Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this.
Just a couple questions regarding the scoring of certain elements under the COP and how they apply to Patrick Chan this season.
1) In the SP, are men still required to do footwork entering their solo jump element? I ask because I've noticed Chan seems to decide on the the ice whether to do the quad as a combination or to do his 3 flip as a combo based on how secure his landing is on the quad. So would he have to do footwork into his opening quad just in case he doesn't get the combination off?
2) How are "half loop" combinations scored? Do they count as the 1 allowed 3-jump combo? (ex. Plushenko's 3axel-half loop-3 Flip). It appears that Chan is planning a 3lutz-half loop-3 salchow in his free skate this year and hasn't done a 3-jump combo. Just wondering if that is related to the new combo or just that he hasn't had the speed/landing to throw an additional double jump on the end of his axel or flip combo.
Thanks for the insight!