I'd wait for 4cc of next season to see what the 2 Korean girls look like...
Also, Have you seen such politicking from the South Koreans ?
I mean, Russian politicking has appeared in other Olympics before in other countries than Russia, They could arguably manage to "own" enough of a judging panel even in Korea
In reference to the other poster's comment. I don't believe I am blinded by bias, but just trying to make sense of what appears to be a full-blown coup of the sport by a country that is threatening to invade Ukraine, which it treated so awfully during the time of Stalin in the 1930s. I also agree with the idea that the Olympic competition is based on the total from two skates with the LP being 2/3. So, there is no automatic elimination due to one bad skate worth only 1/3 of the competition. Dennis Ten proved this to be true when he went from 9th to 3rd.
Here is a break-down of the full-extent of Sotnikova's score manipulation:
Grand Prix season average SP = 65 Grand Prix Average LP = 114 = 179
Sochi SP= 74.64, LP 149.95 = 224.59 Difference = 45 points
Grand Prix Season Average PCS SP = 30.5 Average PCS LP = 61.33 = Total = 91.83
Olympics PCS SP + LP = 109.96 Difference = 18. 13 points
Change in PCS in LP alone over 13 points increase with a two footed landing
Mao Asada’s Change in PCS in LP clean compared to GP season average .1 point increase (Could this have been set ahead of time?)best skate of her life
There has never been a PCS difference of less than half a point between medalists in the history of COP scoring system, yet at Sochi the difference between them is only .44. A video on youtube uses this as evidence to say the PCS scores were fixed ahead of time. These two bits of data suggest to me that the PCS was likely set ahead of time for Mao Asada, Yuna Kim, Carolina Kostner, and Adelina Sotnikova. That way changes in score manipulation could be limited to tech scores. Don't know about Lipnitskaya
Mao Asada base level LP TECH 66 - actual 73.05
Sotnikova base level LP 61 - actual over 75
Sotnikova was also the only medalist who received level 4 on the step sequences in both the SP and LP, which was the first time she had ever done so. More absurd to me, Sotnikova was even given a slightly higher grade of execution on her step sequence than Mao, even after Dick Button himself said she lacked musicality. I thought Mao's was much, much better and the best of the night with Kim being a close second.
Percent of Satnikova’s jumps receiving a GOE of +3 during the year before the Olympics - 1.1 percent
Percent of jumps receiving a GOE of +3 during the Olympics - 21 percent
Number of +3 GOE's LP = 33 with two footed landing and step-out, URs and flutz ignored by Russian tech panel
Number of Mao's +3 GOE's LP = 6 clean, one combination jump called clean by Kurt Browning live on TV was judged UR, also called on flutz
Yuna Kim +3 GOE’s = 13 Perfect textbook skater
Gracie Gold’s Grand Prix average is even lower.
This goes a long way to legitimizing that the 26 point difference between Asada and Sotnikova could conceivably be made up by correct scoring and several posters at this website and others have made the same claim, though I will admit it is a small minority. But, seeing through this great blur of corruption is quite difficult. Also, I agree that there was no way Asada was over-scored and this was the the first time I had ever heard that. Every other comment I have seen on numerous sites- including dozens of people- have indicated she should have won the free skate with a score of between 144-150, with the exception of one indicating that her score was justified. I also believe that Kim should have received more points in tech scores for both the SP and LP because she received the lowest GOE in Sochi for her entire career.
To put it in perspective, Lipnitskaya (in the team) and Sotnikova now have total scores that are higher than Mao Asada, and Gracie Gold’s LP with a fall in Sochi (135) is only one point lower than Asada’s best LP (136) coming into Sochi. Though they are very good skaters, I think it is ridiculous, and I hope she retires after Worlds if this trend of young skater inflation / Asada slight deflation continues, even if it is to a lesser extent. It will be her form of protest for this blatant corruption
If Mao wins in Saitama, she would be wise to retire on a high note. Her 3a isn't going to get any more consistent and the competition isn't going to get any easier. There so many skaters now with consistent 3/3s, many of those 3z+3t or 3f+3t, not the easier 3t+3t. Sure, every once in a while Mao can pull off a great performance, such as her FS at Sochi, but these have become few and far between lately, and it's been a long, long time since she's been able to put two great performances together in one competition.
She can continue to perform for her fans in shows, without the strain of competition, enjoy life, and pursue other interests.
Just my feeling. Figure skate is listed in Olympic event as a sport such as track games (like marathon, short tracks...). I think base value is like how the contestant should run faster. The higher points means more consuming and tough and technically difficult. Miss Sot tried and did better for SP and FS so her total score was higher. It should be because Miss Kim did like walk smiling instead of running hard. It's mean some people keep saying Asada lacks consistency so she should quit. How many times did she joined official games and win in this season? And in sports it is not failure if you do not look like beauty queen, or you are not elegant while run short track. But if you do perfect spin as a result you do look elegant. I hate Cinq.