Don't get me started on all the skaters who do solo quads as their out-of-steps jump in the SP, with no steps whatsoever leading into it. And the judges still give them +GOEs! If you can't do a quad out of steps, do a 4-3. Bummed about no second half bonus for your combo? Deal with it.
That said, I am not opposed to skaters putting more effort into transitions and linking movements. However, skating skills and TR are the more objective, easily quantified components. That means that it's a better return for a skater's (time) investment) to focus on that - but that means that the more subjective components, IN and P&E, are given less focus and less weight, and a lot of programs these days reflect this. I think we can all agree that a skater will usually get good marks on the latter two if they have strong skating skills (and good jumps), even if their IN and P&E isn't all that great. The same is not true in the other direction - your interpretation and performance can be top-notch, but if your tech isn't as strong, good luck getting out of the sevens (if that). To give an example from another discipline, nobody will persuade me that Hurtado/Diaz did not give one of the best performances in Sochi, even if technically they are not there yet. Now look at their IN mark. How is that right?
How can we ensure that skaters develop not just their technical skills and difficulty but also their abilities as performers who truly interpret the music? Skating can't survive on TR alone. The artistic side shouldn't be relegated to second-best status, it's not a cherry on top or secondary to the technical. Yet to me, it often feels that way these days, especially in the men's event where everyone is so busy on cramming in the tech.
This is why I'd rather watch the ladies. You actually see a lot more style and range of performances than you do in the men's competition.
Attempts =\= cleanly landed though.
Neither Hanyu not Chan had 2 clean quads in the FS, and those are their opening jumping passes just as most did it under 6.0. The highest number of clean quads among medalists is still 2002 by a mile.