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2015 Four Continents: Polina Edmunds, Rika Hongo, and Gracie Gold

Updated on March 29, 2015

Polina Edmunds

Polina Edmunds won after all.

Her free problem is a problem, and I am not sure how soon she will find a way of staying strong in the arduously long 4 plus minutes.

Her jumps are 0, -3, -1,0, -2,-1 and -1. Polina has wrong edge on the flip. -3 on Polina's second jump is a total of wrong edge and execution deficiency.

In this day and age, wrong edge is a joke, but for the sake of technical accuracy, wrong edge needs automatic -2 penalty in GOE.

I hope judges strictly apply that rule to their protocols.

Her TES marks 54 and her PCS is 54, which gives her 108 in total.

Her low PCS is largely due to her lack of speed and power.

Polina Edmunds in 2015

Polina's short program is different from her free.

As you can see easily, the amount of time in short program gives her more room for stamina. That's why Polina - or any skater - appears stronger and more focused in their short programs.

Her jumps are 0, -2, and -1; again her wrong edge is noted.

Her TES is 29 and her PCS is 30 which gives her 59 in total.

Although I gave her 8.0 PCS in U.S. Nationals, Polina Edmunds' default PCS ranges from 6.75 to 7.5 as of now.

Rika Hongo in 2015

Rika Hongo's jumps are -1,-1, 0,0,-2,0, and -1.

Hongo's bad habit in revolution is problematic like Elena, though her posture is much less conspicuous than Elena's.

Her TES is 52 and her PCS is 58 which gives her 110 in total.

Hongo's jump technique is not yet mature, but her skating is honest one and I think Hongo has a potential to grow to qualify for solid 7.0 to 8.0 within two years.

But currently Hongo's moves are less glued than necessary.

Hongo's current PCS too ranges from 6.5 to 7.5.


Rika Hongo in 2015

Hongo's short program jumps are 0, -2, and -1.

Her TES is 28 and her PCS is 28, which gives her 56 in total.

Hongo's moves appear clean, yet it seems to lack of cohesive connection, which resulted from inadequate edge control.

In other words, her efforts to make continuous momentum are comparatively too visible. But overall, Hongo is one of the most promising skaters in Japan as well as in the world.

Gracie Gold in 2015

Gracie's free program was messy.

Her jumps are -1, -3, -1, 0, -1, void, and -1.

I think our poor Gracie failed above all to adjust to the rink. The rink appears smaller than usual rinks. I can't be sure of it though.

Anyway Gracie lost the pulse of program from the start.

Gracie's TES is 47 due to the low base, and her PCS is 58, which gives her 105 in total.

Gracie's average PCS is 7.5 in this competition.

Gracie Gold in 2015

In her short program, Gracie still struggles.

Her jumps are -3, 0, and void. Her TES is 27 and her PCS is 30 which gives her 57.

So according to the revised score sheets, Polina Edmunds will get 167, while Rika Hongo and Gracie Gold earns 166 and 162, respectively.

Then who is the real winner? I think the answer cannot be obtained without reviewing Satoko Miyahara and Zijun Li.

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