There is a big difference between a ‘home field advantage’ and a ‘home field fixing.’ A home field advantage should include having your fans cheering for you and the familiarity of the stadium you are competing at and it should never include fixing scores for a home team/competitor. Adelina Sotnikova’s previous year’s records leading up to 2013 European Championship and finally in Sochi Olympic show a clear pattern of score manipulation emerging. Records don’t tell a lie neither does number nor statistic.
In 2010-2011 season, other than at the Russian Championship where she got the total score of 197.33, the average score of the other 4 world wide competitions she entered was 172.67. In 2011-2012, again at the Russian Championship, she scored 193.71 while getting the average score of 164.89 in other 6 world wide competitions. In 2012-2013, she got 190.75 at the Russian Championship but her average score for the 6 other world wide competitions she entered amounted to only 174.70. In 2013-2014 season, her 3 previous world wide competitions average score was again in the 170 point range at 179.27 except at the Russian Championship where she got 212.77 until at the problematic European Championship where she received 202.36.
Getting close to 200 points at each of 3 previous Russian championships and even 212.77 at the last home competition can not be a coincidence because at her 19 other foreign country competitions in the past 4 years, her average was in 170 point range. You must have no figure skating knowledge to believe that Sotnikova could skate near 200 points or higher only in Russia where she received 20-50 extra points higher every time, compare to her average score of 170 point range elsewhere other than at the 2014 European Championship where the gigantic inflation of her scores began to take place toward the Sochi Olympic in Russia.
It was a prelude to the Sochi Olympic fiasco where she received eye popping, head shaking 224.59 points (50 point increase from the average) with the same recycled junior season program she used all year long. Performance and Interpretation of music might improve from one routine to another, but Skating Skills, and Transitions and Choreography don’t change or improve much in a matter of weeks or months with the same old routine. Sotnikova’s Sochi LP performance included a wrong edge take off(flutzed) as found out and judged at 6 out of 7 previous competitions. She should have received negative 1 point GOE from a wrong edge, but got plus 1 point GOE instead for the LP triple lutz-toe combination jumps. One of the judges even gave her a perfect +3.00 GOE. Her full blade take off in one of the triple jumps as oppose to just the toe pick take off in the toe jump was shown in the slow motion of the short program. Julia Lipnitskaia has the same technical flaws in her jumps.
Sotnikova’s triple toe in conjunction with the lutz was definitely under rotated by more than 1/4 turn and the base value of it should have been reduced by 1.8 point but it wasn’t. Also Sotnikova stepped out of a jump and two foot landed the jump that requires mandatory 2 GOE points deduction, but she received only a 0.9 GOE deduction. Therefore, she received 1.10 points more than she ought to have. And I am not even talking about Sotnikova’s short program where she unbelievably received almost the same amount of points as Yuna Kim with a technically less difficult jumps and inferior artistry. The unfair short program score had a direct effect on the final outcome of the competition along with the long program score because both are combined to count the final score.
In comparison, Yuna Kim’s triple lutz+triple toe jumps were higher, longer, faster without 1/2-3/4 turn pre rotation of the upper body before the take off which resulted in true back jump unlike Sotnikova nor Julia Lipnitskaya’s same jumps which resulted in a cheated forward take off jump in Lutz jump as shown in slow motion. Yuna’s air positions and the landing postures in the jumps were without equal in their text book like form and consistency while both Sotnikova and Lipnitskaya’s air positions and landing postures were anything but ideal. In fact, Yuna’s jump showed a straight axises flying while Sotnikova’s jump showed a arch axises flying. The time interval photos of both of their jumps were shown in detail at the following link:
http://www.instagram24.com/fine_tech/p/673788586021290520_1119815191?page=673892120704254200_1119815191 And a comment in there says, “Only Yuna Kim can do this True-Triple-Lutz in 100 years of women’s figure skating history, except Katarina Witt.(Two times Olympic champion in 1984 and 1988)”
It is unconscionable that judges gave Sotnikova with level 4 step sequence score while they gave Yuna’s step sequence level 3 score which had much more speed, precise clean turns with deeper edges and variety of movements even in the eyes of casual oberver. Sotnikova’s step sequence level had been always in level 3 at consecutive previous events right before the Sochi Olympic, Grand Prix Final and European Championship. When you compare Sochi Olympic LP footwork sequences of both skaters, you can see that Sotnikova didn’t even meet the basic requirements for achieving a Level 4 step sequence while Yuna Kim definitely met those requirements. For example, 5 different types of turns are needed to be executed in both directions and Sotnikova only executed only 4 while Yuna Kim completed all 5 of them. Also, 3 different types of steps are needed to be executed in both directions in order to receive a Level 4, but Sotnikova did only1 type of step executed in both direction while Yuna Kim completed 5 types of steps in both directions. In total, Sotnikova had 32(29+3) footwork sequence movements while yuna Kim had 51(49+2) movements with a clear rhythm and deeper edges in her LP. Yuna Kim had 19 more movements in her step sequence. See the list of movements in the step sequence made by Sotnikova in her LP at http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/showthread.php?49801-Analyzing-Sotnikova-s-LP-step-sequence-it-was-only-level-three&p=884523#post884523 and you can also see Yuna Kim’s list of moves at :
