I stated it before, there are some fans who want a surprise factor in a win. Within that surprise factor is enthusiastic audience reaction.
The first Worlds competition that I attended I was struck by the joy that most of the skaters had on their faces to just be there. Those skaters had to know that they were never in contention for the big prize/medals. They had (have) to know that they were not going to get the scores that they get at their Nationals/Federations championships. That nationals inflation factor - but they were overjoyed to be there. I made a comment to the person sitting next to me when scores of 3.9 or whatever showed up - how disheartening that had to be when they were accustom to the 5.2 or higher score (it was during the 6.0 scoring era). But whether or not they made it out of qualifying rounds they had a look of PURE JOY, just knowing that they were there.
In a perfect world, the skater who is awarded a medal would be one who had this joy, the audience support, the technical content, the judge's verification of the skating skills. About the closest I saw with that was Joanne's performance - and that was bittersweet because of her mother's death.
Does anyone know what Denis or Patrick really feel about their performances? Do we know what they personally thought about their placements - I mean really thought? Unless someone is totally self-absorbed, they probably know what they did better and worse than their competitors. Do we know what type of joy they hold in their soul about the performances? You can be the best in your field and hate what you do, conversely you can be the worst performer on the ice and love what you do.
I have no idea what Denis or Patrick feel, but I can tell you what certain posters will say just by seeing their names. From previous postings. From the poster's names. It would be nice, but I don't ever expect it to happen, that the same posters would concede that one or the other had a valid point.
But from my own personal experience - when you do, the other poster manically believes that they have finally made you see the light and you are now going to enthusiastically attack all those other deranged people who attack your skater.
Right you guys are! In any case, in keeping with my tennis-style breakdown, which frankly has nuttin' to do with IJS judges criteria, I think we can just put "enthusiastic audience response" under the Intangibles category.
And btw, Misha Ge would have been equal mainly in that Intangibles category to D10. But sure Misha is a performer and a charming young man, and he surely performed better than Patrick despite the fact lowtherlore would surely testify that Misha's Chan-like qualities are no match to the world champion's.
In general though the sport of gymnastics agreed that they didn't care for the concept of someone winning with a major flaw. So when the results had that happen, they changed the rules so that execution in vault finals would matter more.....
The audience isn't the judges absolutely, but it doesn't mean the audience should be ignored either. People winning with multiple falls isn't good for the sport.
Maroney won silver (not gold) with only one fall, and over one probably the worst vaulting field in history (granted the mens field since 2009 in figure skating is also the worst in history), and her Amanar vault which she did successfully is the best womens vault in history. I was fine with the result. As for Sacramone vs Fei, Sacramone was .9 behind in start value, more than the .8 a fall was then, before the final even started. Sacramone was a dummy to not upgrade her gymnastics on vault and floor over the years leading to Beijing and it saw her passed by a bunch of people, including many of her own U.S teammates on floor. Had she upgraded even a bit before Beijing she could have easily won the vault gold given the mistakes by all the favorites that day, but instead she gets 4th place behind someone who fell who had mastered two 6.5 vaults while Sacramone was still doing vaults from the 90s.
^^ That's the kind of dumbfounding defense that is frankly ... dumb-floundering.
You might as well not bring up Vancouver since Chan was nicely gifted with mistakes in his placement there. The cool thing about Patrick Chan which is nearly forgotten in all the hoopla over Chanflation is the fact that post-Vancouver, he took a long hard look at himself and his dreams, wised up to Plushy's portentous commandment, went home and aced quads. Then after hearing complaints about his lack of complete artistry, Patrick made the effort this season to focus on improving in that aspect. I think Patrick should be commended for this, and again I think it's a shame he's had to deal with the misfortune of being the judges' overwhelming favorite in the CoP-era, not to mention bearing the weight of overweening Chan fans, and Great Canadian Hope overhype.
