2010 Worlds: Mao Asada, Yuna Kim, and Laura Lepisto
Mao Asada in 2010
Her jumps are -1,-1,-1,0,0,-1 and 0. Her PCS is 8.25.
Asada's skating is rather slow and her power throughout the program is not adequate. Especially in her skating, contrary to that in her youth, there isn't any sign of aesthetic quality.
In her short program, Her jumps are 0,-1 and +1. Her PCS is 8.0.
In fact, Asada's skating is problematic in aesthetic standpoint. Her skating here is far inferior to what Asada showed at her 15. Her moves never evoke integration with physiological line.
She does some elements without any sense of wholeness and contextual orientation. Evidently Asada can't afford to think of that as she laboriously rushes from one point to another to fulfill the requirements.
That's a significant deficiency as opposed to Yuna Kim. The most critical flaw in Asada's skating is not what she does but how she does.
All Asada focuses on is whether she is able to present elements required, even at the expense of quality. Strictly speaking, this kind of skating is B level.
This has to do with incompetence of judges, in part. That is, scores don't reflect the whole skating. That's why Asada's skating here looks inferior to even Lepisto's. This also indicates Asada's miscalculated - she might disagree hereto - direction in skating. Asada's goal, as widely known, has been to close the gap that exists between her and her rival Kim.
Adding elements to the programs is one thing, weaving them into her entire moves is another. You can artificially add any number of elements to your program, but they still remain unattached to the entire program.
Some time ago, Liza's coach reportedly announced that Liza would attempt triple axel in the future. Give me a break! A skater who cannot use momentum, whose edge is so poor that all she do is a standing skating, will add a new jump?
The coach is just a moron. Teach her how to skate first.
Well, second thought, with those Pro-Russian ISU judges, what is not possible?
I personally object to Asada's triple axel too. The reason is obvious: her skating didn't improve after adding triple axel. On the contrary Asada's skating significantly and notably degenerated due to the weight of triple axel.
It's like a big apple sucking up all her resources.
Mao Asada in 2010
Yuna Kim in 2010
Well, Kim appears quite subdued. She is definitely not in her best.
You can tell how weak and slow she appears compared to her usual conditions. Although her skating is still in a top notch, without adequate power and speed, it is very difficult to manage jumps successfully.
It may have to do with her focus, but her body language tells she is struggling mentally and physically. Considering that, it's still an admirable outing.
Her jumps are -1,+1,-1, +1, -3, +1 and void. Her PCS is 8.5.
Yuna Kim in 2010
At first she appeared normal, but since she missed the first spin, everything went off track.
Her jumps are +1, -2 and +2. Her first spin is void, her Biellmann spin is also not in good shape, and she loses her spiral.
Kim will have virtually zero for those techincal elements, but the quality of her general performance is still there, but greatly disrupted.
Her PCS is 8.0.
Laura Lepisto in 2010
What a lovely skater!
Her speed and power are adequate. Her jumps are +2,+1,double, 0, double,0 and double(3 sequence). Her PCS is 7.75.
In her short program, her jumps are +1,+1 and -3. Her PCS is 7.5.
Lepisto's skating is somewhat more refreshng than Asada's. Technically Lepisto may be a bit inferior to Asada, but I don't think Asada's skating as a whole is in higher level, especially in terms of quality, than Lepisto's.
To simply put it, Lepisto's skating has fewer junks than Asada's, and it appears cleaner and fresher.