No worries, folks. Reputation scoring is alive and well.
Take Mao Asada, who (rightfully) finished first. I’m not debating her win AT ALL, but to win by more than 11 points over Ashley Wagner was ridiculous. Mao received 131+ for a free skate that included a fall on a 3A (UR’d), a UR’d…
Reasons why Mao score here is close to her PB:
- until about 2009 Mao struggled with spin levels and lost A LOT of points even in her best performances,
- only recently Mao mastered lvl4 footwork consistently (with consistent HIGH GoEs),
- the base value of 3A and the GoE factoring was changed, so now 3A, even imperfect, is worth more
- Mao attempts 8 triples now, so even if she misses some, it doesn’t hurt her score too much. At the moment of achieving her PB she didn’t attempt 3S, and her 3T was downgraded to a double,
- the base value of 3L is now higher,
- her skating skills and ice coverange are incomparably better now than in 2007. Back in 2007, due to her growth spurt, she was skating on quite shallow edges (especially visible in her spiral sequence).
- back in 2007, a < meant the base value of the jump was reduced to that of a double AND it had to be penalized with negative GOE. Right now < meants that the jump was lightly underrotated, but not enough to be downgraded, so it receives 70% of the BV, and the GoE penalty depends on the severity of the underrotation. The jump is downgraded when it’s marked by «.
2007 - 5 clean triples (although both Lutzes were hit with -GoE from some judges for flutzing), 1 two-footed triple, 1 triple downgraded to a double (final value 0.1 after GoE deduction),
2013 - 4 clean triples, 1 two-footed triple, 1 triple with < and a fall (final value 2.0 after GoE & fall deduction)
2007 - final value of StSq 3.74
2013 - final value of StSq 5.80
2007 - combined final value of 4! spins and spiral sequence: 15.89
2013 - combined final value of 3! spins and choreo sequence: 16.9
So, basically, the difference comes from:
A) the different base values (and this is something all ladies benefit from)
B) much higher levels and GoE scores - and this is something Mao worked on. A lot of ladies throw points away by having low levels - and so they have to work harder on beating their old PBs, as now a spiral sequence in the SP and a spin in the LP were removed. Mao manages to achieve more points now on her non-jump elements than in the old days thanks for her high levels and GoEs. :)
(Sorry to all my followers for the CoP math! I’m going to make a separate figure skating blog evetually, I swear.)
So you asked for different local things to visit and cool attractions and stuff, so I was hoping you would publish this. I live in a rural part of Lincolnshire and nearby there’s a heavy horse sanctuary called Northcotes, but they don’t just take in heavy horses. They take in ponies too and once I think they had a donkey. They try their best to rescue horses from homes where they aren’t wanted or can’t be looked after, or were outright abused, and they look after them. The horses live out their days in green fields and roomy stables.
They’ve been struggling a lot lately and that’s mainly why I’m submitting this. They run purely off donations and what little money they can scrape together. Everything they make goes towards the horses. They have open days and cool events such as medieval days and wild west days, they really try their best. The horses there are great and you can get really up close and personal with them, leading them, grooming them, going for carriage rides with them, it’s a real hands-on experience and a great chance to get close to some huge, magestic animals.
Northcotes was once home to the world’s largest horse, Goliath, and after that the world’s largest shire horse, Cracker. The characters there are just fantastic, each horse is special and individual.
So I’m guessing what I’m saying is if you’re EVER in the Skegness/Mablethorpe/Spilsby/etc vacinity on holiday, you should definitely go visit them! And if you can’t visit, it’s a worthwhile charity to put some money towards. You can even adopt a horse to support it’s care! Like when you adopt those cute little leopard cubs.
So thank you all for reading, go check them out, they’re great people.
Signal boost: this lovely establishment is facing closure due to the lack of funds. Check out their website:
You can help by donating - every penny counts :)
It’s time to start paying attention to what’s going on in Russia in case you haven’t yet. Putin has declared war on the gay community. He’s made it illegal to promote homosexuality in theater, film, tv, print that in any way could be seen by youth. In other words anything gay is now pornography.
He’s outlawed the adopting of Russian children to any country that has legalized marriage equality.
And now it is reported that his next law will remove the children of GLBT families from their homes. This will apply to biological children as well as formerly adopted ones.
