Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Visaliakid, Jun 7, 2013.
Of course. Not surprised at all.
Really that thin-skinned?! Surely they are used to hearing about and completely ignoring "outside comments" by this juncture. We are talking about the world of figure skating now, aren't we.
Some of the goals that appear in Auxier's statement seem quite similar to the goals put forward by Ron Pfenning. So maybe some "outsider" comments/ suggestions are worth listening to and trying to implement, rather than ignoring and feeling offended by.
Is Dick Button considered "outside" nowadays?
I have to say, I did not hear that from any of the athlete representatives that I spoke too. What I heard sounded like valid concerns and some that I shared as well prior to voting.
I have my doubts the skaters felt insulted. What I am quite sure they reacted to was something that poisoned the voting well with many delegates before the GC even started. Read the following sent to me several weeks ago and decide for yourselves. This was not published prior to now. 'When threatened make sure to privately smear then publicly claim voters insulted'
The vote was very lopsided in any case.
From Pfenning's FB candidate page:
Full statement: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=669730759761829&id=499834056751501&stream_ref=10
There is one major thing that Janet Lynn could do that would, beyond anything else, improve the state of figure skating: COACH.
The things that she believes should be instilled in skaters could come from no better source than HERSELF.
Coach skaters, Janet. COACH!
Thanks Sylvia, Visaliakid and others for all the informative links you've posted.
IMO, Ron Pfenning was ballsy and courageous in taking a risk and a leap of faith in leading a movement to help push the sport forward. With the subsequent failure of that initial doomed effort, Mr. Pfenning became one of the expendable and convenient scapegoats. Thus, now having been declared "ineligible" by the ISU, Mr. Pfenning has been marginalized and labeled an "outsider."
I for one, love how Mr. Pfenning is NOT failing to bravely continue trying to push forward the sport he loves with worthy ideas, positivity and optimism.
"Martyrs never regret what they have done, having done it."
-- Alice Walker (The World Will Follow Joy)
As human beings, all of us can only push forward with the ...
"Hope that every failure is an arrow pointing toward enlightenment"
-- Alice Walker
Thank you, Ron Pfenning!
"The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself" -- F.D. Roosevelt
Glad this was published. Really highlights the efforts that some will go to see someone else fail. Sad.