Well, you know, there’s always going to be the skaters who phone it in, collect the paycheck and go home. Not everyone can be Denise or Kristi.
I certainly don’t think “Hat Full of Stars” is all Yuka Sato’s pro career amounted to. In fact, I barely remember that program. I remember way more. Yuka Sato was pretty amazing as a pro and didn’t phone it in even if she skated to one program one or two too many times. She kept up her fitness, was good for a few triples (I remember she always had at least two reliable Triple Salchows), had skating skills to die for, and even won competitions including world pros late in her pro career...beating the likes of recently crowned OGM Sarah Hughes and recently crowned World Champ Irina Slutskaya. She even won the pairs title at the same competition. She even beat Kristi and probably Denise a few times in her pro career.