What I like about CoP is it tallies up points for the tech elements. Everything you do actually counts, and you also get the presentation scores broken up into 5 categories that evaluate the performances holistically and makes up 1/2 of your total score. It still needs a lot of tweaking to get rid of contorted positions/ugliness and strike a healthy balance between overall impression and the sum of tech elements you completed, but it is definitely on the right track to help people compare apples to apples.
The rest is summed up eloquently by jl, Margaret, et el.
Two things I really like about IJS: skaters can come back after a less than perfect short program and you don't hear so much about the first skater in the group "being forgotten".
And I bet a lot of casual sports fans in America while away many a Sunday on one of the most complicated sports known to man: Football. I personally think figure skating is waaaay easier to understand.
Oh, and maybe you should brush up on your Olympic history since the ancient Olympics included competitions for poetry, music, dance, etc...
Figure skating is a competitive athletic event. That makes it a sport. Period.
Just like every other commentary by 6.0-era skaters that glorifies 6.0 and blames IJS for the decline in figure skating's popularity (IN THE U.S.!!), this article is total B.S. If people just didn't like IJS judging or IJS-style skating, they would be skipping the competitions but still flocking to the ice shows, where skating is still free, expressive, and not based on "math". That isn't happening. Not in the U.S., anyway.
Julieann, Janet is expressing her sincere belief, as many here have.I think she is being over dramatic.
Here's the thing - how can those attributes that Janet alluded to be integrated in Code of Points (if at all)? Should poor body line or a lack of a toe point get -1 GOE on elements such as spins and footwork? Or should these attributes be more reflected on components scores?
I think additions such as only 7 elements in the SP and a choreographic step sequence in the long program are steps in the right direction. I think a level 1 choreographic spin would help as well.
In my books, ordinals and judges in favour/One By One + factored placements had its own complications as well.
Just to give two examples from Vancouver: we only have Yuna Kim in FS because of the popularity of short track in South Korea, because there were no FS-only facilities in the entire country when she was coming up, and even though Evan Lysacek was on Dancing with the Stars, Shaun White still has higher name recognition and is making way more money. Snowboarding will almost certainly eclipse skating in the long run in the US, for a whole host of reasons. The IOC can find plenty of cash cows for the US market that don't have the same "baggage" as skating.
And "premier event" does not mean that it's a sport, either. Arguably, the premier event of all Olympics are the opening and closing ceremonies, because they are the most watched and also are the most universal since all people are allowed to be a participant. They're not sportive to me, either, but are perhaps the most poignant events since it is representative of a celebration of all peoples.
I don't think that you can separate yourself from holism if you evaluate figure skating, nor should you, but I think you need to be able to break down the whole experience into collective parts. The ability of figure skating to be athletic and demand precision, combined with the requirement to present these abilities, can't be discounted. That being said, the breakdown in 6.0 appears to me to be more arbitrary, because even technically you could be "perfect", which isn't really possible given that you should be able to exceed the bounds. While you can point to PCS in COP in the same way, I think it is a case of where the PCS has to be ascribed on such a scale but the TES is decoupled, which to me, makes it easier for people to determine at least, on one perspective, what made a skate "better" than the other.
The other question that I think COP better addresses is the SP/FS arbitrariness that sometimes happened in figure skating. Technically, you could end up so many spots behind first place for one error in the SP, but even if you outskated everyone (e.g. everyone else falls on every other element or forgets programs or whatever), if you don't finish X spots above first in the FS, you can't win. I believe that COP may afford too much equality between the SP and FS so far (since there is the argument the SP is a mini-FS now), but it at least affords the potential for someone who clearly outdid everyone on the second day to make up for their potential shortfall in the SP (Sandhu at SC comes to mind).
Figure skating is a competitive athletic event. So is speed typing, because without certain physical traits (hand agility, physical endurance, etc) you can't be as good as others. Maybe it's a sport too, but I don't think it fits the spectrum. That being said, I don't know where the distinctive line then exists by your words.
Those of us who bemoan the loss of beauty in FS are not unable to do math. Several people here have acted like we're morons if we don't like COP. I understand if one skater gets more points than another, (s)he will win. And I don't think 6.0 was a perfect system either. But COP has plenty of problems of its own, AND the result is loss of some of the really beautiful moves in skating while maintaining the cheating aka holding up certain skaters thru use of PCS which at this point is completely meaningless.
How many points would a really beautiful skid spiral get? Probably none at all & would only count as a transition. How long has it been since you've seen one?
ETA: I see Triple Butz has said more or less the same thing.
Also, the few times that the American commentators have been helpful and not all "oh my gosh, IJS is soooo complicated" they've provided helpful info like "Okay, it's the men's SP; a score below 60 is not that great, 60-70 is fair, 70-80 is good, anything above 80 is quite, quite good" and that sort of thing. So the numbers don't "mean nothing."
Janet Lynn for ISU President! "The system no longer assures knowledge, security, individuality and freedom on ice." She is so spot-on about that! That is not to say that I want a return of 6.0, which also had more than its fair share of problems. I would prefer some type of hybrid that combines the best of both judging systems.