Great effort BOP. I have been looking for such an analysis, yours is the first I have seen, and it reveals what many of us have suspected. I don't think many of us have the knowledge to do a similar analysis.
Great analysis, BOP - that's the best one I've read so far.
Question for everyone: who else disagrees with the results and knows the rules in-depth like BoP? It would be awesome if you could get a group together for a collaborative blog to dissect the results in Sochi, and gear it towards the casual fan - at the very least it would help people learn more about the sport and what goes into the scoring.
I would love to see a step-by step analysis of the free skates of Yuna, Adelina, Carolina and Mao (Mao especially because of the "Adelina won because her BV was bigger").
And no, I do not hate Adelina. If anything, I feel sorry for her!
She's very good, she's very young, and I'm sure that 8 years from now she'd rather remember winning a well deserved bronze in 2014 and possibly a well-deserved gold in 2018 - instead of forever being aware that millions of people think that she didn't deserve that Sochi gold. The more evidence I find about this fix, the worse I feel for her She's so young and by all accounts a sweet girl, she didn't deserve this!
A solid analysis, but I think we all know the answer to why it was called a level 4. At any rate, she loses only about 0.7 points for a level 3 and the same GOE.
I agree though that unless other skaters' footwork sequences are also analyzed, this is quite apparently a (yet ANOTHER) blatant anti-Sotnikova thread.
The truth is that the technical panel cannot determine the level of a step sequence precisely because of humanly constraints. It's impossible to count and keep track of all the different edge works and turns, especially going from Level 3 to Level 4. My guess is they were all borderline cases. When things are borderline, that's when bias comes in to play.
I deleted my original post due to incorrect information (usa today did not analyse Sot's spin. I got confused with one of their articles pointing out possible fix). But still, I do not agree with Sot's TES mainly because of the overlooked mistakes on her jumps.
By the way, thank you for your post, BOP.
That was awesome analysis! I truly believe that you know more about skating than Tara now, lol.
Seriously, I know this is a lot to ask, but could you provide a similar analysis for Yuna and Carolina to provide some comparison? This will ensure the Adelina lovers that this is not so much about hate for their skater, but as more evidence that the judging/officiating was unbalanced in support of her. Thanks!
Is this thread really necessary? Why don't you just add it to one of the other 50 other threads on basically the same subject?