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Should team competitions be the Olympic sport?

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by let`s talk, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. let`s talk

    let`s talk Banned Member

    Yes or No?

    After the meeting with Chiquanta, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexandr Zhukov said that FS team competitions might be the Olympic sport in Sochi for the first time. The list of new sports for Sochi will be announced after the IOC General Assembly in Acapulko 22-28 October. The FS team competition is supposed to be held for one day, each country has one skater/pair in each 4 discipline: men, women, pair and ice-dance. (from news.sportbox.ru, October 15th)

    I personally don't see it as a realistic project. The pressure and tiredness of leaders are too high during the OG. I doubt the leaders will be actully able to compete one more day after the event in their discipline. On the other hand the countries could send the "second team" skaters who couldn't have qualified for the main team. And the audience will see newbabies and newbabies will have a chance to challenge a big internation event.
  2. JJH

    JJH Well-Known Member

    Why do the powers-that-be want this? What's the agenda?
  3. soogar

    soogar Well-Known Member

    I'd rather see synchronized skating as a team sport in the games.
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  4. Skate Talker

    Skate Talker Replaced the display under my name

    Phew - I originally thought the proposal was to replace individual with team - got very upset as that is a totally ludicrous idea. Adding team comp is not a bad idea out of hand. I think it is time that figure skating got a chance for more than 4 sets of medals since it is such a high profile Olympic sport. After all gymnastics has a whole plethora of them with some competitors having a shot at a whole handful of gold medals if they are good enough. I don't think it would be too arduous for the skaters to do just their free programs one more time provided they reschedule the other comps so that there is at least a day or two of no comp before the team event.

    The main problem I see at the moment is the small number of countries that could really field a top-level team in all disciplines. Even the Japan Open which has no pairs or dance has to group Europe as a team and North America as a team to have half a chance at matching the Japanese singles teams. For all 4 disciplines what countries beside Russia, USA and Canada could even put together a decent team at the moment.

    Of course if this pushes other countries into better development of skaters in all disciplines that would be great. Otherwise we are looking at a second rate comp imho.

    Hmm - I will think on this a bit more.
  5. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member


    I'm not sure if I like the idea.
  6. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

    I'd LOVE for this to happen!

    1) More Olympic skating routines! what fan wouldn't want that?!?
    2) More chances for skaters to win medals! and more chances for multiple skaters in the same discipline to win the Olympic gold. The skaters would like it, and so would us the fans!
    3) It actually may take some of the pressure off, instead of it being a 1-shot deal, at the back of skaters' heads they'll know there's another chance
    4) Countries and federations will have an insentive to fully develop their skating programs across all disciplines *cough China and Japan cough*
    5) So many skaters in so many sports in both the summer and winter Olympics have multiple competitions with multiple chances for gold, if they can cope with it I'm sure our skaters will too.

    I really hope it's happens!
  7. Skate Talker

    Skate Talker Replaced the display under my name

    Now there is a logical idea - so obviously they won't consider it :rolleyes:

    Actually I wonder if the numbers of skaters per team wouldn't be a bit more budget than they want to consider? Perhaps if they were to change the synchro sport to much smaller teams (ack) it would be considered. They probably thought it would be cheap to add this team concept as many of the skaters could already be entered in the individual events and still get more mileage out of the glamour sport of the Winter games?
  8. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

  9. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

    If the skaters are just repeating the same free skates, would it really get much in terms of ratings? I know gymnasts repeat routines, but without the effect of music and costuming, I doubt that it seems as repetitive to the casual once-every-four-years viewer as a repetitive skating comp might.

    I have thought for a long time that it seems unfair that skaters have one shot at a medal at the Olympics when so many other sports are structured with multiple chances. But I'm not sure how realistic adding more competition is for them, either.
  10. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

    Come Sochi, I can at least see Japan, China, Italy, France, Germany fielding a decent team if the federations focus on supporting their skaters.

    And I think for this to work, countries will have to qualify for the event, possibly 8-10 countries tops
  11. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Headcase Addict

    I've always liked the idea of a team competition at the Olympics. But as others have said, would there be enough viable candidates? And can a country have more than one team? Russia, USA and Canada could probably fill 3 teams each with great skaters.
  12. maija

    maija Well-Known Member

    I agree.
  13. nro

    nro New Member

    double post, sorry
  14. nro

    nro New Member

    I agree with those above who think skaters should get more than one chance at a medal. I think a team competition is something to consider but the ISU should also consider giving separate medals for the short and long program, in addition to the "overall" result.
  15. ChibiChibi

    ChibiChibi Active Member

    I agree 100%!!
  16. Erica Lee

    Erica Lee New Member

    Yup, I'll agree with those of you that have already said it... if they want a team event, I'd much rather see synchro.
  17. Asli

    Asli Well-Known Member

    That would be ideal for the sport, but it would mean enormous expense for the organizers. The number of synchro competitors would probably equal or exceed the total of the other four disciplines.

