The ISU is setting the stage for Mao Asada to win a gold medal in Sochi. The fact that her cheated "triple" jumps are being ratified is a sign that technical specialists have been instructed to turn a blind eye to Asada's underrotated jumps. She will be unbeatable for anyone but Kim and Kostner, considering her huge PCS and unique ability to underrotate all of her jumps and have the technical panels turn a blind eye to it.
Pretty sad if Mao wins the OGM especially considering how her jumping ability has been declining since at about 2008 and she can't even do a triple lutz or a 3-3 combo.
4CC 3A<, 3F3Lo<, 3Flutz, 2A3T<, 2S, 3F2Lo2Lo, 3Lo =3triples+ 1 flutz+ 3 under-rotated triple jumps (3A, 3Lo, 3T)
World 3A, 3F<, 3Flutz, 2A3T, 3S, 3F2Lo2Lo<, 3Lo2Lo =5triples+ 1 flutz+ 1 under-rotated triple jump (3F, 2Lo)
WTT 2A, 3F3Lo<, 3Flutz, 2A2T, 3S<,3F<2Lo2Lo<, 3Lo =2triples +1 flutz+ 3 under-rotated triple jumps (3Lo, 3S, 3F, 2Lo)
JOpen 3A, 3F2Lo, 3Flutz, 2A2T, 3S<, 3F2Lo2Lo, 3Lo =4triples+ 1 flutz+1 under-rotated triple jump (3S)
SA 3A<, 3F2Lo, 3Flutz, 2A2T, 3S, 3F2Lo<2Lo<, 3Lo =4triples+ 1 flutz+ 1 under-rotated triple jump (3A, 2Lo, 2Lo)
NHK 3A<, 3F2Lo, 3Flutz, 2A3T, 2S, 3F2Lo2Lo, 3Lo =4triples+ 1 flutz+ 1 under-rotated triple jump (3A)
I found that this year Asada always received negative GOE on her 3A. Half of them were under-rotated.
She always landed flutz and her 3-2-2 attempts were often under-rotated.
She couldn't bring triple-triple combination and her 2A3T and 3S were inconsistent.
Asada can plan 8 triples, but unfortunately she mostly lands 4 triples, 1 flutz, and one under-rotated triple jump at best.
Well, I guess all this commotion is because Mao si doing very well lately , a lot of people didnt expected it and thought Yu-Na would be have the easy way, sorry but no, Mao is so competitive like Yuna, however calm down, I even think that Yuna has more probabilities of win because she almost never fall and she get tons of scores because goes and pcs, let Mao alone, she has all right to try it anyway.
For me, I think the main difference between the Mao/Yu-Na rivalry this year as opposed to 2010 is that it feels like Mao really wants it (OGM) more this go around than Kim does. It just doesn't feel like Yu-Na's heart has completely been in the game since after winning the OGM in 2010.
That being said... wanting something badly has never meant solid delivery for Mao, unfortunately. Yu-Na is also extremely talented and can skate amazing, clean programs even when it feels like she'd rather be off doing something else. :-/
^ It's good to see you posting again, bethissoawesome.
Yuna didn't need a second world title. But she delivered her best ever Worlds performance several years after she won everything (including Olympic gold). Whatever problems she may face in Sochi, it won't be lack of motivation.
I don't know. I'll reserve judgment until I actually see Kim this season. I would agree that Kostner is out of the race (for now) though. I'd say Wagner might have a better chance of medalling than her at this point, although only a slightly better chance.
Most of Mao's jumps are less than 1/4 under which makes them "IJS clean". They are usually borderline, but ratifiable. Some of the 3A's she's gotten a serious benefit of the doubt on with the free foot landing simultaneous to the correct landing foot (which is usually at least a < call and often a << call)