Brian Orser gave an interview recently and this was one of his quotes: Obviously that sentiment is shared by a lot of people in the figure skating world, but I think it's time for everyone to acknowledge the elephant in the room -- the ISU lied when it said judging anonymity was needed in order to protect judges and keep them from being pressured to cheat; instead, the ISU knew all along that judging anonymity would make it impossible to hold judges accountable and therefore only serve to facilitate cheating. Anonymous judging was created with clear intent to continue and encourage rife cheating and the buying and selling of votes throughout the sport. What other explanation can there be for an organization that: 1) refuses to change the system even after its ineffectiveness has been discovered 2) allows convicted cheating officials to return to the sport after 1 year (can you imagine a professional sports referee being found to rig matches and then be reinstated 1 year later?) 3) the ISU president refuses to acknowledge that cheating is even a severe violation (he referred to fixing matches as "a minor violation") It is clear that with the ISU in charge the sport of figure skating will decline until the ISU can no longer afford to hold competitions without IOC subsidies. Perhaps that point has been reached already. It's time for everyone to acknowledge that figure skating currently exists with an unworkable model. The governing body is not interested in fair competitions or fair and honest business practices and regulations between its member federations. The governing body itself has been exposed as a criminal organization within the sport of figure skating. Please feel free to discuss.