Still, that is nothing to "hate" another human being for.
The "smoking gun" are all of the inconsistencies in scoring, the final margin of victory, the appearance of impropriety in the officiating panels etc. Put this together and you get a lot of people screaming Yuna and Carolina got robbed. Did they? I'm not 100% sure, but I know that when I see smoke, I know it's worth checking to see if there is a fire.
I will get back to this thread later but I want to thank Blade of Passion for taking on this difficult task. This is the type of analysis (along with the stickied one in Figure Skating Reference forum) I was looking forward to. Big kudos to Blades of Passion and I hope s/he will not be discouraged by the nonsensical twist some try to make on this fine effort.
Assuming BoP's analysis is accurate, if the rule is interpreted as the 5 different types of turns and each of those 5 have to be done in both directions, then she did not do it. If the rule is interpreted as doing 5 different types in each, then she did as she did 6 different types total with 5 different types in each direction. It is not a well-written rule. This is where an equally detailed comparison to Yuna and Carolina's step sequences would be helpful to see if they lost a level by violating only one interpretation or both.
Didn't Yuna say she lost a level in the short program step sequence? Maybe we should compare the Olympic sp stepsequence w/another competition where she got it right, to see if she missed the right number of turns. If she did, then that might settle the question.
My coach (who is a US Regional-level TS and receives clarifications constantly via email and goes to tech school at least 1X per year) understands the rule to be as BoP does - 5 and 3 in EACH direction - when constructing step sequences for her skaters.
In addition, here is the link to USFS for the rules (only because it's easier to find than the correct communication on ISU's page):
1) Minimum variety (Level 1), simple variety (Level 2), variety (Level 3), complexity (Level 4) of turns and steps throughout (compulsory)
2) Rotations (turns, steps) in either direction (left and right) with full body rotation covering at least 1/3 of the pattern in total for each rotational direction
3) Use of upper body movements for at least 1/3 of the pattern
4) Two different combinations of 3 difficult turns (rockers, counters, brackets, twizzles, loops) quickly executed with a clear rhythm within the sequence
With clarification below:
Types of turns (executed on one foot) : three turns, twizzles, brackets, loops, counters, rockers.
Types of steps (executed on one foot whenever possible) : toe steps, chasses, mohawks, choctaws, curves with change of edge, cross-rolls, running steps.
Minimum variety must include at least 5 turns & 2 steps, none of the types can be counted more than twice.
Simple variety must include at least 7 turns & 4 steps, none of the types can be counted more than twice.
Variety must include at least 9 turns and 4 steps, none of the types can be counted more than twice.
Complexity must include at least 5 different types of turns and 3 different types of steps all
executed at least once in both directions.
Use of upper body movements means the visible use for a combined total of at least 1/3 of the pattern of the step sequence any movements of the arms, head and torso that have an effect on the balance of the main body core.
Two combinations of difficult turns are considered to be the same if they consist of the same turns done in the same order, on the same edge and on the same foot.
BoP can be opinionated, but he/she has proved to be a wonderful analyst of moves and layouts, and this evaluation forms a good take-off point for a discussion. Look, Adelina won the gold medal. No one from GS has the power to get it taken away. So what's the harm in examining the ladies' skating programs in detail, as we've done in many past competitions, including the Nagano Olympics and the Battle of the Brians in 1988?
I wasn't really rooting for anybody, either, so I am unbiased.
It is hurtful to read replies that imply or say outright that I hate Adelina or that I'm a Yunabot or a Russophobe (@ Sky_Fly_: that is the correct spelling) etc. I'm none of those things. I follow men's skating much more than ladies, in any case.
My interest in this has nothing to do with the skaters and everything to do with fairness and transparency and working together towards a JS with minimum subjectivity and maximum objectivity. Of course I realise that that is a tall order. I'm with USFSA in this: judges' nationalities, names, scores and connections have to become open to the public.
I want to see FS thrive, not decline even further!
PS: I copied the rules from US Figure Skating's IJS page (because it's easier to find) which is taken from the ISU page AND the like, so looking at BoP's analysis, if he has gotten the steps/turns wrong or missed some, please point those out; otherwise, I don't see where he's "hating on Sotnikova".
No one has analyzed Yuna's because she got a L3.