How Sotnikova Beat Kim, Move by Move
The scores for Adelina Sotnikova and Kim Yu-na were close for most of their long program elements. But Sotnikova took a significant lead in a few areas. Adam Leib, a coach and national technical specialist for U.S. Figure Skating, analyzes the performances.
Sotnikova’s combination had a much higher base value because she chose to do the most difficult double jump, the double axel1. 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.
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.
Double-triple combination +3.442
Layback spin +0.73
Three-jump combination +0.51
Change-foot combination spin +0.50
Triple salchow +0.30
Triple flip +0.30
Double axel +0.28
Flying combination spin +0.13
Additional triple +0.90
Triple lutz-triple toe +0.60
Skating skill and artistry +0.09
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.
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1 Жирным всюду выделено мной. - В.А.
2 Разница в баллах. Таблица приводится в сокращённом виде.