That's right about Adelina's high jumps - this is praised and this is where her long preparation phase delivered; except for that weak landing after one combo. The 2nd half of the progran also matters. I think Adelina's program was buit for giant technical score like Russian programs usually are. However, that's why component score was invented: to make skaters intrepret the music, not just do the elements. This is where I feel that the values of figure skating have been betrayed. Had they been betrayed just emotionally or also technically - I think we have to see the protocol to tell that.
Updated: fans are doing their own move-by-move; they compare videos and now they say there was a flutz in Sotnikova's first combo. The scandal is obviously a snowball that doesn't grow less. Myself, I'm glad I got involved and I just hope all these official and unofficial discussions will help to make figure skating of future better than it is today.
It's rather upsetting to think otherwise. I've read a number of articles since yesterday, most of them thanks to the links I found in this forum. Thanks to all of you! However, this one article made me particularly sad:
Maybe figure skating really has no values like this writer thinks and it's only tolerated because scandals and weird dresses entertains the public but it doesn't feel fair to me. People do this sport all life and it's a hard work. They deserve something beautiful in the end.
The values of figure skating has been betrayed not only because of the judging but mainly because of the skater that has been bullied, death threats and malaise on that being. Skaters will never feel the same way about skating again. There will always be that doubt that if they win, there will be controversy about judging and the public and fans reaction to their win. Do you think that they are going about their business and not thinking about what happened event.