I think long term, they are going to have to upgrade to a throw flip or throw lutz. That some of these teams can do sbs flips and lutzes is why I’m thinking that maybe they need to try to get the catch clean on the quad twist.They have wonderful throws but many younger pairs are doing throw triple flip or lutz, and sbs 3 lutzes. So they have to land at least the sbs 3sal and toe loops consistently, and may be a 3-2-2 too. Sadly the SS and difficult entrances and lift positions are not rewarded as they should be. So they may have to depend on mistakes by other pairs.
My take away is that with how close the score was and that they only had one mistake across two otherwise very strong programs is that if the judges had wanted them to win, they would have. I thought b/k’s pcs was too high. I think my hunch that t/m have to be perfect to win is correct. That is a tough spot to be in. At this point, I’m not sure that even perfect will get it done at Euros and Worlds.
As a fan, that it was so close hurts more than if it had been 5 or 10 points.