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Ok, I’ll be back in three weeks or so after I have digested all this information.

I will say, though, that what we should be looking at is not the raw number of points in various categories, but the margins. For instance, looking at base values for non-jump elements, every single skater from best to worst gets 3.00 for his choreo step sequence. Suppose we increase this from 3.00 to a million for each skater. No difference (GOEs as a percentage of base value is another matter. )

A case study. Lucas Britschgi and Jason Brown were essentially tied in the free skate. One got 180,68 overall and the other 180.46. Your breakdown shows

Britschgi: Jump base values 62.50, non-jump element base values

**17.90**, PCS 86.08

Brown: jump base values 54.87, non-jump element base values

**17.10**, PCS 93.98

So the spins and footwork were a wash and it comes down to “how much did Lucas beat Jason by in jumps (with two quads) versus “how much did Jason beat Lucas by in compenents” (with superior edge work and better musicality and chorography).

Well, a sample of size two is not much to go on, but I would hazard that the spread in non-jump base values is not very large all up ad down the board. (I see that Fa got 16.50)

So if the ISU wanted to encourage more skating like Jason’s, then reducing the value of jumps across the board, and especially of quads, would do the trick. If the ISU does not want to do this, then, OK, business as usual and may the best man win.

I agree that Malinin is an outlier. But for non-jump elements (base values) he got 16.31 – right along with everyone else in the top group.