I know the Code of Points pretty well now, and I was on the ISU website checking into it. Had Sasha and Michelle skated the way they did on Saturday and were judged by the Code of Points, it would have been a much closer competition. From what I can tell, at least technically (since program components is up to the judges' discretion), Sasha may have made out with as many as 6 points over Michelle, depending on how the judges felt.
If you want a breakdown of how I came to that conclusion, I have it...but, that's not really what my question is.
The question is, is the Code of Points going to hurt Michelle in the long run? She has never competed under the COP, and her programs certainly aren't designed to benefit from the system. She has cleaner programs, but her jumps are easier, her combinations aren't worth as many points, and her spins are all about a level lower than Sasha's.
Just something to ponder...I found it interesting.