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    Angry Triple Axel Downgrader

    Would you have DOWNGRADED Mao's Triple Axel in her Free Skating in the Worlds? It may have been a little short but not more than 1/2 rotation.

    It seems that the caller Shin Amano has such a unique standard for his judgings. All of ladies' Level 4 on Step Sequences except the one of Akiko Suzuki's short in 2010 4CC, are given by him, on the other hand, he downgraded 2 of Mao's 3 Triple Axels in 2010 Worlds when many of the medias and commentators did not agree with that. It shouldn't be up to the callers THIS MUCH how the results turn out.

    What do you think?

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    The under-rotation of Mao's 3A in the LP was quite obvious in the replay, I thought. So yes, I agree with the downgrade.

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    On the rotation and edge call, tech panels were considerably accurate, fair & strict!
    On spins not bad!
    On steps meh!

    Back to the topic, 3A DGed was fair, IMO.
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    Yes, I would agree with her marking at this championship. 3F< in SP was a little harsh, but it's Amano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    Yes, I would agree with her marking at this championship. 3F< in SP was a little harsh, but it's Amano.
    I agree with Mao's calls. but not Kanako's and not Carolina's flip in the SP.

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    I thought the 3a in the LP should be UR. A full downgrade seemed a bit harsh. And, Kanako combos in both programs didn't deserve to be called.

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    Amano did not have the entire say. Miriam Loriol-Oberwiler (SUI) was the ATS. If she didn't agree with Amano, Controller Susan Lynch's decision would be the tiebreaker. So at least 2 of the tech team agreed with every call.

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    I think her 3axel was obviously UR, even in real time. However, there were questionable calls. Most notably was that Kostner's 3flip was not UR in the short. It was easily UR if Mao's was. That may have been enough to save Kostner the bronze.
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    Not getting into it completely since I was suffering on a ridiculously laggy stream and therefore missed just about all of it.

    But even AuntJoyce thought Mao's 3A should have been < rather than <<.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskarne View Post
    Not getting into it completely since I was suffering on a ridiculously laggy stream and therefore missed just about all of it.

    But even AuntJoyce thought Mao's 3A should have been < rather than <<.
    Yes, I agree that < rather than <<. There is no way it was 1/2 rotation less than it should have been. If it was, she would have to land forward, which she didn't do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    Yes, I agree that < rather than <<. There is no way it was 1/2 rotation less than it should have been. If it was, she would have to land forward, which she didn't do.
    I agree. Cheated and under-rotated, yes, but not that much for being downgraded, IMO.

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    Yeah, I thought in both programs, the triple axel should have definitely gotten a < and not a <<. Even further, the triple axel in the LP had better rotation on it than in the SP. But either way, some of the calls in this entire event was very questionable and capricious at times.

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    There's one point that's really important: you're more likely to find UR if you look for them.

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    Some skaters who UR less than others, don't get all their jumps reviewed. Which means that some UR fall under the radar.

    On the other hand, the skaters known for UR issues get all their jumps reviewed. Which means that they get busted for jumps that are indeed UR, but to the same extent of some of those that aren't called.

    This is not only unfair for the competition result.
    This kills the spirit of the hammered skaters.

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    Asada was probably unbeatable in the current crop, if it was the old CoP, under which she learned her technique.
    When rules changed, it became increasingly difficult for her.
    She looks sad and discouraged, season after season.
    I'm not sure the ISU is being smart pushing out skaters like Asada.

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    They should start reviewing all the jumps, or none.
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    Seriously, if the calling is going to be strict, be strict to everyone. It's ridiculous not to call Carolina's flip in the short if they called Mao and Kanako.

    I also feel sorry for Kanako. She's already feeling the discouragement at her first Worlds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by loulou View Post
    Asada was probably unbeatable in the current crop, if it was the old CoP, under which she learned her technique.
    When rules changed, it became increasingly difficult for her.
    She looks sad and discouraged, season after season.
    I'm not sure the ISU is being smart pushing out skaters like Asada.
    You know, Miki Ando had the same problem with her 3/3's. And she is still World champion and has never been in 6th at Worlds.
    The problem with Mao is not that. Her overall jumping technique is not good, and that's what hurt her the most. Even if complete, she doesn't have the GOE others have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    You know, Miki Ando had the same problem with her 3/3's. And she is still World champion and has never been in 6th at Worlds.
    Not true. Ando was 6th at 2005 Worlds and finished even lower (15th) at following Olympics. She also finished 6th at Nationals that year.
    I'm kinda surprised she's been competing at Worlds since 2004.

    Anyways, despite her issues, Mao is still the first one of this pack to become a two-time World Champion. That just speaks to her talents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briancoogaert View Post
    You know, Miki Ando had the same problem with her 3/3's. And she is still World champion and has never been in 6th at Worlds.
    The problem with Mao is not that. Her overall jumping technique is not good, and that's what hurt her the most. Even if complete, she doesn't have the GOE others have.
    Since the thread is about UR, I referred to that.
    But you can easily apply my theory to jump quality or jump techinque: in the old CoP nobody cared if your 3-3 had both triples UR, if your 3A was UR, if all your jumps didn't deserve positive GOE. As long as the jumps looked there, you were all set.
    Which would have made Asada really hard to beat.

    That said. Even though Mao has been my favourite skater for quite a while, I'm not blind. I can see her faults. And since I tend to be pretty fair, I acknoledge that she deserves her scores.

    She doesn't deserve though, to have all of her jumps under review, while her competitors don't. Because, as I said, that kills her rankings and her spirit.

    So, again: is the ISU sure they want to force out a skater like Asada this way?
    Last edited by loulou; 05-01-2011 at 10:27 PM. Reason: typos

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    Quote Originally Posted by miki88 View Post
    Seriously, if the calling is going to be strict, be strict to everyone. It's ridiculous not to call Carolina's flip in the short if they called Mao and Kanako.

    I also feel sorry for Kanako. She's already feeling the discouragement at her first Worlds!
    The discouragement?? She got 8th, that's not bad at all. Kanako is a rising star and she will continue to be on the world scene for many, many years. I don't think she has anything to worry about.

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    Carolina's flip in the SP has to be the worst call of the ladies event.

    I think where Mao is running into trouble on her 3a is the combined pre-rotation and under-rotation. Together, it adds up to more than .5, apparently.
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    I'm not saying pre-rotation is a good technique, but i dont see why it matters as long as the actual rotation in the air was sufficient to evade << call.

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