You do not need superior maths skills to realize how much easier is to cheat now.
Under 6.0 the judges had only two scores which they could manipulate, but now the possibilities are countless.
There are between 9 and 13 elements in a LP, each of them being awarded a certain GOE.
With the exception of the cases when a skater falls or makes a blatant mistake, the judges can actually give any GOE they want since the criteria is ambiguous enough to allow them to justify almost anything.
13 elements mean 13 possibilities of influencing GOE.
And this is not the only opportunity when it comes to GOE. Since the range of GOE varies between -3 and + 3, again here there’s plenty of room to manoeuvre. For an OK-ish done element that maybe deserved 0 GOE it is not hard for a judge to justify that he actually thought it deserved + 1 or maybe + 2.
Then of course we have the components where a 0.25 – 0.5 points more than deserved wouldn’t raise any question marks.
Now the only question remains on how to make several judges to favour the same skater.
I think that this is where the power and influence of a federation comes into play .
Like Nietzsche used to say: “All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”