FYI Kolyada, Mozalev, Lezheev (!!) and Kutovoi (!!) were the only Sr/Jr men here to get level 4 steps in the long
Speaking of step sequences, I've watched Mikhail's programs today and noticed that he does the exact same step sequence in both SP and FS. Is that a Mishin thing, to economise practice time?
I get that it's less time-consuming and probably helps with jump (and overall) consistency, when a skater has to practice only one step sequence. And certainly all skaters repeat certain moves, sections and clusters of difficult steps/turns in their step sequences, even from season to season, but Misha's doing an exact copy. And usually I associate this with skaters who don't seem to care much about footwork or its relation to the music, at least that's the impression I get. It's certainly not what I expect from those at the top. I might be wrong though, and it's more widespread than I thought? Off the top of my head, I can only recall Voronov and Amber Glenn doing that last season or so.
I wonder if judges pick up on this and if it affects their scoring?
And Misha's got beautiful skating skills too, so it feels like kind of a waste, really.