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bruno6
02-16-2012, 02:26 PM
I am writing this quickly while at work...
But in the by laws judges can not be coaches
What kind of con job is that.. Isn't tek controllers
Judges???

IceIceBaby
02-16-2012, 02:57 PM
I think the problem is with the judges, not the system. What's mind boggling to me is why coaches are now teck controllers. That is bias in it's purest form. And should be illegal. They are judging skaters. Grand prix events should not allow coaches who have
Teams in the grand prix judge their rival skaters. This is a joke. Save the system out the
Judges...

Wow, I didn't know that coaches are allowed to be technical controllers!:eek:
I am so tired of this continuous unfair judging that goes on and on. Just a couple of hours ago I read this interview with Pechalat/Bourzat and their opinions about what happened in the Euros: http://absoluteskating.com/index.php?cat=interviews&id=2012pechalatbourzat

The skaters feel as bad about the judging as does the audience. Who benefits from this system?

Rob
02-16-2012, 03:51 PM
Fast forward to today... and do many of you really feel that there are far less creative, artistic performances out there now compared to, say, 1994-2002

Absolutely. I have a hard time remembering skater's programs under COP because they all look so the same. I can clearly remember specific choreography and visual moments from pre-COP programs like Chen Lu's Rach, Klimova and Pomonorenko's A Man and a Woman, Michelle Kwan's Rach SP and several LPs, T/D's bolero and paso, etc.

The lack of uniqueness is even more apparently outside of the medal contenders. There are a lot of top 10 skaters who do generic programs with jumps with hippy hoppy double loops tacked on, wobbly spins, slow sloppy footwork, long footwork sections of swinging around on one foot which must wear the skater out. Whereas you used to get some truly interesting and entertaining programs outside of the perennial World medal contenders (like Kristina Czako, Stephanie Rosenthal in the US to name a couple).

However, I do want to point out that most of the skaters on the 2006 and 2010 Olympic podiums were skaters that are thought of as artistic/complete packages. Mao was trying to rely on the 3Axel, but she still is an artistic skater. Slute may have been a power skater but she had become a complete artistic skater. You can argue about Lysacek and Plush all you want, but that was not in the same vein of the athlete vs. the artist competitions like Elvis vs. Kurt/Ilia/Urmanov or Midori vs Kristi or Tonia vs. Kristi or Nancy.

The place I think it has really started hurting the most is pairs. Pairs now is full of truly ugly struggling arm wrestling lifts. It wasn't quite as bad during early COP. There are only a couple of pairs ladies with the line to make those lifts look decent and a couple of men who can keep up the speed during them.

I don't like the short dance, but dance is where I still see truly memorable choreography in COP, perhaps due to the skill level of the dancers.

bruno6
02-16-2012, 04:21 PM
I think everyone should drop a email to the
ISU to ask congress to change this immediately or
You will see in the next few years even more
Corruption then before. Tek specialist can make or
Break a teams scores! No coaches should be allowed to
Judge period!!

johndockley92
02-16-2012, 05:32 PM
A. being on the tech panel is not judging. I see no reason why coaches who don't have skaters in that event shouldn't be on a panel. There is zero evidence of any bias on the tech panels, and their job is very black and white, there is no opinion in it.

B. You only remember the specific choreography pre-COP because it was so rare :)

cruisin
02-16-2012, 05:54 PM
I don't think CoP is necessarily worse, but it is no improvement. There is still bias, it is just harder to see. Because of anonymity and because the marks are totals and not broken down (unless you know t look at protocols). The programs have lost something. It is sad that there are those who do not appreciate the athleticism needed to execute an artistic program. Why is doing a bunch of elements, often beyond your ability, considered more difficult than combining grace, musicality, and artistry with strong elements? People see CoP for exactly what it is, smoke and mirrors. The ISU created it to persuade the public that they were sound something about biased judging. They changed the math. But, they never addressed the real problem, a sport so steeped in opinion and bias, that no new system could fix it. SLC Olympics did a lot of damage to the sport. The sport thought it could just carry on, pretend to police itself, and keep the fans (AKA revenue). People are not that naive, they wanted to see real changes, like sanction unfair judging. The 6.0 system was not a prize winning system, but CoP is no better. It was never the system, it was the implementation of the system. And that has not changed one bit.

