Her fans insist that Adios cannot be performed with strong expressions, power or lots of details, that it should be languid and slow, with lots of coy poses....ugh...but the piece is full of musical nuances, it really takes a great like Buttle or a Chan to express them. I agree with you that Tuk's and Lu's were better too, but Buttle's the best at skating to the piece with sheer brilliance, imho.
I agree that Adios seemed rather muted to me and I thought the music cut was incoherent. Wilson's programmes this year have all be blergh. However, some part of me wonders if Adios is one of those pieces that grow on you after repeated viewing as opposed to one of those warhorse pieces that sucks you in right away.
As for the judging at Sochi, it's so obvious the score was rigged. But my thought is, even if ISU agree to show us who give which scores, the judges can always use the reason that they simply favored Adelina's energetic program. The tech panel can always say that, oh, we are sorry, we made some mistake at the step sequence, we forgot a call on Adeline's wrong edge, but even with those mistakes, her score is still higher. About the drastic raise of PCS, they can always reply: "she has improved a lot, we see that with out bare eyes." End of story.
Unless the judges admit they rigged the scores, like what happened in Salt Lake City, or there is any documents, emails, video tape, records show that they were planning to cheat from the beginning, otherwise we can do nothing to prove.
I think Sotnikova had a very gusty, energetic skate, but I don't think she was "crisp" at all (or perhaps our definitions of crisp differ). I think her skating is raw, abandoned, and strong, but also rough. Her jumps don't flow with the rest of her choreography, and she flails about in the middle of her LP.
Despite hitting the snooze button throughout Adios Nonino and being perplexed at the music cut, I think it's a slap in the face to Kim to say that she chose an easy program or that her choreography wasn't complex enough. She's repeatedly stated that Adios is the hardest program she's skated and she thought of switching programs due to the difficulty. You might not like her presentation, but you can't say the difficulty of the choreography wasn't there. Every move flowed into one another, and there was no "blank periods" where Kim took a rest by skating around aimlessly (like Kostner did in Bolero and several other skaters in their LPs).
On a side note, I would hate to see skaters discouraged from opting for more nuanced and subtle programs in the future because they'll get dinged in favor of rowdy programs that bash the viewers over their heads with energy. From the feedback that Adios Nonino received, I'm afraid that might be the case.
I understand your points but calling people's opinions B.S. really is a fruitless endevour.
That's great you were over the moon for her performanceThe "Kim might've won if she presented her programs more" argument is a b.s. excuse.
Not everyone was. I think that is ok. No need to insult people over it.