Let's face it though, subjectivity is the reason why we feel such a strong emotional connection to figure skating and the skaters themselves. Making a subjectively-leaning sport more objective is a balancing act. If you have make a move towards too much objectivity, it will lose its original soul and become something totally different. That may be a good thing, but it might not be. Gymnastics is still going through rough times and are constantly changing the rules and scoring system to make it more appealing and aesthetically-pleasing like its golden era. However, there's always something unsatisfying or incomplete about the "improvements."
"When I was poor and I complained about inequality people said I was bitter, now I'm rich and I complain about inequality they say I'm a hypocrite. I'm beginning to think they just don't want inequality on the agenda because it is a real problem that needs to be addressed." - Russell Brand
Denis and his coach seem quite happy with the silver medal.
The folks who mounted a protest of the men's results, however futile, had the right to make their voices heard. To believe otherwise is, dare I say, irrational and refutable.
One thing I think gymnastics does well that I think figure skating sort of falters on is that the ISU can or have changed the rules mid-Olympic cycle whereas the FIG (gymnastics international federation) doesn't implement any major changes to the way they score elements or create deductions on technique and execution until after the Olympics. I think if the ISU wants to fix technique problems or create scoring changes to promote a certain "look" or "philosophy" they should do it after the nearest Olympics but make it known early on that they are planning these changes. That way skaters who were brought up one system where certain things were overlooked (like flutzing or over rotations) before an Olympic cycle don't become a problem for a skater mid-cycle. However, by letting it be known that they are implementing these changes to improve skating, the younger generations or even veterans can know early on what things they need to work on to better prepare themselves for the next cycle.
However, that does sort of create a mentality that the Olympics are the be-all to end-all, and I've always argued that Worlds (though maybe not as lucrative or prestigious as an Olympics) are an incredibly important competition that decides who is the best skater that season (akin to a NBA championship or even Super Bowl). Thus, theoretically, why couldn't the ISU make a change whenever they want to since Worlds happens every year?
Monica Friedlander's latest - "Petition Protesting Skating Results Sent to Top Officials" (June 3): http://www.examiner.com/article/peti...-top-officials
"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