Tuesday, March 30

Formspring.me: Why isn't a triple toe worth more as a second jump in a combination than as a stand-alone jump? It seems like it should be since it is so much more difficult; thus I don't see why it's such a huge advantage to go for the triple-triple...

The 'advantage' of doing a double Axel/triple jump combo or triple/triple is that you are able to do all 7 triples and earn full points for each (in the ladies event). You can also do a sequence and only earn 80% of the base value of the jumps. But if you do not include a triple/triple or double Axel/triple jump combo or sequence, you can only do 6 triple jumps. Then again, doing another double Axel instead of a 7th triple isn't going to lose you that many points vs. the 7 triples... so I think the system needs to be changed to maybe give 110% to the base value of the whole combo or sequence, like they do with jump elements after the half-way mark in the free skate. Hope that makes sense, it sounds kind of confusing as I type it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Agreed. For instance, Plushenko almost put a quad as the second jump in a combination but though better of it. A triple-quad should be worth so much more than a quad-triple...