Sometimes I really don't like the figure skating forums
When it comes down to it, if Kim goes clean, it doesn't matter how well Mao skates. If Kim makes errors, one would hope that Mao's jumps are indeed rotated such that if Mao does beat Kim it's because she has earned it and not because she's being given the benefit of the doubt. I expect a lot of scrutiny when it comes to landings in the Olympics... this isn't like a national competition where it doesn't matter if the favourites are called for URs because they'll win anyways... the world will be watching and you can bet there will be slow-mo replays of the landings and tech specialists who give favours will be put behind the 8-ball.
New article entitled: 'Asada relishing showdown with archrival'. It reads:-
"Since Vancouver I have repeatedly re-adjusted my jumps from scratch," [Asada] told reporters in Tokyo over the weekend, saying she now felt more confident as a result.
"Now I'm finally beginning to feel the effect of what I have gained in the three years since Vancouver."
"I believe I have stepped up since Skate America. I want to work hard so that I take my programme to a higher level," she added.
"I have no worries. I have practised in a way that lets me get rid of those fears," she said.
"My jumps are getting quite steady so I think I can now aim higher."
Her silver medal in Vancouver owed much to three triple axels she landed in two programmes, the only woman to have done so.
Asada said she might repeat the same feat in Sochi. "I have come to believe I can land two triple axels (in the free skate)."
Looking ahead to the Winter Games, Asada said: "It will really be a huge inspiration for me if I can skate together with (Kim) on the big and supreme stage and at the centre of attention, as we did in Vancouver.
"It will be great if we can show each other what we have."
I wish the skaters' fans could respect each other as much as these rivals do.
That's the problem when "underrotations" and "wrong edges" are considered a more serious crime against figure skating than "falling." The judges can choose not to scrutinize the favorites as closely as the non-favorites. I'm not saying that they are doing this, but it sounds like some people are accusing them of looking the other way when it's a star ur'ing and wrong edging.
Frankly, I do not want to see Mao, YuNa or Carolina on the podium. I'm sick to death of the three of them (least sick of YuNa, the best of the three). I'm sick of Mao's dark, heavy music and I'm sick of Carolina messing up and still winning. I'd be happy to see any other three people on that podium--Ashley, Gracie, any one of the Russian girls, Akiko, Miki Ando coming back from maternity leave. . .
But I think it's pretty much set with YuNa getting her second gold, Mao getting her second silver and Carolina getting her bronze. Possibly one of the Russian girls can unseat Carolina, but it's not likely.
Remember Asada's base value in the LP is like 10 points away. That would not just be easily made up by Kim if Asada skated cleanly.
Mao's SP is sublime, my favotite SP thus far. Love Gracies too and Akiko's. Also love love love everything Adam Rippon does. He is the most elegant guy since young Jeremy. He makes Jeremy look like the younger guy. But as for ladies, Mao's SP should get huge numbers if skated well. I like her LP but not as much.
I would love to see this butterfly win. She's a phenom...a triple axel jumper who also floats. No one like her. Sadly, I think Kim will go clean/minor mistakes and win. It would be a great end to the rivalry to switch spots, but I think a couple Russian girls may upset this podium. Just skate well ladies. If we hap a top 10 like at Vancouver, we will be blessed.
I'd rather watch clean doubles than badly underrotated triple jumps but maybe that's just me.
And Kostner has done loop combinations in the past and IIRC they were never underrotated unlike Mao's.
Kostner's jumps are, generally speaking, of very good quality, high and VERY rarely underrotated. Mao OTOH can't even rotate her double loops but some of her fans are turning a blind eye on that. Unfortunately, the judges this season have chosen to do the same.