Eta: I think it also depends on how you view the intension of the petition. I go to anti war protest because I'm anti war, but I never think for a moment that the government cares about my opinion or is even listening. To me, this is about fans and journalists getting more mileage out of dissent, and maybe it will sour his authority through persistent public disapproval, but I would only get all picky about the Sochi mentions and refuse to sign if I actually thought for a moment that the ISU would take it seriously without that paragraph in it.
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While I disagreed with the judging at the Sochi Olympics, calling out skaters like this is very unprofessional in this kind of petition, and it loses its power as a petition. It makes it sound extremely subjective when a petition should be as objective as possible. That being said, I signed it. Something needs to be done, and if the fans can do something about it, then so be it (of course unless someone else can make a petition that has better wording than this one).
The basis for the petition is based on rhetoric and personal perspective which is questionable. Like they have just pulled some things out of their ar$e to try and back up their arguments. And to attack particular skaters is just not acceptable.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
I so want to get rid of Speedy, but naming certain skaters and using them as tools is not the right way to do it.
I guess the ones behind the petition thought they were clever. Too bad they had to stick that into the petition, otherwise they would have a lot more signatures.
Some say that in the Autumn all her arms go brown and fall off. And that if she wrote you a letter of condolence she would at least get your name right.
If this petition is being used to slam skaters that are disliked, I don't want to have anything to do with it.I completely agree.And to attack particular skaters is just not acceptable.
At any rate, Peter Murray's petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/isu...4-isu-congress has 2,280 signatures at last count. Monica's got 899 in less than a day at https://www.change.org/petitions/ott...-skating-union minus the support of several of you who have commented on this forum. I know personally of dozens of letters sent to member federations, so hey... that's positive, right?
But even more people would have signed the petition if not the attack at Sotnikova. This shouldn't be included in the petition.
I was ready to sign the petition until I read down the bullet points and saw the reference to the Olympic results. For me, it then changed from a genuine attempt to get rid of Cinquanta (which I agree with) to yet another means to bash Sotnikova. Disgusting. I won't be signing.
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'The one. The only. Daisuke Takahashi ' Chris Howarth, EurosportUK
If someone wanted the petition succeed, naming skaters in the petition was not very wise move. Now the majority or Russians won't sign it, plus those who honestly believe that Sotnikova should have won...that cost a lot of signatures of those who would agree that Cinquanta should resign.
Figure skating may have declined in popularity in North America, but over the past decade since IJS has been introduced the sport has become more popular in some countries. Japan for example hosted a very successful World Championships a mere two weeks ago with sell out crowds despite the fact that many Olympic medallists didn't show up. If the changes in the sport have been so bad and the skating/skaters now so awful, why is the sport more popular than ever in places like Japan? Perhaps the anger of those who signed the petition would be better directed at their own federations.
And Monica Friedlander has zero credibility after her stunt last season of writing an article about her own petition.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
If it's to have Didier Gailhaguet instead, then NO thanks...
I'm still waiting for this geographical shift in popularity to mean something. It's been a decade now. When skating was popular in the US, it funneled $$$$$$$$ into ISU. When it lost its popularity, the ISU lost tons of money, coverage, endorsements, etc... People keep harping about how popular it's become in Asia and Europe for 10 years now, but the ISU is still broke and constantly talking about drastic changes to save a buck or two, like some sort of business on the brink of collapse.
I too think that Sotnikova defeated Kim fairly in Sochi and that part of the petition was idiotic, but signed anyway. Cinquanta needs to go.
Signed it, He needs to go.
I'm also fine with anyone mentioning the Sochi results as a huge negative,
The more it is brought up the more it's gonna stick
They brought the rain,
Now they'll have to deal with the flood