This is a horror. Not only for our community but even for straight families. Already divorced parents are threatening one another with blackmail to tell authorities that their ex is now gay just to control parental rights.
Putin wants this attack against human rights to be his legacy. He believes he can get the backing of the Vatican as well as all other conservative religious leaders to join his cause.
What can we do? Make his actions and his plans public. Shine the light of public opinion on this evil doer.
Boycott the Winter Olympics in Russia. Believe me, Putin will use the Olympics as proof that the world backs up his action. There are only two ways to deal with a tyrant: Starve out the rat, or destroy him.
So, my friends, do your research and then GET LOUD AGAINST PUTIN AND HIS ANTI-GAY POGROM. This is a very small world. Our brothers and sisters in Russia need us NOW!
This is horrible. I have no words.
I was really looking forward towards the Sochi Olympics. It will be the last opportunity for many of my favourite figure skaters to perform - and many of them (or their coaches/choreographers) are LGBT-supporters (or LGBT themselves). However, as the news regarding Putin’s recent “reforms” are pouring in, I must say I would no longer feel safe in Russia. And this is a very painful thing for me to say, because I have many Russian friends. I shudder to think how their lives might be affected.
Since you’ve really pulled up your awesomesocks and helped us hit our original target, we’ve decided to up the ante. Our new target? $123,000.
“Wow,” you say. “That’s a weirdly specific target!”
You’re right! It’s exactly the amount we need to make sure the JCC gets some amazing solar panels. We want the JCC to be as self-sustaining and sustainable as possible. There’s no shortage of sun in Haiti - solar panels are a great investment.
Spread the word! Get back in the groove! Fundraising isn’t over yet.
Presenting your SAARA winners! The SAARA Smiles winner was thelearnedfoot, a world-wide runathon organised to help Jen Goellnitz with her medical costs after her second battle with cancer.
Well done to all of our winners and nominees, and thank you for voting!
Congrats to the winners!
There are bills being being approved all over the US that will make it illegal for anyone to go undercover and document what is happening to animals (and humans) in factory farms. Specifically, the bills are being moved in Indiana (my state), Arkansas, and possibly in Tennessee. It has already…
And whistleblower suppression bills don’t just harm animals, they also harm our freedom of speech, environmental efforts, and worker rights — which is why these bills are opposed by more than thirty charities, including The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, the Sierra Club, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the United Food and Commercial Workers.
*waits for it*
[From Avengers #106, 1972.]
and it just keeps getting better and better :D
oh my god though somebody please
[Avengers #5, 1963]
(Edited previous reply with extra panels and credit.)
Someone really should save skater boy over there.
Satan got his revenge.
iT GOT SO MUCH BETTER HELP
I am no artist
thE LAST FUCKIN ONE MADE ME SQUEAK LIKE A PANCAKE
YOU KEPT SOLLUX IN I’M CRYING I’M SO HAPPY
Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.
It makes me cry that this was ever our world. What a way to take the rug out from under my day.
I love Mao but how did she get a positive, as in plus signed, GOE after double footing her 3A? *mind blown* *poof* Everyone was so certain that her SP score was so bad because of that 3A but nooo, that double-footed 3A saved her. Only 2 judges penalized that jump. If she got the negative GOE that her 3A deserves, -2 to -3, Mao could’ve gotten a 25 to 27-ish element score. O_O
As for Kostner… I can see that judges love her. Even EuroSport commentators say so.
Yuna’s broken down scores look acceptable. Could’ve been higher but still acceptable. I think she needs to work more on her program components.
Overall, the judging was really weird.
This is not how the GoE reduction works. :)
The penalty for touch-down with a free leg (withought weight transfer) is -1 GOE. However, the GOE score is accumulative, which means that the positive GoE can still be applied for fulfilling the GoE bullets. Of course, if the touch-down would be accomapnied by turn-out, step-out, < or « mark or other visible error, the GoE would be further reducted according to the guildlines.
-2 to -3 GoE is the penalty for actually landing on two feet (with weight distributed on both legs) - see Akiko Suzuki’s 1A in the LP at 4CC 2013.
I’m not sure who is the “everyone” who thought it was the axel that negatively affected the score, either. :) Every post I’ve read blamed the popped 3L with mandatory -3GoE and/or, in the case of the more knowledgeable fans, missed features on the layback and camel spin.