When viewers watch skating, they may not catch the edge calls and under-rotations. Not all viewers counts spin rotations, and know what a level four footwork sequence looks like. However, isn’t it irritating to see a low score and not understand why? Or a high score and feel like throwing skate guards at the 42” screen?
Don’t we want to know why a skater isn’t on the podium without a calculator and scrap paper? This season, to the naked-eye, so many who skated appeared to have flawless performances, yet flopped in the points. And for many, it was because of the GOE, or grade of execution.
Grade of execution – a value assigned to an element based how well it was completed – ranges from -3 to +3. This is combined to the base value. For example, the base value of a triple flip is 5.30, and if executed well, such as tight air position and nice landing it would receive a plus [+] value. If it wasn’t – such a weak landing or slight under-rotation, it would be minus [-]. This, of course, is open to the subjectively of the judges. The GOE on a good jump can range from +1 to +3 for the same skater. The reality of a judged sport.