Tara wasn't clean at nationals. Sure she landed her jumps in the FS, but some of her landings were wonky. Tara skated not to lose the Olympic birth at nationals (understandable after the fall in SP), while she skated to win at the Olympics.
I still don't feel Michelle was cautious either. Lyra was a bit too "one-note", especially after the ridiculously good Rach SP (choreographically speaking). It also lacks the excitement of some of her other FS - namely Tosca and Red Violin.
Gracie's PB is 69-ish, so 68 makes sense with tentative jumps and Olympics inflation. Sotnikova should have about 72-73 points, but if Lipnitskaia gets 72 in Russia, then you can believe Sotnikova would be getting at least 73-74.
I really hope Julia skates clean and gets that medal! She has PB in LP 10 points higher than Adelina and Carolina! I believe in her! Anyway, she is a fighter!
My dream podium would be Yuna, Julia and Adelina in any order! (sorry, but Carolina and Gracie have never been my cup of tea)
I think Lipnitskaia can still pull up to bronze, at the very least, with a clean FS.
3loop didn't have a lot of flow out either and there was a break between the steps and the jump.
2axel was off-axis in the air and had a scratchy landing.
A lot of speed, decent timing but the rest of her skating, presentation-wise still leaves a lot of to be desired. Of course so does Sotnikova's but the point is, it's not like Gold should have a big advantage on the PCS, there were small issues with her jumps and her spins aren't as impressive (although they were very good as well).
It is funny how everyone is praising his/her favorite,criticizing other skaters!Let's enjoy the competition and may the best performance win!
Kostner would have to literally have the skate of her life. Delivering two clean programs for the first time ever and at the Olympics would be sensational for her though.
Weren't you saying prior to this SP that Kostner has no chance at a medal, ptf?
Adelina's score isn't that surprising, given the context. If anything the judges surely knew she needed the most padding in the SP, because she's not exactly consistent in the LP. They had to ensure a Russian on the podium. Similarly for Kostner, she's very lucky for that SP score, given her track record in skating the long program. Their podium finish is not guaranteed.
I think if I/K had royally messed up in the short dance, they would have given Bobrova/Soloviev 3rd place-worthy scores to ensure a bronze in that event.
I have been consistently questioning Sotnikova's PCS marks for what, at least 2 years now? Some fanboy!
More importantly, I think that being a 'fan' (in the negative sense of the word) of any skater shows a lack of critical thinking. The emotional connection means you see everything they do as wonderful and I find that very sad, as you're essentially lying to yourself. I also don't need a skater (or a music group or an actor) in order to define my identity.
The same goes for being 'a hater.' The world is not black and white. Just because I think that Sotnikova's skating is really lacking on the PCS-side, doesn't mean that I am incapable of appreciating how well she is capable of executing her technical elements when she skates to her full potential. And whilst I intensely dislike Sotnikova's skating at this moment in time, if she improves her basics and shows well choreographed programs, actually skated to the music, then my perception of her is obviously going to change accordingly.
It's funny though. I thought people would consider me a Sotnikova hater because I was always going at her PCS scores.
And she has been in an excellent shape recently, so yes, I think she is more likely to skate a clean FS than Kostner at this point.