I may get used to it in time
Depends who the skater is
DH - and that's just my opinion
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
I don't really understand how a bronze is a negative for D/W either. They are now 3x Olympic medalists instead of 2x; and they will always be ice dancing champions- which of course is the one they are going to publicize the most.
I don't think judges will look at them (if they come back) and think "oh, they're only bronze medalists."
It doesn't bother me that the skaters who won medals in the team event are call Olympic medalists. I can understand why it bothers some because it's a brand new event and hasn't even appeared in Worlds yet. But for me, coming from a gymnastics background, a team medal is just as legitimate as an individual medal. With regards to Jeremy Abbott, yeah he didn't skate his best in the team competition. But in Beijing 2008, Alicia Sacramone didn't do her best in the team competition either. She fell twice (once on beam, once on floor), but the US team still won the silver medal, and that silver medal is Sacramone's only Olympic medal. I've never had a problem considering her an Olympic medalist. Sometimes individual athletes on a team make mistakes, but others can perform well enough to make up some ground and still earn the team a medal. That's part of the thrill of team competition.
I agree with your comments, Yazmeen in your post #138. Altho' I don't care all that much about the team event, I do think it is nice for the skaters to have more opportunities to medal.
Also, altho' it seemed to work out this time for the team event to precede the individual events, it will be interesting to see how that plays out at future Olympics. And, I'm not sure how it will eventually work out for some of the skaters to be performing their same routines twice.
In some olympic events there are opportunities to win multiple medals (swimming for example) or team medals (gymnastics). So why not with figure skating? I think they should consider short program medals, free skate medals, and the overall medal.
I was not precise in my language. I meant it does not reflect accurately on their achievements.
DH - and that's just my opinion
I'd be interested to know what other Olympians think - do they feel it tarnishes the 'regular' Olympic medal to have a new figure skating Team Event?
The way I see it, everyone who follows skating knows who has the team medals, who has the individual medals, and what they each mean. The rest likely don't care and won't remember anyway.
Even ordinary viewers (not everyone, though) remember Lipininski in Nagano, or Plushenko in Torino, but only "skating fans" know the Russian "team" gold medalists. Everyone knows Usain Bolt but no one cares who won 4x400 relay gold medals. Individuals medals are much more valuable than "team" ones. That is a common knowledge.Originally Posted by RockTheTassel
1) The point spead between the short (1-10) and the long (6-10) made the long program of little consequence. If they had made the LP, (2-4-6-8-10) instead of (6-7-8-9-10), that would have made things a bit closer and made the free skates of more consequence.
2) New life after the SP and the elimination.
All Olympic medals are amazing, IMHO. But the distinction in Gymnastics, Swimming, and other sports (now figure skating) with both individual and team events is important to some degree. I don't think you need to announce an athlete using the "team" distinction, but I do think it's noteworthy. They are not the same event, after all. That's not putting a value on the difference, it's just pointing out that medals were earned in different events.