Yes, I've looked at the jumps now and they were rightly called. But as I said above, I was analyzing Kostornaia A LOT last year and her scores. She was crystal clear all the time. Sometimes I felt she might have gotten a little too much GOE (e.g. at RusNats where I am sure the judges wanted her to win) and I do think she should have get a < call on one of her 3A's at Euros. But Euros are alwats lenient on tech.I think she got some level 3s (at Euros for example) but this happens easily if you miss a turn or so. It's not an issue usually. The problem with her step sequence in the FS here, however, is that it doesn't even look like it's choreographed to be level 4. She spends way too much time skating on two feet and there's not enough difficulty.
The jumps looked suspicious because they were. That's not the point. The point is, do you think that with the exact same performance, she would have gotten the exact same calls if she was still an Eteri skater? Because I sincerely doubt that. As well as her PCS not even being two points above Liza's. I'm not debating whether this is right, I'm debating, whether the judges would have allowed that to happen, had she stayed with her old coaching team.
I get your point, but no, I disagree. I don't buy this coaching change/judging politics.
I would say The Baron had a good explanation above. Kostornaia's problem right now is probably just stamina. Her mistakes late in the program here (and at Stage Four) support that explanation.
And I would also say that maybe maybe Kostornaia has been overrated techincally? Maybe the Eteri team was just genius in concealing her weaknesses? Well, I am NOT saying this...but it's food for thought...