If they really are trying to avoid sending signals on a debatable point, I won't begrudge Kaetlyn that. IMO the place to deal with issues like that is privately, with the coach and with the skater themselves.
However, Manaud raises a good point - why aren't V/M treated in the same way? For the last two seasons they've had no perceptible 'national inflation', at least on the technical side. I didn't understand that at the time of the events, and I still don't understand it. At the time, I rationalized it as 'well, they know that some of their levels are questionable, so they'll go back and work even harder', but I think the level-calling at nationals did hurt them internationally.
If the technical panel are trying to avoid doing that type of thing to Kaetlyn, I say 'great'. However, this year I hope that Virtue/Moir get the same type of treatment.
I tried downloading the Challenge video of her Lutz into Windows Movie Maker, then step through it frame-by-frame to determine what edge she was actually on at the time of the jump. My attempt was inconclusive.
In one frame she was clearly on an outside edge approaching the jump, in the next she was rising into the air with her toe-pick leg still in contact with the ice. Her leg position in the air may indicate a switch to an inside edge, or she could have rolled it over while beginning to rotate after lift-off. What edge she was on at the exact moment of jumping was not visible, since an additional intermediate video frame would have been required. If the judges video system was just as crappy as Movie Maker, then perhaps they gave her the benefit of the doubt.
TBH I think kaetlyn should to back to her latin sp. She owned that program like no other that season. In fact, it's was the best sp last year in my book...
team kaetlyn if you're reading this...
^ I loved the latin SP from last season, but I prefer her current Big Spender one. It's an amazing program to me, and she owns it.
Does anyone else share my view on it?
Last edited by Corianna; 12-17-2013 at 11:05 PM.
OTOH, I'm not sure how anyone can claim one way or the other regarding her lutz takeoff edge just by looking at that Challenge video. It's a very difficult angle to clearly see the edge and the resolution really isn't the greatest.
P.S. Not saying the judges video was from the same angle, or that they use Windows Movie Maker ... just curious.
BTW: where do they locate this official camera the judges use to make these calls?
Last edited by rvi5; 12-17-2013 at 10:37 PM.
I was at the last nationals. I recall seeing someone with a small camcorder type video camera on a standard tripod next to the judges bench. Didn't seem like a fancy setup compared to the big TV cameras located around the rink. I don't recall this person was always there for every competition event. He seemed to move around, and at times hand-held the camera. Perhaps it was not the judges official camera. I didn't spot any other, but wasn't specifically looking.
Way to go, Kaetlyn, what a marvelous comeback. You go girl!
So happy to see Kevin skating after such a long interval.
Way to go Kaetlyn! What a comeback. So happy for her and for Gabi. They are both fighters and I can't wait to see where the future takes them.
Ah WTH! Way to go Kevin!
Go Kaetlyn. Was worried all along due to her injury. Now I am happy to see that she's back. Just skate your best, girl.
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