I do believe Patrick's SS seem to overcome the fact that he is not a great artist on the level of Toller Cranston, John Curry, Robin Cousins, Jeremy Abbott, Paul Wylie, and Matt Savoie. But in addition to not yet reaching that level of great artistry, Patrick does not possess the jumping consistency and fierce, palpable macho presence and determination of Yagudin and Plushenko. Neither does Patrick have the natural creativity and smooth lyricism of Christopher Bowman, Johnny Weir, Stephane Lambiel, AND Denis Ten! Not even does Patrick yet rise to the level of artistic excellence and showmanship possessed by his countrymen: Kurt Browning, Brian Orser, Emanuel Sandhu, Shawn Sawyer, and Jeffrey Buttle. IMO neither does Patrick possess the authenticity and technical brilliance of Elvis Stojko, Brian Boitano, Todd Eldredge, and Scott Hamilton. What Patrick does have in spades is a good heart, loads of charisma off-ice, fairly consistent quads as a weapon, and those amazing wunderbar SS that are his bread and butter. To his credit, Patrick has worked on his artistry, but right now it's still a bit studied in my view, altho' his SS do compensate very effectively as usual in combination with his progress in the artistic realm, when he manages to stay on his feet.
Frankly, I'd like to see unexpected excitement happen in Sochi with some uncontroversial but clear and surprising wins, however unlikely that is to happen. No one really likes the impression given by the judges that Patrick can mail in his wins, merely by showing up and looking good in practice and maybe skating cleanly in one of two programs. The fact that Patrick has in recent years been pushed to the point of feeling and saying that he's not motivated is a clear indictment of his controversial wins. Plenty of times, Patrick did deserve to win with mistakes on the basis of some competitions as a whole. But on too many occasions, his winning margins were ridiculous, and too often he was favored over Dai when a case could be made for Dai winning.
This season it did seem as if the judges were bringing Patrick's scores back down to earth and within reason, to give at least the semblance of there being competition for gold in the men's division. However, it's hard to excuse what happened in Nice. And, I believe that what happened in Nice is absolutely a factor in how people view the London results. Also, it is undeniable that Denis Ten was the best overall skater in London with two superbly delivered performances.
Taking into account the general craziness of figure skating judging, I think the fact that Denis faltered slightly in doubling the 3-flip and clearly was becoming winded (which he overcame) can be seen as justification enough for the judges not to reward him the gold -- in the sense that underdogs must be perfect to win. However, the fact that Patrick fell twice on important jumps and faltered twice more with technical mistakes nullifies that notion -- it's simply too many errors to justify Chan winning even by that small margin, especially since the short program marks for both skaters should have been much closer than an eight-point spread. The efforts to justify Chan’s win are weak and useless, and simply further add to the pall cast by Nice.
Last edited by aftershocks; 04-07-2013 at 08:58 AM.
^^ Ha ha, interesting vodkashot! BTW, I believe PE stands for "performance execution." There's a CoP for Dummies trivia nugget worthy of a Jeopardy category.
Chan is a nice young man and a great skater professordeb. It's wonderful that you love him and defend him. But why not present a more logical argument against JJ? It was quite surprising that Chan was not the usual winner with mistakes early in the season. Perhaps that can be attributed to precocious Hanyu skating out of his mind, the rising brilliance of Javi Fernandez, and as well perhaps the residue of Nice boos still ringing in the judges’ ears. Apparently, the judges were just allowing Patrick an opportunity to regroup in early season.
And neither Fernadez, Hanyu or Takahashi won the free in London. The judges would have been more likely to give those three the win over Chan, I think.
