In the end, Mao Asada came out victorious in Saitama, Japan. The Japanese star rightfully seized the title with total of 216.69 to become a three time World champion.
Carolina Kostner couldn’t keep up the fire going, after her solid outing in the short program, but still managed to claim bronze with a total of 203.83.
Julia Lipnitskaya grabbed silver with a total of 207.50, due to her trademark juniorism and the judges’ fetish nostalgia thereto.
Meanwhile, Gracie Gold ended up in fifth, two-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, seventh and Polina Edmunds, eighth.
Wagner skated a solid free performance after her shaky outing in the short program. Edmunds who finished in eighth overall also put out a strong free program.
The 2014 World Figure Skating Championships have concluded with a sense of bittersweet uncertainty. Mao Asada’s record-breaking performance seems deflated by a fact that the scores cannot be divorced from Sochi Scandal.
Sochi meltdown is not likely to help the ISU restore its judging credibility any time soon.
Although the judges pointedly marked the veterans’ PCS a few points ahead of their season long favorite Julia Lipnitskaya, the scores have long lost their relevance as record, since Sochi Scandal had proved that the judges could do whatever they wanted to fabricate the outcome.