2) Their PCS was much lower for radically different programs and their PCS was too low to begin with, however, I agree that the current amount was ridiculous and Adelina's was insanity. When too high PCS of 33/69 becomes 36/75. something is seriously wrong. However PCS according to ISU regulations is never to be punished by isolated jump errors, especially when there was only two. Ex: Carolina had two falls, and at least two other errors in the FS at Euros,nevertheless she received 71 PCS even higher than she's received at other competitions. Mao also enjoyed a remarkable raising of PCS from 64 to 69 last season.
3) In the FS Gracie skated significantly better components-wise, and Julia was two points too high and Addelina at least 6 points too high, but PCS is really just numbers pulled out of thin air, sometimes.
4)I would just quibble about the four Yulia received on jumps, three of which were discarded, but they all still should have been +2s at the most. The real problem is the +3 Caro and Yuna didn't receive. The rest of the +3s Yulia received on spins which she fully deserves, with a few on the ChSq and one on level 3 steps (which was also discarded, but the remainder were all +2s). I don't think anyone can argue with those, only with the four +3 received for jumps.
The insidethegames article stated it comes down to a close votes of 51 to 47; just 4 votes difference is what separate them with favourite candidate city PyeongChang. Had it been a fair contest, Olympics would have taken place in Pyeongchang 2014 instead of 2018. Then for sure we will have a different podium finish.
Yet at Sochi 2014 - against all the odds, all 3 world champions ladies put out career best FS on the day and went practically clean (what are the chances of that ever happening in this sport?! Let alone at the Olympics?!), particularly Kim with her high benchmark scores who drew last to skate! This means to ensure a gold for the Russians, a tainted judge panel will have to put up all stops to ensure the score is so high and out of reach, and in doing so risks higher chance of being exposed. They put out 149, 148 was Kim last WC score. Had the 3 ladies faltered in anyway and skated earlier and Sotnikova skate last, the score wouldn't need to be high as 149 but something like 139/140, then whole thing could have been swept under the carpet and nobody would be asking any questions. Kostner's previous highest PB in FS at a major international skating competition was 131.03 at WC 2013. Mao's incredible 8 triples program will certainly to be targeted like Kim's was with lower GOEs and PCS, they will find some way (Her PB was 136.33 NHK 2013) .
The funny thing is had Yuna Kim not succeeded in Vancouver in such spectacular fashion putting out her 1st clean back to back skate of her career set up extreme record at 150, she wouldn't be as effective to win the bid for PyeongChang 2018 for Korea that maybe rightfully theirs in 2014. She could have retired, she could have been a more selfish person and not help Korea in anyway, yet she came back and did 148 at WC2013 despite the changed rules after Vancouver that greatly disadvantaged skaters without a 3loop. Had she not skated brilliantly as she did here and still lost by 5 points, then nobody will be asking any of these questions and investigate into the dark past of this sport. Afterall, no skater in this sport has a larger fan base than Kim including the attentions of members of the international press, largely due to Vancouver. Funny how the Olympic Gods worked this one out.
Maybe this shows how Frank really knows how to play the politics of the competition. He probably thought shutting up would serve his skater no purpose, although of course he didn't look good doing so.
Since the competition was rigged I don't think it matters how fast they skated, ice coverage, music, temp, none of it mattered. All the Russian girls had to do was stay upright to finish 1-2.
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