Re Skate Canada Interpretive competitions: I've seen Canadian television coverage of the men's event from 1991 and 1992 and ladies from one of those years (I think 3-5 skaters each, don't know if that was all of them). What I remember is that in 1991 Daniel Weiss won with a program (Phantom of the Opera?) that relied heavily on costume, acting, and interacting with the audience and less on actual skating skills, but it made a strong theatrical impact, probably even stronger live. David Liu was second with a non-jump version of his short program to The Mission soundtrack, relying mostly on the skating skills, including his trademark one-foot step sequence, and telling a story about a man's spiritual journal, but his presentation was more internal and low key than Weiss's. The following year the changed the rules to emphasize the skating and deemphasize the externals, and Liu won that year. Then they discontinued the event. None of the ladies from what I saw were particularly memorable. I liked the rules from the final 1992 version of the competition. IIRC, jumps of up to 1.5 revolutions were allowed, but no doubles or triples. I don't remember about spins. I'd be happy to see a singles event that would be judged on program components and step sequence(s) and other types of elements (spiral sequence and some newly invented ones) involving blades on ice, but no points and maybe deductions for double+ jumps and sustained spins. There would also need to be restrictions on costuming, no props, etc., to keep the focus on the skating. And very clear guidelines on how to score each of the new elements and each of the components. I'm not sure that the Transitions component would make sense as such since there wouldn't be big freestyle elements for them to be transitions between. There could be no elements at all and the entire score could be components. In that case the Transitions component could be replaced by a component called, maybe, Highlights, in which moves like spirals, spread eagles, split jumps, etc., even step sequences, could be rewarded. Or there could be elements, with levels called by a technical panel. For example, 1 Step Sequence could be required, and there could be 2-4 other optional elements, chosen from, e.g., Spiral Sequence Field Moves Sequence (these might or might not be defined so that a single sustained glide in position could fill these slots, like the 6-second hold in the current Choreo Spiral Sequence) School Figures Variation Small Jump Sequence Twizzle Sequence Second Step Sequence Anything else? In that case, everything between the called elements would count as transitions. Or advanced jumps and spins could be allowed but just not earn any points. If the rules are clear enough, it should be judgeable and understandable. Of course judging things like Interpretation is always subjective to some degree, so there will surely be disagreements, and controversies once it gets noticed enough. I'm sure it would take a number of years for enough skaters to develop the necessary skating and performance skills and figure out what kind of program choices work best for this to be a satisfying event for audiences. Would it be better to start more modestly and try to build up the discipline from the grassroots up? Or to start from the top and invite proven freestyle champions to compete in this event as a sideline? That would attract audiences sooner but wouldn't necessarily translate into enough freestyle competitors choosing to put more training time into artistic skating instead, or more artistic skaters who've given up on getting the difficult jumps needed for freestyle success choosing to keep training up to senior/elite level in this lesser known discipline that will never get Olympic exposure.