Yuna Kim ‘s captured images at less than a second interval show deep edges with many different poses of transitions in the well put together choreography while Sotnikova ‘s captured images show much less ice coverage and simpler pattern of the trace on the ice. And who said Yuna’s speed was not as fast or energetic as Sotnikova’s? Looking at her wider and more complex pattern of ice coverage compare to that of Sotnikova’s in a given time of 4 minutes to both clearly shows Yuna was moving faster. You can see it at http://www.veooz.com/photos/BGxr1S9.html Also at the Link: http://tvpot.daum.net/v/v96917kmVmjUEffU8mr7jX7 , the side by side simultaneous video comparison of both skater’s performances are shown. To put it in perspective, how both Yuna kim and Sotnikova’s skating skills and performances stacked up with one another if judged fairly, Yuna Kim won last year at the World Championship beating Sotnikova by 218.31 vs. 175.98, a staggering 42.33 point difference.
It is apparent that some experts and ex-skaters tried to justify and defend Sotnikova’s performances at the Sochi olympic with only a minimum amount of analysis and without any substantial evidences to support Sotnikova’s case and to refute the overwhelming evidences against it. On the other hand, much more logical explanations backed up by a large amount of detailed analysis which include graphs, calculations of points in question and video segments as described and provided by numerous commentators and figure skating experts abroad have demonstrated statistically how futile it is to defend or justify Sotnikovas rigged score of the outrageous 224.59 points with a recycled junior season program that is artistically immature with a number of technical mistakes.
An excellent example is an article written by Professor Song titled: “Statistical Analysis of Biased Judging – Figure Skating: Ladies Free” After showing the statistical probability of score cheating at Sochi Olympic, he said, “The competition is pretty much done before it even started if four or five out of nine judges are on your side. One caveat is that it is impossible to “prove this” without a formal authority to investigate. Nevertheless, the science called statistics has an ability to extract this kind of reasonable doubt… My interest, and our interest is that there should not be a place for this kind of unnatural pre-determined set-up in figure skating and to show that the science has an ability to reveal even a small part of such set-up however well it may be hidden.” click on http://blog.daum.net/sadprince57/2349 to see the detail.
So it’s not a matter of which expert opinion is to be believed although only a handful of ex-figure skaters defended Sotnikova’s case compare to many more of those who did not. The question should be which side has more solid case established based not just on opinions of so called “experts” but more in terms of visual evidences. After all, even so called experts in the sports can have a hidden agenda as shown by some of those TV commentators who were praising the performance of Yuna Kim profusely during her performance at the Olympic and then suddenly kept silent right after the final score was announced and even went far as defending the ridiculously high score of Sotnikova. They should be ashamed of themselves for not being truthful to their professionalism. Unfortunately, they are just profitieers of the sport of figure skating who do not care anything about the integrity of the sport which they themselves have been an important part of as ex- figure skaters and analysts.
Betraying the trust and expert decision dependence of millions of figure skating fans and Olympic hopefuls and sports fans around the world, both Julia Lipnitskaia and Adelina Sotnikova were groomed and fraudulently over scored and positioned just in case one will fail to accomplish the Olympic Scheme of the corrupted ISU judges in behalf of Russia. Without falls, Julia Lipnitskaya’s Technical Scores would have also beaten both Kim’s and Kostner’s. If one Russian skater had an explosion of such a score increase, it is unbelievable in the eyes of millions. But when two of them had it at the same time, it was beyond unbelief. Both of them had almost a parallel line of unexplained sudden increases in their Program Component Score in the graph shown at the following link: http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/64960133
It is just another piece of puzzle added on to the growing body of evidence that ISU figure skating as we know it has come to it’s demise in it’s integrity and general support of the public.
Due to ISU’s internal corruption and arrogant contempt toward the public out cry for fairness in the sport I am afraid only those who are naïve or uninformed, including some would be Yuna Kim of the future are willing to sacrifice much of their precious time and effort and lives into a sport that is rotten to it’s core. Unless ISU judges are willing to commit another atrocity of justice in scoring system in Japan during March 24-30 World Figure Skating Championship to cover up their Sochi Olympic debacle, Sotnikova would stay away from the competition to cool things off.