Look at Yuna Kim in 2010. If the solo triple had been a loop in the short program, I bet she would have restructured her training and nailed it. Even if she hadn't, she could have done a double, or fallen on a rotated triple and still have been in striking distance of the podium. How many times that season did she skate a so-so long program because of her SP cushion? Losing a few points in the sp because of her weakness would not have meant certain doom, it simply would have meant that she needed to go all out in the LP.