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Monica Friedlander: "International Skating Union Now Officially a Dictatorship"

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Maofan7, Jun 30, 2012.

Should Cinquanta Stand Down And Make Way For A New President?

Poll closed Jul 31, 2012.
  1. Yes

    151 vote(s)
  2. No

    13 vote(s)
  3. Don't Know/No Opinion On The Matter/Unsure

    20 vote(s)
  1. MrLucky

    MrLucky Active Member

    Depends if the fans count at all. :(

    With fewer fans it is easier for speedy (and people like you) to ignore great artisitc skating and just reward Chan's robotic "skating by numbers" style.

    Even at Skate Canada the extremely small arena was empty when the "chosen one" came out to show his bland CoP skating style.

    In France, Chan was soundly booed by the fans and so were the judges.
    If he really deserved to win then it is obvious skating is no longer a sport people will follow.

    Not a sport at all but a convoluted pageant totally unaccountable with the cheating rampant.
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  2. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Meryl *is* magical, though, don't you think? :lol:

    PS: I thought the ISU had been a dictatorship for quite some time already?
  3. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    ??? Ciquanta was to finish his term in (presumably) mid-2014. . . AFTER the Sochi Olympics. Russia's recommendation therefore makes no sense. Unless I am missing something?
  4. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    If Ms. Friedlander thinks the audience can't understand IJS, instead of bitching about it, as a journalist maybe she should explain it so that they can be enlightened. The comments posted by the skater's dad are right on.

    I also was surprised to learn that the ISU is now a dictatorship. I thought that happened long ago.
  5. mossop

    mossop New Member

    FREE ISU from dictatorship!
    Vote Friedlander for President and Weir for Vice-President.:biggrinbo
  6. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Well I have responded to the article (yes made my feelings known to Ms Friedlander). Will wait a response.
  7. Judge Dred

    Judge Dred Active Member

  8. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    Oh, never mind
  9. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    :confused: Is this a threat? :p
  10. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    :rofl: Holy f*ck how did you manage to find that? It is not even my Youtube account. A friend had videoed it and uploaded it.
  11. MissIzzy

    MissIzzy Active Member

    When I saw the title to this article, I actually thought it a rant about the new minimum scores. That would be a legitimate thing to rant about right now. That was before I saw it was by Freidlander, of course(she showed just how much she cared about lower ranked skating in her last article, where she dismissed CoP's usefulness to the rank and file who benefit from the feedback as secondary to her own fannish needs:scream:). Granted, Speedy's staying overlong's a legitimate beef too, but I suspect her writing about it is less because of that and more because he's in her general Area of Objection.
    Also, if the Canadians winning meant a scandal-winning Worlds, why is the voting block still the former Soviet Union/Iron Curtain area? Which one's running the sport again? :huh:
  12. professordeb

    professordeb Well-Known Member

    With the small exception of speaking about Speedy, this article was nothing but a chance to whine about Canadians winning. The author really needs to just get over themselves.
  13. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    It makes me really sad that somebody can be that well educated, a published journalist and write such a nonsensical shower of total shit... :rolleyes:

    I guess "EVILLE KONSPIRACY" always sells well.

    Suggesting that there was anything scandalous about the wins of Chan and Virtue/Moir at the last World Championships is just ridiculous. Especially that she makes absolutely no arguments to back that up, other than "the audience booed" and "the audience thought Davis/White won" (so she can read people's minds now? :shuffle:). Airtight arguments those. Right.

    Oh and she also quotes delusional 'I should have won bronze in Vancouver' Johnny Weir. Perfect. :D

    And how exactly is the difference between 187.25 and 185.13 different to the difference between 5.8 and 6.0? :confused: The higher score wins, the end.

    Only the former gives skaters feedback and lets both them and us know why they actually won. Under the previous judging system, your guess would be as good as mine.

    I don't know a single skater or coach who would prefer to return to the previous judging system. Not one.

    Chan's skating skills are absolutely extraordinary. He builds speed very easily, there's hardly any cross-overs in his programs, everything flows together very well, he's got loads of freedom in his upper body movement, moves to the rhythm, I could go on and on.

    You not finding his skating "artistic" doesn't change the fact that he ticks pretty much all the PCS boxes and his overall level of skating is second to none.

