At Trophee Lalique Delobel and Schoenfelder were severely dinged in the Elements score for their fall on the final lift: per the rules, it was downgraded to Level 1 (from 2), and their GOE was reduced by 80% due to the -2's and -3's they received. They received a total of .32 for the lift. Since it was the last element of their program, by the CoP descriptions, the fall didn't have to affect their choreography, transitions, skating skills, or interpretation scores by much; however, the judges didn't take the full mandatory deduction for the fall from Performance/Execution. Had they done so, Delobel/Schoenfelder would still have been ahead of Dubreuil/Lauzon, whose base difficulty was less (even with the downgrade for the lift) and who were dinged on the Level midline step sequence. Delobel/Schoenfelder had had an excellent program until the fall, and they were given a major GOE (+2 avg) on the Level 2 midline step sequence that opened their program.Originally Posted by chuckm
At Skate Canada Dubreuil and Lauzon were also severely dinged in the Elements score for their fall in the footwork: they received an average GOE of -2.6, and a total of .9 for the element. (It was already a Level 1 sequence, so it couldn't be downgraded.) Same story as Del/Sch in the Performance/Execution scores: the fall didn't seem to affect the scores, even though there were still two elements to go and they lost the pace of their program with the fall. However, they were well ahead of Chait and Sakhnovsky at Skate Canada, mostly because their base difficulty was almost 5 points higher than the Israelis' and they gained a point more over their base with the scores on the other elements.
In the technical area in dance, risk was rewarded more and falls were very costly for the element only. The tech scores for the other elements were not adversely affected by a mistake in a single element, which kept the mistake in context with the rest of the program, at least technically.