Kostner did not complete a 7 triple program. She had no triple-triple combination. She did however complete a double axel + triple toe(?).
Me, I think Carolina was underscored and should have won both SP and FS. But OTOH, I think her beautiful programs mean that beautiful, graceful, artistic, Clean programs still exist IJS has not destroyed the sport Suspect judging has also not left the sport, I'm sad to say, but that's a different proposition.
To be honest, I thought Carolina telegraphed all of her jumps. Yes after re-watching the skates again, I think Yuna should have won. I still think Mao should have won FP though. Over all Yuna should have won because of her PCS. Yes, Adelina was awesome last night but her PCS isnt' on par with Yuna or Carolina. The only person(PCS) on par with Yuna and Carolina is Mao Asada.
Unfortunately in figure skating, you only get that one moment. There's no repeat or replay. So you have to make a lasting impression to the judges at that moment.
Side note... one major difference for these two Olympics versus 2014 is that both Oskana and Tara went after Nancy and Michelle. I truly believe if everyone gave the exact program but switched the order, the results would have been reversed. There is a scoring bias for skaters who go later in the event.
This cannot be said for Yuna with the long program. However, it is definitely true regarding the short program. If Yuna had went in the last group and skated her short program, her lead would have been a lot larger which may have been enough to win again.
Had Yu-Na competed in the GP she'd have had momentum on her side and likely would have scored higher in both programs. Yu-Na's first performances usually set her base score for the season and in each outing she builds on it. I honestly didn't think Yu-Na's Bond performance in Vancouver was better than her performance at TEB that year yet she topped that score by several points.
A lot of skating is about momentum and, despite the fact Yu-Na is world champ, no one had really seen her all season long and I do think that hurt her scoring here.
The starting order has something to do with it too but even that can be attributed to her not competing on the GP this year. She didn't have enough points to get her into the later groups b/c she didn't compete this year...
SA was a great one But see? We both think that one of her previous performances outranked her Olympic performance even though the Olympic performance outscored both by 2 points.
I miss the beautiful spirals of Michelle and Sasha. *sigh*
But, an athlete who can just do what to do ... not has place for aesthetics.
Because this, Yuna is aesthetics and Adelina is not.
To me, seeing technical proficiency and difficulty performed is beautiful to watch. Artistry is artistry, but even an exceptionally executed technical skate should still be appreciated even if it is devoid of artistry. Just like many artistic skates without the high difficulty or errors can also be appreciated.
I find it hilarious that all of a sudden Adelina doesn't have an artistic bone in her body when she has generally receive PCS scores just behind the top 3 all season, along with Akiko and Ashley when they have skated well. Somehow coming close to matching Yuna on PCS now makes her a sloppy, third tier skater.