Михаил Самарский (misha_samarsky) wrote,
Михаил Самарский
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How Sotnikova Beat Kim, Move by Move





Double-Triple Combination

Sotnikova’s combination had a much higher base value because she chose to do the most difficult double jump, the double axel. She received high marks for her good flow, height and distance. She added a 10 percent bonus by executing the combination in the second half of the program.

Triple toe

Double axel

Composite Image by The New York Times

The double jump Kim chose is one of the easiest, so it has a low base value. The entry was simple, and the jump ended with little speed.

Triple

salchow

Double toe

Composite Image by The New York Times

Where Sotnikova Scored Higher





Element


Sotnikova’s Points


Kim’s Points


Difference
Double-triple combination
9.94
6.50
+3.44
Footwork
5.60
4.44
+1.16
Layback spin
3.77
3.04
+0.73
Three-jump combination
8.34
7.83
+0.51
Change-foot combination spin
4.71
4.21
+0.50
Triple salchow
5.82
5.52
+0.30
Triple flip
6.80
6.50
+0.30
Double axel
4.70
4.42
+0.28
Flying combination spin
4.56
4.43
+0.13

Where Kim Scored Higher





Element


Sotnikova’s Points


Kim’s Points


Difference
Additional triple
6.70
7.60
+0.90
Triple lutz-triple toe
11.10
11.70
+0.60
Skating skill and artistry
74.41
74.50
+0.09

Footwork and Layback Spin

On two elements, the footwork and the layback spin, Sotnikova had a difficulty level of 4, while Kim had a level 3. This meant that Kim had nearly a point deficit in the base value for the two elements combined. In her layback spin, Sotnikova changed positions with ease while maintaining speed and intensity, and the judges rewarded her with higher marks. She received nearly two points more than Kim did for the two elements.

Composite Images by The New York TimesPositions from Sotnikova (left) and Kim’s layback spins.
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