I could see the argument Kim is somewhat of a judges favorite, she gets some stratospheric scores when she skates well, but she is still no Chan and she has never won an event that caused glaring controversy, or any controversy, that I can think of.
Kudos also to Aussie Willy's astute metaphor and perceptive vision ... And, indeed, a smilie galloping on horseback is always marvelous to behold.
Last edited by Eyre; 03-18-2013 at 04:20 AM.
One thing to keep in mind is that the IJS makes it a lot easier to hold up skaters than before. Under the old system, you could beat someone by a hair in the SP or by a mile--it didn't matter. Your factored placements would still end up the same. Of course, that had its problems as well. I think the best judging system would be one that avoids either extreme, and we obviously haven't found it yet. But even though the old system was a bit clunky, it was more resistant to abuse.
. . . Todd said in the past that Rudy Galindo made him a better competitor because Todd realized he could not hope that others were less prepared than him while expecting to win. He had to be as prepared as he could be, then do his best."No disrespect to Patrick but a skater shouldn't be able to fall twice & get such high PCS," tweeted former U.S. and world champion Todd Eldredge.
. . . Rudy did a lot for figure skating by being an underdog winner.
Could Ten has done a lot for figure skating had he been allowed to be an underdog winner? Probably a lot more than giving it to the expected winner when the expected winner could have lived with a 2nd place Silver medal and motivation to clean-up his act.
. . . There are some out there wondering if ice is still slippery, which, in a fairly judged competition, should be the only source of drama.
Last edited by bardtoob; 03-18-2013 at 05:52 AM.
I think given the circumstances and the very questionable coaching decisions it would be the best thing for Chan to have lost this year. It would maybe force him to take a look at what's causing the inconsistency and work on it etc... Sigh.