Was Denise the Midori of 1980?
Certainly, Annette has been called the Trixie Schuba of 1980.
... What's the Karen Magnussen of 1980, Dagmar or Linda?
Yes, yes ... I know this is not part of the traditional debate ... the traditional debate is how a skater that could not put a 2Lp at the end of a triple or 2A in the SP place so high in that portion of the competition with a low difficulty prescribed element.)
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In 2002 someone said that ice dancing was the gangrene infecting all disciplines. Ice dancing was said to be the root of the deals, and if corruption could be removed from dance, maybe the sport could be healthy. Given how controversial ice dancing judging was from 1988-2004, this may be accurate. In the 1990s ice dancing (and skating) became more globalized. Top teams, individuals, and coaches increasingly crossed countries. Boundaries between federations became more permeable. The downside was more incestuous deal making (and perhaps outright bribery) that could be achieved most easily in ice dancing. Judges seemed to be openly horsetrading and doing backroom judging, but nobody could prove it. I think IJS has kind of improved and organized ice dancing, but at the same time, when I'm watching short dances, I sometimes wish I was doing something more interesting.
Does anyone outside the ISU technical committee know how many judges are corrupt? The anonymous judging makes sure nobody knows if they exist, if they are punished, and who they are. I agree with the random selection of panels partially at the last minute. That was a good idea, but anonymity is a shallow way to shield judges from outside influence, and it is incompatible with transparency. This is a human sport, and it should never be decided by measurements or a clock. Judges should be respected (and probably compensated) but at the same time held accountable for their individual scores.
Now I am done with my soapbox.
Last edited by TheIronLady; 03-11-2013 at 01:34 PM.