She and Yuna are my ladies, my babies :) They have matured so much and their skating as well. I am so proud of both of them.
Even though I love Yuna to bits, I think Mao deserved every single point she got in her SP that broke Yuna’s world record in Vancouver. If anyone is deserving to do that it’s Mao and no one else right now (for me). Her Sp is just absolute beauty and had more impression than Yuna’s Bond for me. Also, the rules and scoring change a lot and most of them are in favor of Mao and a disadvantage to Yuna so actually Mao’s score isn’t a surprise at all. But she totally earned it. I’m happy that she can end her career on a high note, a new world record and probably a 3rd World title. :)
Though I’m gonna confess, Yuna’s Send in the Clowns, if scored properly, should have been the new world record holder. But Mao as a new world record holder is still pretty awesome. I’m hoping that Yuna’s LP will not be broken tho but I have a funny feeling that it will.
Anonymous asked: Why don't we examine Yuna's second lutz? The answer is that they were easy on calls that night, for everyone. Also, GOE has nothing to do with what the technical panel does. Height, distance of jump, and steadiness of landing are considered. The gif you made shows an almost unchecked landing for Yuna. +3 GOE is not awarded just because there aren't glaring errors. Mao Asada has pretty much never gotten an overall +3 in her entire career (not that I agree, but still).
I’ve only been analyzing the first jumping pass. Hold on to your horses. I will get to Yuna’s 2nd Lutz.
And yes, the Technical Panel can affect GOEs. I have explained that in my post. And I have listed the guidelines for GOEs. But if you missed them, here they are again:
Guidelines for +GOEs in Jumps (copied from ISU’s actual pdf) (+1 GOE: 2 bullets; +2 GOE: 4 bullets; +3 GOE: 6 or more bullets)
1) unexpected / creative / difficult entry
2) clear recognizable steps/free skating movements immediately preceding element
3) varied position in the air / delay in rotation
4) good height and distance
5) good extension on landing / creative exit
6) good flow from entry to exit including jump combinations / sequences
7) effortless throughout
8) element matched to the musical structure
So “Height, distance of jump, and steadiness of landing are considered.” is only a portion of the criteria for +GOEs. See above guidelines.
As for my GIF not clearly showing Yuna’s landing, truth be told I have just learned how to make GIF a few days ago BUT didn’t I mention she had a little of an under-rotation? You can watch the video yourself if you want to check. I will update this post when I have the time.
Very easy on calls that night? Or very easy on calls for the Russians? The Tech Panel was able to spot Mao Asada’s wrong edge and under-rotations. In fact, Shin Amano said their calls were “very strict”. And this is Shin Amano we’re talking about. Also, they were able to spot Gracie Gold’s wrong edge on flip, Yulia’s wrong edge on 3Lz-2T, Ashley’s wrong edge on 3Lz, Akiko’s wrong edge on 3F, Zijun’s wrong edge and under-rotations, etc. So why did Adelina not suffer from penalties when she clearly made mistakes too? Also, Yulia’s obvious Flutz on 3Lz-3T was also not called. Why the inconsistency?
A mistake is a mistake no matter what and should be penalized accordingly. No exceptions.
Anonymous asked: Okay but can we also mention that Yuna's spins weren't very good and she did crossovers instead of transition elements? I feel like she has been overscored in those aspects for years.
I will get to that in my next posts. But just to answer this for now, Yuna’s spins are fast, centered and with good form/posture. I recommend to take a still from her spins and see if she wobbles or makes a bad posture. She doesn’t IMO. She meets the required elements for the levels and GOEs. I would also like to ask you what you meant by “weren’t very good” because it sounds very subjective. I’m trying to be as objective as I can because truth be told, Adelina had good things going on for her too like good speed, fast (inventive) spin, jump elevation and “energy”.
The point of my posts is to point out mistakes she made that were not called because either the tech panelists are blind, incompetent or they intentionally did it. Those mistakes SHOULD HAVE cost her points but instead of getting minuses she got additional points for making mistakes. And those mistakes should have changed the color of her medal.
See this: http://www.insideskating.net/2014/03/20/interviews/letter-to-isu-office-holders-people-deserve-to-know-if-a-mistake-was-made
I hope I answered your question and was able to help. Also, I’m not here to vilify Adelina. I do believe she had nothing to do with all these. She trained hard to put out her best performance. Just that her best performance still was flawed and there were others whose bests are better than hers.