WOW! Gkelly, you have 7 posts on one page! In the past I got dinged for having 5 on one page. I am not complaining though. There is freedom of speech/posting, AFAIK.
Returning to the topic, I basically agree with those who said that the judging system needs to be fixed, in various ways, and several suggestions have been made. I wish the ISU would take this issue more seriously than it has.
Second, one could apply a factor of 0.5 to the short program score to make the points in the short program half the weight of the points in the free skate. For every point a skater trails in the short program they would need only 1/2 point in the free skate to make up the difference. This would truly give the free skate twice the weight of the short program and still allow mobility to move up after the short.
Third, one could eliminate the short program entirely. Problem solved. Instead of having a best one-out-of-two playoff-like system we would have a one game super bowl, winner takes all.
The short program no longer serves the purpose it did in competition as when it was first introduced, so why keep it? Particularly when the short and long are now pretty much the same animal, with just different time limits. If one is to have two programs to determine the winner, it would be more interesting, in my opinion, to have a technical-only program and an artistic-only program to make up an event.
Fixing the statistical accuracy of the system will be more difficult than fixing how the segment scores are combined, but is probably fixable if a serious effort was made to address it.
Last edited by Sylvia; 04-11-2013 at 05:49 PM.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
His proposals are put forth under the title of that petition to award a gold medal to Ten
I´m curious about something. Is Ice Skating International actually international? Looking at some of the articles and there seems to be a heavy American bias to them.
Re the thread in the Trash Can -
One thing they definitely should NOT be doing is taking down videos on YouTube. It's a great way to introduce new people to the sport and for fans to watch performances they cant see on TV. Making posters take them down just seems sooooooo STUPID!!!