2 years ago only 1 lady had a level 4 step sequence at the wch
at the last world championship, it seems it's become the norm for the top ladies (and even some non top ladieS), with SEVEN skaters being given level 4's
would an expert like to chime in and clarify for me if they think this is because in such a short time the top ladies' footwork actually progressed so dramatically or if this is just a case of judges becoming more generous with giving credit over time? i know we've discussed this before and apparently the difference between level 3-4 is very subtle and judges may be inconsistent with the levels they award.
it just seems to me (a clueless amateur) like this also happened in the past (around 2005-2006 period) with suddenly a huge shift where all the top ladies moved from level 2 footwork to level 3 in a single competition, as if overnight they all progressed simultaneously