All those Vera Wangs she wore..
tbh I'm not a huge fan of Vera Wang's stuff, but she really is the only high fashion mogul who is consistently doing skating dresses. Actually, the last time I even liked a Vera Wang red carpet dress was like Michelle Williams in 2005.
Wang is unique in that she's the only high fashion designer out there who actually has a skating background. Her simple, uncluttered looks always appeal to me but understatement isn't everyone's cup of tea! I didn't know that she was still designing costumes -- hadn't heard much about her recently, although haven't exactly been focused on that, either.
Adelina has other 3-3s too, so it's just a little baffling that she opted for the easiest in the SP.
3Lz-3Lo is a hugely difficult combination and often gets unfairly downgraded. That's also why she chickened out on it in the Sochi LP. She didn't personally pay the bribes or make the backroom deals herself, so she didn't know if she'd get 3Lz-3Lo ratified.
Her 3Lz-3T is always flutzed and underrotated.
She does not start 3-3 combinations with 3F for obvious historical reasons.
I have not heard of her ever doing 3Lo-3 or 3S-3 combinations.
So she did 3T-3T, because it is relatively easy to do a big, impressive-looking 3T-3T combination for great GOE, and GOE for all the triples T through Lz is the same.
Oh, I still think Sarah Hughes is the worst ever. At least Adelina can fully rotate those triples! Adelina has the talent to be truly extraordinary, and she probably has more good years in her than Sarah Hughes did. Still, it's hard to argue against Sarah's win considering the circumstances and the scoring system. Irina skated poorly and Michelle fell, which was an unforgivable sin under 6.0. There was real pressure to give the win to the cleanest skate thanks to the pairs fiasco. Adelina's gold is suspect at best.
Adelina easily had a better performance than Hughes but in the context of the competitions, it's way sketchier that Adelina won over clean Yuna and Carolina than Hughes who beat sloppy performances.