An interesting article up on Ice Network today that I didn't see posted here yet.
Makes me dislike IJS even more to hear several skaters (including Jeremy Abbott) say they now hate spins, but used to love them.
Per Jeremy: I used to love [spinning], but not the way the rules continue to change ... It's now to the point this season where the ISU has taken away so many spin variations that Adam Rippon and I have exactly identical spins.
Why ISU? Why??? Meddling with skaters' fp elements really makes it more difficult to craft creative balanced programs. Such a shame the sport seems to be run by morons, or clueless kitchen helpers. Too many cooks in the kitchen makes for a disastrous dinner and yucky dessert that can't be distinguished as either pie or cake -- just some middling version of both.
Of course Jeremy's and Dai's programs last season were the two best choreographed among the men. But their programs (and those of other skaters) may even have been that much better had the skaters and their choreographers been allowed to have more freedom with their elements.
From the article, I think Alex Johnson makes a good point in suggesting that skaters be allowed to make at least one of their spins "a choreographed spin" with no restrictive requirements.