I agree that she is an excellent technical skater, as I said. SS are only 20 percent of PCS. The majority is artistic/musicality, presentation based The judgements are relative. Compared to other top skaters her upper body movement, posture and musicality is poor. My point is that while she should score high in SS, as she does, there are others that also have great SS and are much better than Kaori in the artistic/presentation aspects. Satoko and Wakaba are good examplesOf course, you are entitled to your opinion of Kaori’s skating, but it’s not objective any more than any other opinion is, so it’s hard to say whether it’s true that the judges overlook the flaws that you see, or whether they actually don’t see those flaws or don’t see them as flaws. Maybe that’s what you mean by ‘overlook,’ though. For my part, Kaori was never one of my favourites until I saw her skate live — and then I found her fast, smooth, and mesmerizing. Also, live she was (to me) graceful too, although not in a ballet way, but I couldn’t have described her as awkward. She came across as very coordinated and watching her was like seeing some sort of demonstration of physics, just amazing. I would definitely refer to this as athletic — but to describe the speed and the smoothness, not as a euphemism for what she lacks. Maybe you’ve seen her live too and we just appreciate different qualities, but I can definitely imagine that some of the judges are as impressed by the ease, speed, and physics of how she skates as I was, and that translates for them into the GOE and PCS they award.