Sometimes you're going to have 2021 Russian Nationals ladies free skate type of performances. Sometimes you're going to have 2003 US Nationals men where almost everyone was a disaster or many of the Grand Prix events in the late 90s/early 2000s. I remember 1999 Skate Canada being a pretty bad competition all-around but the pairs short in particular was abysmal.What I don’t want to see is a competition like Hanyus first Olympics win where everyone was all over the place
Take the pairs short at this Worlds. The skaters aren't doing any jumping elements that are more difficult than what they were doing 20 years ago, and it was still mostly a dud this time.
Increasing the difficulty comes with risks, but an implosion by most of the field came long before the TES jumped way up.