    I don't think there is any other skater competing right now who would be capable of executing Chan's programs. And if there is one (or more), why aren't they doing it?
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2012
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  14. VarBar

    VarBar Well-Known Member

    I agree but how does all that matter in a sport named figure skating?;)
  15. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

  16. giselle23

    giselle23 Well-Known Member

    Leaving aside the question of Patrick Chan's and Virtue/Moir's wins in 2012, I do think that the change in the judging system has hurt the sport. It may not be the only reason for the decline in the sport's popularity, but it is one of the reasons, in my opinion. Not only is it incomprehensible to a viewer who doesn't have the time or interest to study the protocols, it does take away some of the beauty of skating--substituting pretzel spins, labored footwork and other tricks included for no purpose other than to gain points. Regardless of the intricacies of the 6.0 system, the casual viewer could see which judges scored a skater high or low and knew that 5.8s and 5.9s were good scores and a 6.0 meant perfection. Couldn't the problem of under-rotations and wrong-edge takeoffs been fixed by adding a technical judge to the 6.0 system who would enforce mandatory deductions? It's just one thought among many that should have been considered instead of starting over from scratch, in my opinion.
  17. hanca

    hanca Well-Known Member

    Oh please, not another discussion on ISU versus 6.0 judging system. I am sure there is plenty of threads on this forum discussing that. Just go through the archives. The horse is dead; let's move on!
  18. Judge Dred

    Judge Dred Active Member

    I noticed from your reply to Friedlander that you said you were involved as a judge and administrator in Australia. Knowing that a lot of judges and administrators happen to be ex-competitive skaters, I googled your name to see whether you were as well. That came up. I'm very impressed, there were some good moves in that program
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  19. BreakfastClub

    BreakfastClub Active Member

    Yeah but... as one my my friends says, watching Chan skate is like having sex with a vibrator. Technically satisfying but unemotional.

    There are still plenty of great artistic skaters today, but the creativity, excitement and energy is being lost in favor of ticking the boxes and trying things that are too difficult. I miss that program where a skater could celebrate standing up every jump and skating a "clean" program, even if a few jumps were wobbly or underrotated and then end with an exciting ripped scratch spin, rather than furrow their brow over every little lost GOE or level or potential downgrade and then have to end with a average spin full of labored positions to chase those coveted L3-4's.

    Not saying I'd return to 6.0. In fact, hysteric articles with major errors like this one piss me off because they detract from intelligent discussion over what skating has indeed lost with CoP -- such as quick footwork that flies over the ice and beautiful spins held at length in one position -- and how to improve the CoP system to restore some of this things that separate skating as a beautiful and unique sport. The answer is not necessarily to go back to 6.0, but I would like to see footwork, spins and other non-jump elements freed from levels and rewarded way more for their quality and harmonious reflection of the music.

    PCS needs to be re-thought and overhauled too. Five components - each with so many characteristics defined under them - is way too many for the human brain to cognitively process in such a short amount of time, and then load is compounded when having to to judge GOE on each element as well. Also, some of the the components are not discrete enough from each other. Aren't transitions kinda part of choreography? How is IN different from PE? That's what's not as clear as mud. I also question GOEs when I look at a protocol and too many instances of +/- 1 GOE of difference in elements. Sure once in awhile there may be disagreement or a judge misses something but this type of variation is all too frequent.

    Friedlander is correct in that the ability to cheat is just as bad if not worse under CoP, and a lot of that is because it it's much easier to hide from the public behind all those sekret numbers. One judge can do a lot more damage by deliberately undermarking a skater under CoP (little less GOE here, .25-.75 less on PCS there), whereas at least in 6.0 they needed to have a block of 5 working together. ;) It goes without saying that sekret judging needs to go at the elite level and incompetent or corrupt officials need be policed and removed. This was not done under 6.0, which led to CoP where it still exists and still nothing is done.

    Dai could (minus the two quads, though Dai would nail 2 axels instead) and he'd actually do the programs with flair. And no way could Chiddy perform Dai's programs, he doesn't have the same quickness to pull off the variation of rhythm in Dai's footwork or some of the jump entries.

