With a bad stumble out of one of her jumps, a clearly underrotated triple flutz-triple toe, and a simple triple toe-triple toe in the short Adelina did not deliver a knockout to anyone either. It shouldnt matter that it was exceptional relative to her own usually mediocre level of skating. She should be judged against what better skaters like Kim and Kostner did, not against her own personal level which is basically what she was (if we even suspend reality for a split moment and pretend there was even an ounce of legitimate thinking to the scores).
And anonymus pinguin, I am not saying Yuna did not deserve her gold inVancouver, but the scores and the overscoring is important, because that produce a precednt, and the skaters, fans and even commentator always will be expecting that or more points. Even before Sochi a lot of people were speculating about Yuna getting 80+ in her sp and broking her record and lp, always wanting more, because judges accostumed people to her overscoring was normal. Same with Julia now, at first it was all about her overscore, but now people see it normal and she can not be compared even to Gold, Polina, Anna, Radionova, Akiko, etc.
*I think the major response to this controversy has been to muddy the waters and claim all figure skating judgement is subjective. On one hand you have the point "Adelina had 7 triples," on the other hand you have "If anything Carolina Kostner should have won the gold because her skating is so beautiful." "Mao should have won the free skate! Lets just give Mao the bronze because I love her!" No, all of these things can not be true at the same time. There is a difference between a legitimate flaw in the execution of judging under the CoP system, and fans who just wish their favorite skater won or medaled.
If they were scored truthfully, then Mao should have won the free skate. It does not mean people want her to medal. It only means it is her fair score. She should have broke the record with the free skate that night, despite not winning any medal at all. She was the one that moved people's tears that night, not Yuna or Adelina. Yes, she would not medal but she deserved the 1st place in the free skate, was that too much to ask?
Having said that, I am not Mao's fan at all.
If they were scored truthfully, then Caro or Yuna should have won overall. This is open to your debate. The scores have been crazy for 2 years, not just on Sochi, anyone who follow figure skating know this, yet you only go crazy because you think it affected your idol.
@Meoima, no Carolina had weaker jumping passes plain and simple. One 3Lz and one 3F in the first half of her free skate. And she did a 3F+3T combination as opposed to a 3Lz+3T in the short program. The same way the CoP system is not JUST jumps, it is not just blade to ice skills either. Yuna should have been head and shoulders above the other two after the short. And she should have come in second behind Mao in the free skate, winning overall---with a toss up between Carolina and Adelina for silver.
Anyway only an idiot could say Kim is an "overscored" skater in general. Yu Na has never won an event or medal in her whole career she didnt clearly deserve. While she has been blindly robed of atlast 2 world or olympic titles (or atleast was clearly better than the winner)- 2011 worlds and 2014 Olympics, and arguably (although not without dispute) robbed of another at the 2008 worlds. How can a skater who clearly should have 5 or 6 world or Olympic titles but only have 3, and blew the field away in all 3 she won indicating that is the only way the judges ever let her win, be an overmarked skater. If anything she is probably one of the most wuzrobbed by the judges skaters in history. Which is to be expected being a star from a puny skating country with no money, a tiny federation, and no political power at all. I am not even a Yu Na fan either, and unlike practically everyone else dont even consider her a top 5 skater all time (which many have gotten on me for, and stupidly called me a Yu Na hater which I am not either, some posters on this forum calling me both a bot and hater of Yu Na and some other skaters, showing the laughable lack of intelligence of some individuals who post here); but the idea she is an overscored or held up skater when evaluating her career is too funny for words. It clear the complete opposite is true, and as I said a skater coming from one of the skating poorest federations could ever possibly be anything but undervalued by judges. Anyone who follows the sport and actually knows it history would know this.