While I think Polina and Julia should be marked close, this is probably the margin we will see. Aside from home cooking, Julia has established herself as a top medal contender this season by beating every skater she has faced except Mao. Her marks have risen throughout the season through a number of high quality skates. Julia could not show up to Sochi as an unknown skater and get the high marks she is likely to get.
Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch
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I disagree. Polina should get higher jump GOE, but Julia has better non-jump elements. When it comes to PCS, especially the LP, Julia should score a good amount higher. She has the better programs, transitions, posture, lines and even emotional investment in her music. Polina has lots of talent and some good spunk, but she still looks clunky and 'juniorish', whereas Julia has a nice amount of sophistication already.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
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