My conclusion is of course home inflation is at work *EVERYWHERE*. I am at least not hypocritical in *ONLY* singling out the Russians. I came around to accepting it not because I agree with home inflation but because the huge PCS difference would make it almost impossible for a younger skater like Hanyu or Adelina to compete against veterans like Chan and Kim on a level playing field. There is no way to bridge a PCS gap of >20, with jumps, steps, spins. Do 10 quads like Javier Fernandez joked about?
Unlike those who cried foul *ONLY* for Adelina but not for all the other skaters who have enjoyed the same favors, I am at least honest, consistent and balanced in applying my judgment and standards. I am also not the type who will go and rend apart the programs of those who beat my own favored skaters. There and then, I concluded that Sochi would see younger skaters getting a stab at beating the veterans, and it would be a battle of the TES.
The last time there was a US world's was L.A. in 2009.
The US Fed cares most about ladies. Rachel Flatt, the highest US Lady, was 5th.
Lysacek won men's. However, looking at the lineup, he probably deserved it. A very young Chan was 2nd with a messed up combo, Joubert 3rd with a fall and a messed up 2a.
In dance, there was no US judge on the panel. B&A should have won and didn't.
Top US pair was ninth.
A set of reasons why I have felt that USFSA was not the very best home-cooker.
I actually predicted Hanyu to be an OGM before he hit the seniors and think his original Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest programs this quad along with Patrick's Elegie and Dai's 2011 programs Garden of Souls and Blues for Klooks, but this is the not the way I want him win, nor Patrick lose it. The men's FS event was tragic, I doubt I will ever replay any of the performances except may be Abbotts if I am really bored.
While I can't stand Yuzuru's free skate this season (mostly at his 4S and the juliet costume), I still think his PCS, while should not be over 90, deserve to be around 87 to 88. And even that PCS is enough for him to win, thanks to his TES. I did mention that in men free skate thread.
Frankly, i think this should be ideal: if you fall or make too many mistake, your PCS should drop, too. This would lead us to a more reasonable score. Nevertheless, I do think the placement of men is right this time (Thanks to Plushy who withdrew), even at GPF in which Yuzuru's PCS at free skate suddenly skyrocketed to over 90, he still deserved to win because PChan did not do a good job in his SP there.
It might sound funny but the reason people are too fixable in the ladies is that, in men event everybody can obviously tell why Yuzuru got the gold and PChan got the medal (the one made the fewest mistakes won), while in ladies event the lady who made a mistake won.
Yuna gave interviews to the media in the mixed zone, after her practices, in the official press conference after the short program, after the free skate. That's it. They asked her questions and she gave them answers. There were no press releases, no talking points, proposed features, dinners with reporters.
Her performances are what they are, her reaction to winning the Olympic silver medal is what it is. The media reacted based on that, but not anything by her PR team. If you have such evidence of what you suggest above, you should provide it instead of making implications and insinuations.
Take this video clip for instance that appears next day at Shanghai Morning news (certainly with no time for PR). Instead of addressing the champion, they focused on Yuna Kim. The news title says 'Sorrowful Queen, lost the gold but won the world' They might be referring to her performance as sorrowful but perhaps also the circumstance. They said despite the unbelievable hard to acceptable score appears, Kim only met the lengthy screaming crowd with gentle smile and wave to accept the result. They went on to recall her accomplishments, a gold and a silver at the Olympics, 2 world champion gold medals and said her accomplished performances already proved everything. Then played that clip at the end of the program.
Home Inflation is not OK, but leveling of unfair PCS advantage is alright to ensure a fairer competition.
Korean pop culture is VERY popular with the Chinese right now. China's real beef is with Japan lbr.
Edited to add: Now I will grade Adelina: Musical interpretation, B. Praiseworthiness of choreography, B+. Lightning strikes, A.
I am sure there are intra-Asian rivalries that get nasty. I also know that in the face of external enemies, former enemies become friends. "Me against my brother, my brother and I against my cousin, my cousins and brothers against my neighbor." That would not be the case if Kostner or Sotnikova were Chinese. But since it's an Asian girl who was unfairly treated by a white lady, all of us Asians can rally behind our own.