems, to me, that she has improved in both overall skating skills and speed. This was not a great skate from her, but aside from the fall on the 3A it was pretty clean to the naked eye. I'd say she was about 2-3 points overscored in the PCS in the LP.
Ashley Wagner...well, I like her as a person and think she's making great progress on upping her technical content (3F+3T, just like she said she would!) as well as landing her jumps with such steadiness and confidence...but her programs this year are so blah. Oh, Mr. Wilson, you are amazing but this is such a dud of a Long Program and her SP makes her look like a Shae-Lynn wannabe without Shae-Lynn's natural sensuality but injected with Tonya Harding style. I don't intend to be mean, but this is my honest opinion. I'm so torn, because she's improved greatly in one area and yet disappointed in another. And unfortunately, it's true that her overall basics aren't at Asada's level.
I most enjoyed Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's LP. She botches up her SP but comes dashing out in the Long and performing like a diva (in a good way.) I'm glad Mishin is proud of his fiery little student. It's hard to tell whether her ice coverage has improved, though, from the videos. I remember that was an obvious weakness for her a few years ago at Skate Canada.
I'm so confused. Why are people saying Mao didn't skate well here? She landed the 3A in the SP; yes it was 2-footed but it wasn't a disruptive/jarring 2-foot landing. She finished out the rest of the gorgeous program cleanly. Yes, she fell on her 3A in the FS and took out some of the difficulty but she landed all 5 triple jumps she attempted and got level 4s on everything...how is that not skating well? She didn't get < on any of her triples other than the 3A...the program was very nice and suits her well.
Considering Mao has never been a strong beginning-of-the-season skater and seeing as how she didn't land 5 triples until nationals last year, I thought this was a wonderful start to her season. Yes she was a little overscored but I do think the outcome was 100% correct. What am I missing?
For example, during the NCAA Championship game last year, commentators talked about how Louisville's strategy was about full-court press while U. of Michigan were a finesse team that knew how to handle the ball well. That's not a stat, but very useful information as you watch those teams play.
It would have been beneficial to talk about that while Mao had a tendency to UR jumps sometimes or doesn't have a 3-3 that her skating skills, choreography, etc gives her considerable higher scores in PCS. Or talk about how Ashley struggled with spin levels last season, which is an area that Mao does.
Instead they focus solely on one or two elements (i.e. 3-3 or 3A) so when they don't quite succeed, then people assume it's all over.