bruno6
02-16-2012, 06:13 PM
Being on the tek panel is not judging?? You must be joking. Then how do you account
For the marks the skaters receive ? If you think that is not judging you are not being
Real. Tek panel give levels they are judging levels from what their opinion I's.
Yes they have 3 that must agree and if one judges thinks they called a wrong level they
Call for a review. But if you have to cozy judges they can over rule the third call.
So yes this is most definatly judging and affecting the skaters marks. Geat Real!!!

IceIceBaby
02-16-2012, 06:21 PM
A. being on the tech panel is not judging. I see no reason why coaches who don't have skaters in that event shouldn't be on a panel. There is zero evidence of any bias on the tech panels, and their job is very black and white, there is no opinion in it.


Technical panel played a huge role in Euros short dance and also for example didn't call Chan's fall in 4CC.

bruno6
02-16-2012, 06:21 PM
I don't know no evidence of bias... Do you sit in round table disscussions of judges
When they are talking....the evidence is quite clear from the history of this sport .
To think it does not show up on tek panels is to be very naive.

demetriosj
02-16-2012, 07:28 PM
Really don't think the system of judging is the main problem.

The relationships between coaches and judges are so incestuous it's sickening. Coaches and judges and skaters traveling together to international events, for example, with coaches continuously sucking up to the judges who will be judging their skaters.... Calling judges under the guise of asking advise about their skater, all the while just kissing up.....constantly trying to curry favor for their skater...

How can any one system even begin to fix this type of mess?

cruisin
02-16-2012, 08:02 PM
Really don't think the system of judging is the main problem.

The relationships between coaches and judges is so incestuous it's sickening. Coaches and judges and skaters traveling together to international events, for example, with coaches continuously sucking up to the judges who will be judging their skaters.... Calling judges under the guise of asking advise about their skater, all the while just kissing up.....constantly trying to curry favor for their skater...

How can any one system even begin to fix this type of mess?

It can't. Add in that judges go to the official practices and then have meetings where they discuss those practices, and you have no way to fix it. Why are the judges allowed to go to the official practices? Why are the judges allowed to "make their deals" in the judges rooms at events?

caseyedwards
02-16-2012, 08:15 PM
Two hands down on a quad toe better always be worth more than a clean triple Flip!!! You are talking about a quad toe! It just goes back to an interview with Jeff Buttle I saw when he was asked "so what's a quad all about?" You can pull back on technical difficulty to plese the ignorant. If you want to ban quads that could be done but don't make it was before where an URed quad toe was worth 1 point and no one did them barely anymore and you then had complaints about technical regression! Four revolutions beats three! Always should be the case.

Nomad
02-16-2012, 08:29 PM
Were you responding to something other than the voices in your head?

professordeb
02-16-2012, 08:47 PM
Technical panel played a huge role in Euros short dance and also for example didn't call Chan's fall in 4CC.

Chan didn't fall in 4CC this year, he had hands down. Since it wasn't a fall, the deduction for it shows up in PCS as opposed to a deduction from his total. He didn't splat or zambonie the ice. If you want to see an actual FALL, check out Dai's quad attempt.

Patrick's short (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg8Tc3AIp3I&feature=related) and he was clean in the free.

Dai's quad attempt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI9aTd9QXbI&feature=related)

Maybe some people should read what was actually written by those who were there or who watched.

IceIceBaby
02-16-2012, 08:58 PM
Chan didn't fall in 4CC this year, he had hands down. Since it wasn't a fall, the deduction for it shows up in PCS as opposed to a deduction from his total. He didn't splat or zambonie the ice. If you want to see an actual FALL, check out Dai's quad attempt.


But his body weight was on his hands = fall! That's what the rules say!