This is a continuation of this old archived thread from last season
Great performance by Sotnikova in the free skate today at TEB. I thought Ashley Wagner's PCS scores were completely ludicrous, and that Sotnikova deserved to win despite the 6 point deficit from the short program. It was a shame that Sotnikova's SP was not as good as it was at the Cup of China, because had it been, then she would have won anyway. I hope today's performance is something of breakthrough for Sotnikova and that she can move on from here to start putting two clean programs together in the same competition. I liked that she converted the 3Z+3T combination to a 3Z+2T, and the 3F+2T+2R combination to a 3F+2T, and that that seemed to make her more confident going into the free program. Its far better to do that and skate clean, than to fall as she has done in the past.
Today's result probably makes Sotnikova the favourite for the 2nd spot on the Russian Olympic team (with Lipnitskaya almost certain to make the team in terms of the 1st spot), especially having beaten Pogorilaya and with Tuktamysheva apparently injured.