I may seem like a bad idea now just because it seems that there are a few countries that dominate, but really its purpose it to have the sport grow countries where figure skating has not reached its potential (South Korea, China, Spain, Italy) or reboost countries whom used to have strong legacy in figure skating (Germany, Czech). Or have countries who are passionate about sport start funding more into figure skating such as Austrailia.
I do not see the ISU and IOC wanting to stage an event with 40-48 performances in one day.The new team format was to start with 10-12 teams and the first round and to only include 1 short program for men, ladies and pairs and 1 short dance.
Yes.If you think its a terrible idea then you must also think that team events in gymnastics
South Korea didn't (and doesn't) have any pairs or dance teams. It did have some men who were age-eligible in 2010, but the men's team didn't qualify for the Olympics.
China's men didn't qualify either.
France didn't qualify for the ladies' competition in Vancouver, but even if it had, it probably wouldn't have sent anyone. The only age-eligible French ladies at the time were Candice Didier, who was recovering from injuries, and Gwendoline Didier, who also had health problems and wasn't even sent to Euros.
the horror... all those burdens and stress that would fall onto skaters, omg... plz plz let it be scheduled at least a week AFTER the main disciplines have finished. But I'd never understand how to make sense of it. Also, the reason that Olympic moment is special for many ppl is that it's almost once in a lifetime chance for many athletes, and it's all focused on that one moment with tremendous stress/adrenalin stumbling with tears and joys from the athletes themselves and everyone watching across the world. Talking about being able to have redemption or another chance at the same event, IDK... maybe I don't know bcuz I don't really understand how other sports with group competition is dealing with it or whatever.
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As for the Team event, yes, a few countries will dominate at first. But I have a hard time beleiving that countries that are lacking in just one of the 4 disciplines wouldn't scurry to build those programs, which would ultimately help skating in general.
BUt I agree it should be AFTER the individual events.
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I would assume and hope that lower ranked athletes will be given chance for team event. That way only those higher-ranked athletes who truly wants will participate while also giving chance to so many deserving athletes who do not currently make the team.
I absolutely love the idea. In my country (Norway) the most important medals to win are the team competitions (relay for cross country skiing and team competition for ski jumping) because so many things have to come together and there is a lot of excitement during the competitions. it's always the ratings winner. The athletes love representing their country together. It is a big honor to be picked for the team.
If this will encourage countries to build strong programs in all disciplines I think it is positive for the growth of the sport.
Figure skating is one of the sports where the athletes compete very little compared to other sports and the athletes only have one shot at a medal in each championship. I think it is great they will get one more opportunity to take a medal home for their country.
And it's not as if there are many countries that are really "lacking in just one of the 4 disciplines." For example, although Finland sent entries to Europeans in three discipline, its male singles skater and its dance couple didn't make it out of the Preliminaries. In fact, they weren't even close to qualifying for the Short Program.
I must say I'm a little bit torn.
I agree that the only countries fighting here will be Russia, USA and Canada, which makes it a totally weak idea. On the other hand, I also agree with the statement that figure skaters deserve more Olympic medal chances than just one, like athletes in so many other disciplines. And of course, it would be great to have even more FS during Olympics for me as a fan!
But then I have to say I feel really bad for the poor synchro skaters - why not giving them a chance to live their Olympic dream? I'm sure audiences all over the world (not necessarily FS fans - I for one do not like SS very much) could really like a spectacular sport like this.
Duh, I really don't know what to think about this...
so the idea is that one/two athletes competes pr country from each disclipine, and then the scores are put together?
I'd rather see extreme jumps/spins/footworks/etc events as proposed by gkelly(?) in the other thread added to the Olympics There are so few countries that are reasonably strong across all four disciplines that they really should just mail the medals now and be done with it.
I have always been a huge fan of this idea, I have even asked for it years ago! I see no reason why this is a bad idea. If you don't think these athletes are capable of skating an extra performance then that is just silly. They skate run-throughs every day and are able to get up and walk the next day and do it all over again. These are athletes, not porcelain dolls.
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I'm not excited about this in the least.
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I like more medal possibilies for skaters!