you guys are cracking me up!
In most disciplines, with a few simple changes, I think the sky's the limit! If they can somehow level out the awarding of GOE, and not have it be a function of fame, world rank or country, the sport would be in great shape.
Men's skating is the most exciting it's ever been, imo. In part, this comes from the fantastic depth. And the depth comes directly from COP and volatility it allows for in the standings. The programs we're seeing are phenomenal! I honestly wouldn't change anything here.
On the ladies side, if they simply did to step sequences what they did to the spirals, I predict all would be right with the world within a few seasons.
1) no credit for side by side elements performed without synchronicity
2) set one base value amount for each type of death spiral as well as one for step sequences, no levels awarded
(I suppose at this point there's no way to "De-Moskvina-fy" all the crazy stuff going on in lifts.)
Currently, people are trying to stand out through achievement of levels. When you take the levels away, I predict they will return to using choreography and emotion to try to separate themselves from the pack.