GOE are sort of bonus points. You get them for the quality of your execution. That is where DW fall down. Look at that up there.
One of my impressions is that compared to at least a couple of dancers (and I haven't seen everybody) - DW skate small. Their bodies are tight. Their cores aren't elevated and open, their shoulders aren't open. Their "footprint" (ice coverage, and power/size of curve they get from each stroke) is small. Particularly compared to two teams I did see - the Shibs, and God help us, Gilles & Poirier. Gilles still needs to get over her skates more - her inconsistency in getting herself over her skates creates instability in things like twizzles, but to give her credit, she skated this program with him - he didn't drag her and she didn't run on her toe picks. The program wasn't the most complex compared to others skating at their level, but it was well put together, worked with the music, and treated Piper as legit instead of a problem the choreography needed to solve - and the judges didn't pretend the pcs were better than they were. That's reserved for DW.
To give Meryl credit, in the second Key Point she got onto the proper edge sooner than she did at Skate America. But GOE is the LAST place they should be earning points. The judges seem determined to hold them up somewhere, but pcs is insane.
And here's some apples to oranges:
|This is DW's curve lift, also Level 4.|
It got 1:43 GOE at SA and 1.50 at
NHK. And what's that up there
but a fireman's carry?
Figure skating has had issues rewarding athletes who are better than others before. Back in the day, Gordeeva & Grinkov did a split quadruple twist but eventually took it out, because it didn't have any appreciable impact on their marks (in the 6.0 era). That's what we want in sport. We want a sport to have no ability to accomodate itself to advances in technique and execution.
(Not sure if the hold is legal,
but that's an issue for the
|At Skate America she rotates into the lift -|
a higher quality, more difficult entrance
than swinging/slinging your
partner onto you back. The back end
of this lift (where she's rotated)
was a bit inelegant - she's sort of sagging in it.
|Now he's slinging her up there.|
The back end of the lift is improved. She rotates her
body horizontally and is now carried higher in
the lift rotation.
I suspect because the sling her up there entrance is quicker than having her rotate up, because it requires less control, and this leaves more time for a better transition into the rotational part of the lift. I think a difficult entrance makes it harder to get the lift in under time.
Should slinging or grabbing and flipping your partner be considered on par with an entrance where you assist your partner as she rotates around her own axis up off an edge? And if you do get that lift under time, shouldn't it get higher GOE? And as +3 is the max, shouldn't GOE be configured so that a purposefully sloppy lift can't get +3? If you're splayed out and crouched over and your form is crap, is high GOE really merited because you do it quickly and execute your crap form "cleanly"? If that's happening, isn't that a fault in the system?
Btw, the photo of the wrestlers tells us a bit about why Meryl maintains the weight she maintains. More contour and you can see clearly that the basics of her lifts with Charlie are primitive. If she looks like a string wrapped in chiffon, the visual is finessed.