A lot of people won't agree with your listing of skaters who are great artists and brilliant technicians.I do believe Patrick's SS seem to overcome the fact that he is not a great artist on the level of Toller Cranston, John Curry, Robin Cousins, Jeremy Abbott, Paul Wylie, and Matt Savoie. But in addition to not yet reaching that level of great artistry, Patrick does not possess the jumping consistency and fierce, palpable macho presence and determination of Yagudin and Plushenko. Neither does Patrick have the natural creativity and smooth lyricism of Christopher Bowman, Johnny Weir, Stephane Lambiel, AND Denis Ten! Not even does Patrick yet rise to the level of artistic excellence and showmanship possessed by his countrymen: Kurt Browning, Brian Orser, Emanuel Sandhu, Shawn Sawyer, and Jeffrey Buttle. IMO neither does Patrick possess the authenticity and technical brilliance of Elvis Stojko, Brian Boitano, Todd Eldredge, and Scott Hamilton. What Patrick does have in spades is a good heart, loads of charisma off-ice, fairly consistent quads as a weapon, and those amazing wunderbar SS that are his bread and butter. To his credit, Patrick has worked on his artistry, but right now it's still a bit studied in my view, altho' his SS do compensate very effectively as usual in combination with his progress in the artistic realm, when he manages to stay on his feet.
I somehow doubt there will be a repeat of that at the Olympics. The likelihood of the top contenders skating exactly the same as they did at Worlds in London is close to nill. Patrick nailed his SP and was well ahead of Hanya, Takahashi and Fernadez, none of whom skated lights out in the free program. Chanflation or none, Patrick got lucky at Worlds because those would could have beat him didn't rise to the occasion.Frankly, I'd like to see unexpected excitement happen in Sochi with some uncontroversial but clear and surprising wins, however unlikely that is to happen. No one really likes the impression given by the judges that Patrick can mail in his wins, merely by showing up and looking good in practice and maybe skating cleanly in one of two programs.
I disagree. His win can be logically justified according to the system, even if you agree with the logic.I think the fact that Denis faltered slightly in doubling the 3-flip and clearly was becoming winded (which he overcame) can be seen as justification enough for the judges not to reward him the gold -- in the sense that underdogs must be perfect to win. However, the fact that Patrick fell twice on important jumps and faltered twice more with technical mistakes nullifies that notion -- it's simply too many errors to justify Chan winning even by that small margin, especially since the short program marks for both skaters should have been much closer than an eight-point spread. The efforts to justify Chan’s win are weak and useless, and simply further add to the pall cast by Nice.
Denis was the underdog or the dark horse. He did need to be perfect to win, and he wasn't.
Talking about yourself?Originally Posted by aftershocks
Oh why, that’s so sweet of you aftershocks to think nicely of Chan. As for JJ, he is obsessed with beating Chan down so I don’t think we can expect logical arguments from an obsessed fan or hater.Chan is a nice young man and a great skater professordeb. It's wonderful that you love him and defend him. But why not present a more logical argument against JJ?
Yep, my bet was on Hanyu to win gold had he delivered.Originally Posted by Japanfan
There will be more 'inflation' to come not only from Chan but from other skaters. Hanyu-flation had happened. Next in line may be 'Brown-flation' if he gets his quads, 'Han-flation' if he raised his skating skills and choreography, 'Chen-flation' if he continues his upward trajectory ...... Oh dear, we shall be running all these 'flaton polls' every season!
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" in The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Like I said, Chan fans, your arguments are weak, useless and dumb-floundering. Yeah, but naturally that won't stop you from continuing to flounder around and unfortunately like poor Chan trying to throw dirt onto other skaters in an ineffectual and ill-advised effort to downplay and diminish the seriously dismaying pall of Chanflation.
Of course Patrick Chan is too good a skater to be ironically confronted with the misfortune of having to battle back from winning ugly two Worlds in a row!
Firstly, I'd argue that Chan's falls did affect the rest of the program. The fall on the triple lutz affected the choreography going into the step sequence (compare his CoR performance with his Worlds performance) and made the beginning a little sloppy. After the second fall, he seemed completely out of the program. I actually thought he was unwell throughout the performance because he didn't have much conviction. I can think of Chan performances with a fall that didn't really take me out of the skate (CoR 2011 SP for example), but Worlds 2013 certainly wouldn't be one of them.
Secondly, while I like that COP is a "parts and whole" system, using the time spent from falling as a justification for not dropping scores seems ill-advised at best. I mean, it's not as if we expect the 270 (or 240) seconds to each contribute equally to the program. Why pretend that a major error that takes place in a minor time frame only affects things in a minor way?
