Liza was struggling for years. It's not like this is her all time standard. If you see her career as a whole her recent results are more like a fluke than standard. She had her peak several times, the 2014-15 season, than 2018-19 which unfortunately was affected by pneumonia and then now. But in between she was struggling a lot. Her last score from Finlandia doesn't really arouse much confidence thanks to really high PCS that she hardly got before and I (and I am not alone in that) do not think it will repeat often. Not to mention that the whole event seems to have been scored very generously in particular cases (how many personal bests were achieved there?). I don't deny her jumps currently look secured, but that they looked before as well in some cases and it mostly didn't last.To each their own but I will say, it’s kinda unfair that Liza has proved herself not only at Worlds but also this Finlandia followup including posting an above-80 SP and above-159 FS (which a lot of skaters in your top 10 haven’t done ever).
I mean, not sure if she can keep it up but it’s astonishing that the standards we are holding her too that even when she’s delivering she needs to do it 3-3 times to get any credibility. I mean she is the reigning World silver medalist and has kept a super consistent 3A, while Kihira and Kostornaia are struggling to maintain/regain theirs, and yet people are so sure she’s ahead of them. She just beat Kostornaia - and by a lot. And posted a higher total score than Anna won worlds with.
I mean,but hey, Liza really needs to pay her dues more before we take her seriously.... let’s see if Liza can make the Olympic team AND medal in Beijing. Once she medals and ONLY if she medals we can maaaaybe consider moving her into the top 5 of the power rankings.
Also comparing someone's solitary best with other solitary worst at two different events on a completely different levels, separated by 7 months, is not the best argument.
It's not claiming she can't make it to the olympic team, it's natural caution and reluctance to base the estimations on basically one result, that is not very consistent with the rest.