Of 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.I think many people that say Kaori is athletic are just being kind. It has nothing to do with body type. It has to do with her obvious weaknesses in the artistic/presentation side. As strong as her skating skills are, her weaknesses on the artistic side are just as obvious. Her lack of musicality, stiff upper body, poor posture and carriage, and lack of grace to the point of almost being awkward should all be big negatives for her PCS scores, but are usually overlooked. Other Japanese skaters such as Satoko and Wakaba are also strong with skating skills, but with excellent artistic/presentation skills. Yet they are regularly much more underscored than Kaori. While Kaori deserves her victories primarily because of her jumping consistency, she shouldn't receive inflated scores because of it. In the SP here, Mana skated just as clean but with a beautiful 3A. PCS and GOE should have helped Kaori close the gap some, but no way put her 3 points ahead.