I was responding to JJ and their post insisting that Chan always WINS. Winning = gold medal, not just being on the podium. In the many places that JJ posts about Chan, it is quite obvious that they have a hate-on for him. Regardless of how many times people have tried to explain why Patrick gets the scores he does -- including deductions -- JJ insists that Chan shouldn't win, doesn't deserve to win, doesn't deserve his marks. I have tried to understand their POV but when every post them make about Chan is nothing but negative and saying the same thing, it gets wearing. As a result, there are times I feel like I just have to say something.
As for Patrick and all those skaters you listed as belonging to a certain "category" of skater, I'm not sure I would have included some of those that you did in those categories. What I find interesting is that you say Patrick doesn't belong in any of those categories yet I don't see you listing any of those skaters in multiple categories. It seems like you think Patrick should be ALL of those things, which is a pretty big order. If I've misunderstood your intent, my apologies. I have yet to see anyone have all the goods to make it into each of those categories. However, I would say that Chan is part of a group that is attempting to do well in multiple areas. Will he be remembered as a master in one of those categories? I think somehow that he won't because of what COP expects of its skaters. Then again, he (and others) could surprise me. I don't think we'll know what he's become know for in your categories, but he is well known for his skating skills, the way he can get up to speed in such few stokes. I believe that he, like Ms. Kostner, know how to use their blades to generate speed and watching them just skating on the ice is a thing of beauty. For me, they are both masters of the blade.
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As for aftershock... Thanks for your constantly lengthy defense against Chan Defenders. tl:dr.
No. I'm saying that if the system is causing results that are having the audience repeatedly up in flames than maybe things should be looked at. I think that B/S win with correct commentators could have been explained because it was defensible.How much sway should an audience have, then? Or more accurately, how often should an audience (of varying knowledge) instantly understand the results. I think if we can agree on this, then you can create a system to allow for it. I'd be impressed if you got agreement, though.
But I think for the audience seeing skaters win with all of those falls, and I'm sorry I question Chan's second place in the free at Worlds. I think that suggests perhaps the system needs to be looked at.
I think the audience understands its a judged sport and there are a lot of things they won't understand. However the program is riddled with lots of errors that even the audience notices. That shouldn't be ignored.
And well I think if we look at Frank's interview we will see its not just the casual fans who don't understand skating who have issues with high P/E marks for skaters who have programs littered with errors.
Last edited by bek; 04-07-2013 at 07:53 PM.
bek, you didn't actually answer the question.
1. How much should audience reaction matter?
2. How easily understood should the results be to an audience containing people of various levels of understanding?
I agree - when the overwhelming tone from a World Champion is not about three winners that were easily accepted but about the one that people really responded negatively to, something is definitely wrong. But I'm not convinced that the mob with pitchforks is really the best way to go about figuring out why.
Personally, I've read the rules. I like most of them. And no, I don't really understand Chan's victory. I had Chan 3rd or 4th in the LP and bronze overall (I thought Fernandez was hosed more than Ten, frankly).
I suggest checking out the new Frank Carroll interview on the Skating Podcast (it's in GSD). He talks about Denis, Patrick and "Chanflation." right at the beginning of the interview. VERY interesting to hear his take on the whole issue.
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"I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"
IMO, while the fans generally appreciate such qualities as power, speed, edges in skating and executing the jumps, many of the same fans tend to overlook the risks inherent in skating with such qualities. Imagine parallel parking a car at 5 mph vs 10 mph. I can understand the complaint about the current men’s champion not having skated a cleaner FS. But the way I see it, Chan built up a margin in SP, and he barely defended the lead by virtue of the quality of his skating. I truly believe Chan should have 1-2 fall cushion in SP+FS combined, for his quality.
I haven't cast a vote in this poll. If you allow me to rephrase the original polled question: Chan’s quality brought the scoring level in men’s singles to another level; has it riffled out to inflation of scores for other skaters? Yes!!