The problem with this TES v. PCS split is the application is wildly inconsistent. Skaters with excellent technical ability receives low PCS so they spend lots of time to improve that side of mark then they go to the most important competition of their lives and realize that PCS doesn't really matter (or it doesn't matter in a way they thought it would) - that's essentially duping the athletes. The other way around as well. The system must be honest.
In Sochi, Adelina was the only skater of the top three ladies that actually screwed up on one of her jumps AND her artistry was objectively inferior to Carolina and Yuna's artistic components. Across the board on every single program component, she should have been at least one point behind Carolina and Yuna. So while it's great that Adelina cobbled together two mostly clean programs (which is something she pretty much never did up to that point), she did not deserve to win the gold medal that night in Sochi. Her programs were ugly, ugly, ugly (well, her LP sure was) and her skating lacked finesse, elegance and flow.
Two very different stories...
What was really stinking that Sotnikova with this programme (jumps from flat palms and wrong edges. underrotated 2 foots jump etc.) got 9s and many high 9s accros the bord.
It first time looked like an "agreement" with most of the judges involved PRIOR the competition.
That is the only reason why so many fans mentioned the name of Putin.
The same facts was also annoying concerning to the points of Virtue/Moir compare to Davis/White. They arteficially has been kept lower in each elements (getting +1,+2) and THAT made Ilinykh/ Katsalapov points much too close to theirs, because they deserved these +1,+2s (unless Virtue/Moir, who could get +3+4 compair to them...)
For me, there was also a quality about it that actually seemed angry and made the program almost painful to watch. This is a purely subjective opinion, of course, but this thread is about artistry and artistry is subjective by nature.
I could easily be talked into an upgrade on Hughes and Lipinski.
For Sotnikova, to me her performance was fine in the "art, flow and grace" department. What can I say? I thought her performance was satisfactorily artsy, flow-y and graceful. It held my interest. She had the misfortune of skating against three competitors who have outstanding talent in this regard, Asada, Kim and Kostner, who can make anyone look ordinary by comparison.
It is not clear how much "artistry" counts in the Olympics. Kim is not more artistic than Asada, but Kim won handily in 2010. Arakawa is graceful, but so was Sasha Cohen. It didn't help Sasha. (Well, maybe it did, for silver.) Hughes is not more artistic than Kwan, but Michelle fell and missed her combo. Oksana Baiul out-gracefulled Nancy Kerrigan; Kerrigan should have won anyway, but she didn't.
It is hard to draw any conclusions.
When somebody's favorite skater retires, they retaliate by trashing the rest of the skating field. This is not a healthy way to cope. Find somebody else to root for.
Last edited by Mathman; 03-16-2014 at 03:09 PM.