Since Vancouver, Goh started ATS sport agency with Yuna's mum to look after Korean young skaters and do skating shows. In the clip the guy simply wanted to introduce Yuna at the Cricket club and this is what happened.
Chan and Kim are still the most beautiful skaters out there for me!
I am also flabbergasted by your belief that professional PR support in any way diminishes athletic achievements or belittles a skater. If anything, I'd think way less of someone who DOESN'T have it.
Me, I actually started to follow FS after the invention of CoP because then it became more like a sport – a complicated sport that I always like – and we had a good TV commentator in my country. She used to explain element scores and then she kept receiving questions what PCS is. Then, she kept answering that the strategy of PCS and CoP in general is bringing skaters to some degree of refinement instead of plainly delivering the elements. Given this, I’d say that the strategy of CoP fell out to the fullest with Sotnikova’s win
PCS is supposed to keep those seasoned veterans out of reach, to award them for these non quantifiable qualities, but because of home inflation, PCS of younger skaters gets a boost, but not exceeding the formers'. This allows them to pit their one skate against another, and they all know if they bring their points-packed A game to the table, they stand a chance to beat the veterans and get a crack at the gold.
It is fair, imo, to attract fresh blood to the sport. And yes, it is a sport, stronger, faster, higher, better.
About your bolded statement. I don't know how you figured 1+0 = 2? One thing doesn't have got to do with another. Where did I say/imply it diminishes her athletic achievement. Good PR is always useful, it can certainly help to correct some of these odd perception of her seriousness and hard work to pursue her 2nd Olympics. Even take some of the English translators that have been provided for her for ISU press conferences over the years, they are usually of poor quality so how can the rest of her western PR be any good if they can't even get the basics right.
Since it's a sport, I don't like the veterans win by PCS when they are outskated in the TES. Hanyu closed the PCS gap with Chen at GPF because it's in Japan and Hanyu beat Chen in the TES.
The momentum (impression or reputation?) had been carried by Hanyu's SP in the team event and in the individual competitions at Sochi. Otherwise, Hanyu's PCS in the FS should have dropped a lot with 2 falls and Chen would get the OGM because he didn't fall. At Sochi, it's the first time this season, Sotnikov and Lipnitskaya competed with Kim, and with a TES base value 5 points ahead of Kim's and a skate of her life and home advantage, Sotnikov's 14 points PCS rise doesn't need a corruption or conspiracy to happen.
I can accept a teenager sport where the top form is achieved at very young years of age and I like to watch also veterans in these sports despite that they’re no medal contenders. It’s always exciting to watch a race; they race against the time and I’m looking for new records.
I can accept a sport that is also an art and respect the fact that athleticism is only rewarded if it comes with refinement and I enjoy watching clumsy teens how they pick up elegance year after year. That’s their race and their achievement, no matter if they finally medal or not.
What I can’t accept is stretching the rules in either direction to trade medals between big federations and host countries that, plain and simple, has nothing to with an achievement, junior or senior, sport or art. Actually, attaching the name of sport or art to this marketing activity is sacrilege. I agree it’s fun to watch because it’s performed so shamelessly but it’s still sacrilege
THIS...sums up my views too. Those of us who thought Adelina deserved the gold saw a better skate from her, and the reverse is of course also true. Opinions can be subjective.
However, the arguments, eg. PCS inflation outrage, Levels cherry picking, don't make sense as others have enjoyed even higher PCS inflation without any controversies. Adelina deserves her TES because her jumps were the biggest of all the ladies that evening, she managed to control them too, her spins were fast, positions good, her program was complex and difficult, she skated almost flawlessly, better than Hanyu. Adelina is athletic, and she made it work for her. Her PCS increase I accepted, just as I had accepted Hanyu's spike for GPF to enable him to beat Chan 1.5 months earlier.
It is a bit shocking for me how Adelina is being torn to pieces, I haven't seen such vendetta, global mobilization and media vitriol blitz directed at any skater, eg. not even when Lysacek won over Plushenko, and Russians are no less passionate about Plushenko.
She's on her own because unlike Plushenko and Yuna, she hasn't built much of a fan base for herself.
This bothers me more than the debate over the win, and I just wish the ugliness and endless bashing of any skater, from Russian or elsewhere, will stop.
I hope this gets saner as Sochi gets further behind us.