Worst results under 6.0 vs COP
Let's say you take the 5 most questionable wins under COP and compare those with 5 worst wins in the decade just prior when 6.0 was still around. How does it stack up?
This thread is going to create a lot of dirty laundry, but I'll contribute my thoughts. I'll look primarily at results in major competitions (Worlds, Olympics). There's a chance I'll overlook a poorly judged competition in my analysis, but the top 5 out of my head will come for each group.
(1) Chait/Sakhnovsky's bronze in 2002. I like C/S, but D/V are unquestionably the better team, and this result was wrong.
(2) Drobiazko/Vanagas not winning bronze at SLC. The two teams above them FELL, and aren't exactly stronger teams, either.
(3) Navka/Kostomarov's gold in 2004. D/S were stronger technically and with a far more innovative program. N/K were more 'polished', but the overall difficulty of their skating is a notch down.
(4) Sarah Hughes at SLC. She was overmarked in the short, and Slutskaya should have won the short anyway - either of these would have led to Slutskaya's gold.
(5) I'm having a hard time thinking of another equally egregious judging event. I'm going to go with Fusar-Poli/Margaglio in 2001.
(1) Sotnikova in Sochi
(2) Chan in 2013. The result is nonsensical. I wouldn't have a problem with Chan falling once and winning, but he fell twice, had a step out, then doubled another jump.
(3) Chan in 2012. He didn't skate cleanly in either portion of the competition. Takahashi was decidedly the winner.
(4) Ando in 2011. Umm....how did she win? I think the results have more to do with the judging system than with judging itself, but hard to say IMO.
(5) Buttle in 2006. He tanked in both portions of the competition. I don't think the quality of the rest of his skating justifies the bronze. Savoie, for instance, should have ranked higher (not that it would ever happen).
Borderline: Nakano in 2008. But this has little to do with judging, more to do with problems in the judging system.
I think CoP edges 6.0 slightly. 1-2 for CoP and 1 for 6.0 were probably the worst judging.
I have a much harder time swallowing Baiul's win more than Hughes. Funny, too, because Hughes skating always made me sick to my stomach and I loved Baiul's skating. Yet if I put personal preferences aside, I can rationalize a Hughes win, even if I do think Slutskaya was robbed. I can't ever rationalize a Baiul win.
The OP was looking at 6.0 results during the decade before CoP. Of course, if you take into account the pre-1980 results, there is no comparison.
Originally Posted by Vagabond
I had some difficulty with Sergei Rylov's being placed over Lee Kyu-Hyun at Worlds in 1999, but it just didn't seem like that big a deal.