LOL - I'm hesitant to even post more on this topic but here goes.
As stated ad nauseum, I think one of the things most of us find frustrating about the judging in this sport is inconsistent application of the rules. It still cracks me up that the application of the rule in THIS case has caused such a stir.
One thing I'm curious about, and I'm sincere with this question because I honestly don't know. The assumption has been put forward that this time limit rule is broken with some frequency and but rarely enforced. (and if that's the case, it's not right in my opinion) The only specific example I've heard about thus far where the rule was broken and apparently not enforced was Michelle's SP at US Nationals where she was timed at 2:43, at least according to ESPN/ABC. Does anyone know of other specific examples, or a web link or something where detailed information can be found?
I would sure hope that since this particular rule is well within the skater's own control that skaters would be smart enough not to take a risk of a deduction when they have so many other things to focus on. So I really question how often this rule is really broken??
Just curious if anyone has more factual information.