Okay, after I posted my NHK Wrap-up Yesterday I promised a post, specifically about Mao Asada's Triple Axel combination in her free skate. I again need the help of my astute judging system experts.
So Mao Asada nails a Triple Axel in her free skate at NHK and then goes on to throw another Triple Axel with a double toe on the end...to the naked eye it looked amazing!
Now I get when we slow it down on the replay and zoom in on the jump she under rotated it just a bit. This season that is just not allowed and the jump is downgraded to a double axel with only double axel points attached to it. This part I understand.
Here's the part I don't get. Not only was the jump downgraded to a double...she received negative GOE's for it. So instead of...'wow, she almost pulled off another triple axel,' it was scored as 'that was a crappy double axel.' This doesn't make sense to me at all!
Seems to me that while the jump is downgraded, she should get positive grades because it was 1/4 turn (if that!) short of being a triple axel combo...come on! What she did was way better and more difficult than a double axel combo and she would have received more points had she simply done a double axel/double toe.
Am I missing something here? Is what I'm saying here not make sense? Can anyone help me understand how this combo was judged fairly?