I don’t even know where to start. The picture above says it all to me. Dick Button can whine about unpointed toes in a skating boot until he is blue in the face and it doesn’t change the facts that Yuna Kim is the complete package that none of these skaters should be able to touch if the judges were doing their jobs.
Yuna is at the Kwan dis-advantage of having had so many beautiful performances that even when she skates near perfect she can never live up to what she did 4 years ago and that is unfair.
Okay so Carolina Kostner has great skating skills and a new found attention to detail but I can’t get over the way she is scored when she makes mistakes to ever root for her. Too much has been done in the past to ever allow that to happen. Beautiful jumps but the PCS being better than Yuna to me is suspect.
Adelina Sotnikova, Julia Lipnitskaya. To the judges the name doesn’t event matter as long as she has a Russian flag behind her name.
Imagine the scores Julia would have received if she had stayed off her ass. They didn’t even look at her obvious Flutz . I don’t even know what to say about the scores Adeline received. If she had a triple triple that wasn’t from 2000 she would be ahead of Yuna.
Gracie stood up but she wasn’t clean. Her triple Lutz was wonky in the air and her loop looked underrotated to me but she wasn’t deducted for it. Her double Axel received -1 from half the judges and no GOE from anyone else.
Ashley stayed up but she double footed her triple triple and underrotated it being nailed by the judges.
Polina did a good job for her even with the under-rotation on her triple triple.
Mao Asada I don’t even want to talk about you.
What we learned today Yuna Kim is going to have to skate perfectly to win this thing. Carolina Kostner just needs to stand up for these judges and don’t count Julia Lipnitskaya out just yet. She might not win gold but she is still in the hunt for a medal. Adaline is known to choke in the LP but if she doesn’t expect her on the podium because these judges don’t care who gets a medal as long as they are Russian
The US girls should be happy they stayed on their feet but realistically they need to be perfect and have others make mistakes for a medal.
Gracie received some pretty good PCS’s for an average performance but the PCS marks were all close it was obvious to me these judges already have their minds made up.
Mao Asada is 19 points out of a bronze medal. No chance she makes that up but I want to see her go out fighting.
Learning the code
When it comes to PCS for a triple jump a plus 1 GOE equals .7 points. They then drop the high and low and average the rest then multiply it by .7 for your grade of execution.
Why the hell don’t they just drop the high and low and add up the rest? I don’t know.
So Adeline got more Grade of execution points for her easy triple triple than Yuna got for her Triple Lutz, triple toe. Overall because of the difficulty Yuna had more points.
Meet your 2014 Olympic Short Program judges
Google is your friend people.
Robert Rosenbluth is Judge # 1. He from the United States.
Judge # 2 IS Karen Howard from Canada. She judged the 2007/08 Grand Prix final
Franco Benini is Judge number 3. He is from Italy. He gave Kristi Yamaguchi a perfect 6.0 at the 91 Worlds.
Judge # 5 is from Great Britain. Her name is Diana Stevens She testified against a Ukraine judge who was suspended 2 years for cheating. (lll facts)
Judge number 6 is from Japan. Nobuhiko Yoshioka
Judge # 7 is Katarina Henriksson from Sweden.
Judge # 8 is Adriana Domanska from Slovakia
Judge # 9 is Sung-Hee Koh from Korea
Vanessa Gusmeroli is the Technical Specialist. You might remember her as a skater. She seems to have Chellsie Memmel’d the fast track to judging. She is of French decent and won a bronze medal at Worlds in the 96/97 Worlds.
The technical controller is Alexander Lakernik from Russia. He favors anonymous judging and apparently doesn’t give a flying **** what anyone else says. He was the head of Russian Figure Skating Federation in 2011.
Turns out the Ice network did this already (I found it in my travels)
Ladies Judges: Korea, Italy, Japan, United States, Canada, Russia, France, Sweden, Ukraine, Estonia, Slovakia, Germany, Great Britain