Again, the point being, the rankings really don't mean much, especially when skaters don't attend all the events that can contribute to their rankings (whether by choice or due to injury). If a skater has a season with two GP events, an ISU championship, and a World Championship appearance, then you could say that their points for that season is legitimate. Otherwise, you get a Caroline Wozniacki situation (in tennis) where the World #1 simply showed up, whereas the truly superior players like Serena Williams (or Yu Na Kim) show up for the big events and then win, even if their ranking is lower. Like any rankings, if you don't show up, you can't get points - and healthier, but inferior skaters will rack up points. Like, is Rika Hongo really better than Osmond. Are D/F better than S/H in pairs?
That's another oddity of the rankings, having EC/4CC points potentially make up for a poor WC showing... a win at Euros/4CC is worth more than 5th place at Worlds. Murakami winning fairly easily at 4CC, which was relatively uncompetitive compared to previous years, picked up 840 points, and is thus 10th. Li is still in the top 20, thanks to a bronze at 4CC which is worth more than if she had come 7th at Worlds this year. It's also the reason Mura is ranked 8th, in spite of not even going to Worlds.
Jason (and Joshua) are slightly anomalous because their entire collection of ranking points last season came from JGPs, JGPF, and JWC. On top of that, Joshua was injured just prior to CoR this year and had to withdraw - I imagine if he had competed he would have been ahead of Jeremy.
Richard's previous season results were a 2nd at Finlandia, a 5th and 6th on the GP, 5th at 4CC. Then this year he had two fifths on the GP and a fifth at 4CCs. He's ahead of Max Aaron because Max didn't do the GP last season (only Sr Bs).
This is why it was so important for Max and Joshua to get the post-Nationals assignments others might have griped about (Worlds for Max and 4CCs for Josh). Jason got the Olympics, that was fine. But Max and Josh needed ranking points too.
Next year she will actually have some expectations and well see what comes of it. I'm surely interested to see what happens next.
If anyone suffers from burnout she is the most likely. She unlike the rest of the Olympians was on a 5 1/2yr quad. Her goal since 10 yrs old had been to make Sochi. They did everything right to make sure it happened.
The only season when she was relatively inconsistent was 2012/2013, when she had medals of two GP Events and earned JPF (was not at GPF because of injury), and had silver of JrWorlds. How many of really good skaters can do it at their consistent season?
Yes, she will pretend to Words title, but not only she.
papa's link is to the "ISU Season's World Ranking" (posted Apr 7, 2014) -- not to be confused with the "ISU World Standings" (posted May 21, 2014 and listed in the OP of this thread).
- Lipnitskaia is #1 in the ISU Season's World Ranking.
- Asada remains #1 in the ISU World Standings.