"Cleanness is not rewarded enough and mistakes aren't penalized enough. There just isn't enough of a range of penalties to properly separate the egregiousness of mistakes".
The rest of the article, here: http://www.examiner.com/article/opining-on-worlds-the-plight-and-misuse-of-program-components?CID=examiner_alerts_article
I think it's funny that people acknowledge the cheating and politicking was a huge problem under 6.0 but act like all-of-a-sudden those things disappear with COP just because more arithmetic is involved.
The OP is a mixture of naivete and rose-tinted nostalgia.
And figure skating never was and never will be a simple sport.
Yes, everything can be iffy, so let's not pretend COP does away with reputation scoring, political maneuvering, or is at the basic level, any more objective than 6.0 was. As for some skaters cheat and some don't, that's a gross oversimplification and you know it. I've seen you decrying bad calling in the past, and there have been cases of higher-ranked skaters or at least skaters in favor getting the benefit-of-doubt over other skaters for similar quality jumps or levels. Then there's PCS where people on this forum continue to argue is not scored correctly with the most obvious example being the transition score.Everything can be really iffy. What do you mean by 'is inconsistent depending on who the skater is?' Some skaters cheat and some don't. Blame the skaters and not the callers.
Isn't a 7,000 seat arena rather small especially for a World Championship? I can remember attending SOI & COI in Spokane several years ago & the place would be packed. I believe it is a 10,000 seat arena. Did Skate Canada make money for organizing 2013 Worlds?
Is it true that $peedy requested a 2 year extension of his current term because he cannot run for the next term due to his age?
And there's an article from 2012 explaining:
It would be unbelievable stupid for figure skating, which does have the goods to be an extremely popular sport, to take the approach you suggest!
I just don't understand how, even getting a majority of judges together they could even begin to agree how to manipulate the system these days - in a free skating programme you have what 13 tehcnical elements that a man must complete. With the GOE of those elements needing to be in line with what the skater does on the ice and gets called. If the fall on every jump, you're not going to be able to give positive GOEs and anything higher than -3 or -2 for that would raise suspicions and likely get you into trouble after the event. The PCS are probably more likely to be open to maniupulation but they're not going to swing it all the way - the technical would still be important and need to go a certain way. I just don't understand how the judges could come up with a way to mess with the system in any way near as easy a way as 6.0 was.
Does that mean I think COP is untouchable? Aboslutely not, there are flaws that need fixing, but it has to be much more difficult to cheat/collude using COP than under 6.0.
I agree antmanb- I really think there is still bias, and well reputed skaters get the benefit of the doubt, but I just don't see blatant cheating when I look at the protocols.
Especially in events where day a dance team wins by like half a point- and it is obviously politicking. Um- I just don't think judges are good enough at math, or that well organized, for that to happen.