Indeed it is transparent, of the judges!
Sorry, cuon_alpinus, it's really hard to take the slideshow with even a modicum of seriousness after that.
I don't mean to bash or belittle Yuna, but personally I think her FS this year is her weakest programs since Vancouver, thanks to David Wilson. Her SP program was not that exceptional comparing to her previous ones either.
How many times I have to say this over and over again, that lots of people who are not her hatters have the feeling that Yuna's performance that day was not the strongest?
Even at the beginning of the season, people had stated Mao has the strongest programs of all the ladies. Had she skated in the last group, with that performance, there would be no way her score would be lower than 145, and no way lower than anyone if the score were fair even though she wouldn't medal.
And Caro even got higher PCS than Mao in worlds, which was rightfully deserved her skating skills is undoubtedly the best, despite her inconsistence. And frankly, she was more charming on the ice than most ladies.
There is one most important point you all forgot:
From what I understand, figure skating is scored based on LIVE performance, not repeated video clips. And the judges give the scores based on the performance they have just watched right away, they only 3-5 minutes to review all the elements and execution.
If you fail to impress the judges right away at that exactly moment, then it's your disadvantage. Because the judges have no time to rewatch your program a hundred/thousand times like your fans. They only watch you perform live once and give out the score only once.
So obviously the first impression is the most important because that is the only time they judge you!
You chose a less bright and exciting music than other, a so so choreography (not your fault anyway) and perform it on the day you were little bit off (partly because of the hostile crowd)---> it's so obvious why some people think you were flat.
Remember, judges watch it once time, and 3-4 minutes to review, not a thousand times to absorb the so-called deep meaning/sorrowful/sentiment that you want to express and expect them to understand because they have no time to see it's there in your program.
Figure skating is the sport/art of only one time impression.
Overall I think Adelina was overscored and Kim/Kostner were robbed, but there would be no way I can rearrange my feeling and overall impression of the ladies event that day.
Kim was off, still exceptional graceful, outstanding consistent but less exciting.
Kostner was more charming than all the ladies.
Adelina was the most energetic and exciting to watch.
And last but not least, Mao was the most emotional and moving of that day. And if you know about the history of Rachmaninov concerto no 2 which he composed it after a long break down with suicidal attempt, numerous times visiting mental Psychiatrist because of a series of previous failures, you would understand that Mao was the most expressive skater that day. The background of that music matched her situation wholeheartedly.
Yes, the judging was rigged it's obviously seems so, I agree. But it's not only Yuna who was placed unfairly. You can't write these skaters off just because you feel your idol was the best. There are people who think other skaters moved them more. Simply as that.
And I am not the only one who think Yuna was also off that day, compare to other skaters who also skated their hearts out.
^Are we scoring skaters based on how well they skate compared to their personal best, or to the rest of the field? Are we awarding medals based on enthusiasm now?
Other skaters also displayed their qualities that should be appreciated as well. Write them off simply because you feel your idol was rigged, no, I don't buy that.