Sotnikova's technical skills are not as hot as you seem to think they are. While appropriate PCS would have already dropped her to bronze, even with the same TES, I am also sure had the Olympics been held anywhere else her TES would have been beaten by Kim easily in the short program, and by all of Kim, Kostner, and Mao Asada in the LP. That for the performance of her life, and a technical level of skating she has never come close to before, and might never again. Her consistency is very poor, she has a bad flutz, she is prone to <, and like Slutskaya she tends to be sloppy in her execution. Big jumps and fast spins, tries to do hard steps and footwork, but sloppily done in many ways still. In Sochi her GOE were jacked up all over the place (while others were purposely held back), and her flutz in both programs and underrotated triple toe in the LP were simply ignored. Even some of the technical levels called of the spins and footwork sequences were questionable, both for her and her main competition.