    There. I said it.
    :EVILLE: :drama: :lol:
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  20. Triple Butz

    Triple Butz Well-Known Member

  21. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

    I mean, I think the answer to the question is 'yes', but the article itself is a huge pile of excrement.
  22. Plusdinfo

    Plusdinfo Active Member

    One thing that sticks out: did the ISU had a big hand in the demise of professional competitions? I recall reading about that. If so, that's a big mistake. I loved much of what I saw in those, and even when I didn't love it, I watched.
  23. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    "When I was young, the world was a better place."

    No it wasn't, it's just rose-tinted nostalgia.

    It was the minority of skaters who had fast and elegant simple spins and entertaining step sequences and it is still a minority of skaters today who have fast and elegant difficult spins and entertaining complex step sequences.

    The difference now is that they are difficult at least, instead of everybody doing three turns/toe-steps for their step sequences and two revolution "spins".

    Not to mention the extreme frontloading of the programs, skaters being "locked" to their positions (particularly in Ice Dance but to an extent in other disciplines too), total lack of transparency (you had no clue why you were placed the way you were, deductions weren't applied and so on), etc.

    And nobody needs to understand what all the numbers, protocols, etc. mean if they don't want to go into it. All a casual viewer sees is the total score. The higher total score wins. It's plain, simple and transparent.

    If anything, 6.0 was much more incomprehensible and complicated because you could have a skater get placements all over the shop from 2nd to 9th or skater get seemingly high marks and place low or get a number of 1st places but somehow place lower because of how it was all weighed, etc.

    But somehow everybody conveniently forgets about all these negative aspects of the old judging system.


    BreakfastClub, obviously you do have a point about difficulty for difficulty's sake not being very aesthetically pleasing.

    But again, it was always the minority of skaters who skated clean programs and showed fast, well-flowing footwork and it is the same today.

    I agree that components in the current state are pretty much impossible to be judged correctly. I think that could be remedied if more specific and clear criteria would be developed. Some kind of checklist, some kind of simple way of weighing things... anything. There's nothing now, just a list of very loose and vague sentences.

    And in Ice Dance, there's this huge detailed table that doesn't help either because what is somebody satisfies parts of the requirement for the 9 box but not others?

    As for "secret judging", if judges' identity wasn't protected the politics would be far far worse. To give a simple example, a judge from a small federation would never have the guts to mark a strong federation's skaters harshly (even if they deserved it) because they would fear repercussions for their own skaters. That's what used to happen all the time backstage when judges weren't anonymous.

    Takahashi is much more subtle and nuanced in his interpretation of music and he really uses his whole body to express it. He is far better than Chan (or any other currently competing skater) in that respect.

    But in pretty much everything else, Chan is superior.

    I don't think that Takahashi would ever be able to skate Chan's programs. Look at how many crossovers he needs to build speed and how little transitions there are in his programs (in comparison to Chan).
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  24. Plusdinfo

    Plusdinfo Active Member

    That friend of yours should be a writer or a commentator (if he/she isn't already)! VERY accurate analysis!!!! I admire Chan's skating from a skating skills standpoint, but in terms of connecting to music, I find him often way below the best (Takahashi, Abbott, ...).
  25. PinkFeathers

    PinkFeathers Active Member

    Yeah, and makes you fall asleep right after :slinkaway :rofl:
  26. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    From a judging point of view, it is pretty crap actually. I have done better programs. Check out my Lola program on my Youtube channel (kwillyau).
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  27. spikydurian

    spikydurian Well-Known Member

    Agree. But unfortunately, some people love living in the past. I am a casual fan and love to watch figure skating. I don't understand the rules so I take the trouble to learn. I don't expect the sports to accommodate my ignorance. If sports change rules to please fans, there will be never ending changes and turmoil. LET'S MOVE ON.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
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  28. Maofan7

    Maofan7 Member

    Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist, Tim Wood, has responded to MF's article in the comments section to the article itself as follows:-

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  29. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    Ridiculous, I would hardly call DWTS 'excellence' and just because you watch SYTYCD or DWTS-both prime time shows, doesn't make you a dance/movement aficionado. People watch DWTS to see pseudo celebrity like Kirstie Allie fail, or other "celebrities" excel. If you can even call most of them celebrities.

    I don't think the World medalist look infantile in comparison. The ISU needs to get it back on TV like it used to be so people stop thinking it's a once every four year sport.
  30. Mathman

    Mathman Active Member

    That was great! Seriously. :respec:.