Here is an article about Scott Ethan Allen at the 1964 Olympics.
He's featured in the second half:
Unbelievable that Calmat came second with all those falls
He came in fifth in the Free Skate.
For the record, of the nine judges, one had him thirteenth in the Free Skate, one had him tied for seventh, and the others had him fifth or higher. So it's not completely absurd to rank him tenth if you've actually watched the skates, but it is if you don't know how the others skated.
The same question can be asked of both of us. What I do know is that when somebody falls 3 times, skates what Doris describes as a disjointed FS due to the falls, and gets booed, 5th was
Last edited by Judge Dred; 06-24-2012 at 09:51 PM.
Given that Calmat won his World Championship the following year without even attempting any triple jumps (while getting technical marks that were, with one exception, all 5.8's and 5.9's), it seems unlikely that the there were a whole bunch of skaters with significantly better technical content finishing behind him in the Free Skate.
As for the audience reaction, back in those days it often had something to do with the fact that the audience hadn't watched the Compulsories and was reacting emotionally to the overall placement, not the specific result in the Free Skate.
Not so very different from certain posters on FSU, if you ask me.
Perhaps the ISU should just add a little *asterisk that designates "complete splat-fest" to certain comps in their historical records....
Artistic Impression marks made me go because when they first flash on the screen, the mark from the French judge starts out as 5.0, but it then rises to 5.8.
I've never seen anything like that before, and I wonder if this might be the source of the stories about a judge making a mistake with the marks.
By the way, I checked on Wikipedia, and that French judge was not a young Marie-Reine Le Gougne.
And, for anyone who's interested, here some other Men's Free Skates from the 1968 Olympics:
John Misha Petkevich
Jan Hoffmann, aged 12
ETA: And a link to a longer video of the Free Skate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPMngw7uVEA
Petkevich probably could have jumped over Hoffmann's head!
Last edited by Vagabond; 07-02-2012 at 02:53 AM.
Someone posted just a link to an interview with Tim Wood in another thread, and it contains an explanation of what happened in 1968:
http://figureskating.about.com/od/fa...n-Tim-Wood.htmI heard you should have won the 1968 Winter Olympics, but there was a clerical error with the scores. Can you tell me what happened?:
The Canadian judge wanted to put me in first, and it was his mark that would make the difference in whether I placed first or second. He put the wrong mark down by accident, and in those days, once the wrong mark was on paper, there was no way a mistake could be changed. I ended up with a silver medal in 1968 instead of gold due to that error.
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