I also think the dance gold/silver were already fixed before competition since the media has been talking pretty much the same for quite a while. but on the other hand, I'm not a judge and won't dig into it. I just love V/M's dancy skate. Don't get any dance feeling from D/W.
I'm angry with the scoring, but I don't blame Sotnikova herself.
This article is really sweet. It's really nice how she's inspired by the win instead of deciding to give up right after- I like her attitude. Usually after someone wins an OGM they feel like they've accomplished everything there is to accomplish- she wants to go on to win more events and prove herself. I like that.
Whatever one thinks about the judging, it is entirely unsuitable to insult the skater. Sotnikova did just one thing: her best. If you prefer her skating, fine. If you prefer YuNa's skating, fine. If you see reasons to doubt the judging, fine. But the skater is above reproach.
I don't see any case that Kwan could have won in 98 or 02. She was not exciting to watch in 98 and didn't have better tech content either. In 02, she fell. If Hughs had not won, it would have been someone else.
Mao has tech defects in her jumps and underrotates from time to time. Otherwise she would n't spend 4 years trying to fix them. she too doesn't have all the triples.
Whether a skater is one of the great ever is subjective to me. And I don't want to talk about it. Sotnikova skates for herself, her family, her coaches. I'd watch her any given day rather than Kwan, Mao.
This is unbelievably obtuse to say that no win for her will ever be taken seriously. No win in Russia, maybe, but that can be said for Julia too. Outside of Russia, if Sotnikova manages to win, I'm sure (or hoping) it will be because she's earned it.
As mentioned, it's nice that she's inspired by her win instead of trying to cash in and call it a career, as others have in the past. Perhaps in 2018, she can become a repeat champion, although it's highly unlikely given the young and upcoming talent, as well as the fact that South Korea will not allow her to win again, even if she's landing quads.
so Im back to Sotnikova's bandwagon
I was one of her biggest supporter in the forum
until her full headcase fallout in 2012, nothing more off putting than an inconsistent skater
I will watch for Radionova next season as she might do better than Julia next season also
Im starting to fall in love with Elena