    If a team competition were held, however, the teams will be much smaller and we can assume most of the competitors will already be at the Olympics for the individual competitions.
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  18. SamuraiK

    SamuraiK Well-Known Member

    Its a nice idea.. but the format will have to be very well thought..

    Maybe Im alone in this but I would prefer a team competition for each category separated rather than that mess of a combo called World Team Trophy that is having dancers and singles skaters adding up points in the same event. :rolleyes:. Perhaps at first it can only be done in singles since for Pairs and Dance only 3 or 4 countries in the world have enough depth.

    For example, a team competition of lets say 3 skaters per team, with 8 nations competing. Only the LP will be skated like in Japan Open. Thats 24 programs, the same of a regular LP event. top skaters from each country dont necesarily have to take part because they will be fighting for the gold in singles. This way we will have many talented enough to be in the olympics skaters competing there instead of leaving them at home and suffer for them:(..

    Imagine what would have been in Vancouver : Ahsley, Sasha and Czisny against Yukari, Fumie and Akiko (Suzuki wasn´t a contender for the podium in singles so she could had competed in both events)..

    Ok I´ll stop daydreaming:D
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2010
  19. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

    I just don't think it's necessary or helpful to do this. One, it's going to be incredibly expensive. Think about all of the extra athletes who'd need lodging and whatnot for their time in Sochi. Second, doesn't bringing in more skaters take away some of the "specialness" (so to speak) of actually qualifying for the Olympics? It's like having a B-team, which no other sport I can think of has.

    I think there's been some discussion of something similar for the YOG in 2012, but the proposal was a little different and it made no sense to me. :/ Not sure what the deal will be there.

    I would LOVE to see synchro at the Olympics, but it would also be logistically difficult.
  20. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Hell to the no.
    Since the ISU hasn't had much success running its own team event - and IIRC has encountered some of the problems noted above, like tired skaters not wanting to add another event to their schedules, a limited number of countries/areas with enough skaters to be competitive, etc. - I have no idea why adding a team event to the Olympics is going to make those problems magically go away.

    And sorry, but the sport of international skating has managed to survive for more than 100+ years with the vast majority of skaters only getting one medal per competition. I don't find the "but athletes in other sports can get more than one medal" to be a compelling argument at all. I would even dare to say that the saintly aura of the Olympic Gold Medal in skating would be diluted if skaters were able to win more than one medal.
  21. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    I would rather they begin by giving medals to the top three in the short and free program as well as an overall winner. Just like the ISU does.
  22. Visaliakid

    Visaliakid Well-Known Member

    You can believe that this Olympic 'Team competition' would not be talked about and be under consideration without the knowledge and likely favorable consideration by the IOC. I think it will be approved for Sochi or the following winter games.

    I think the IOC wants to limit any increase in the number of athletes contributing to such a new event and would likely want national teams made up of skaters already qualified to contend for individual medals at the games - not add a second tier of skaters. Olympic movement is constructed to allow only those nation's athletes who qualify for the games. A new construt would have to be instituted to qualify separate skaters for the team. Using skaters already qualified for the four disciplines does not impact costs.

    In a perfect world the natural team competition at the Olympics would be Synchronized Team Skating. But as previously mentioned 8 to 10 Synchro Teams of anywhere from 12 to 20 members would mean 96 to 200 additional athletes to be housed, fed, travel paid for, etc. I don't foresee this happening any time soon. But I wish it would. Adding Synchro is my first choice.
  23. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

    Yes, yes, yes!! I'd love to see team competition at the Olympics.
  24. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

    I think the IOC should go through with whatever plan they had for YOG 2012 in terms of teams, see how it fares, and THEN decide whether or not to implement team competitions in 2018.
  25. Erica Lee

    Erica Lee New Member

    I agree synchro is a huge cost and that's probably a huge obstacle ... but figure skating is one of the sports at the Olys that brings in the most money... you'd think that would help even things out in the end. Unfortunately this proposed team event only seems profit-driven and not sport or athlete-centered.

    I just don't see the point in specifically creating an event for the Olympic Games that is not already a popular format at the international/national/local level (bottom-up). To me, that's not very "Olympic"... has any other sport event been a top-down Olympic creation?
  26. Finnice

    Finnice Well-Known Member

    I agree.
    But there might be more :bribe: in this.:(
  27. grandma

    grandma Active Member

    I would like to have team competitions at the Olympics just as in many other sports
  28. mia joy

    mia joy Well-Known Member

    China? All China has is pairs and don't you think that's a little too little to make a team?

    Obviously, USA, Canada and Russia would rule the event. If Japan works on their pairs and dance teams, which apparently they have been doing lately, they can count too. I wouldn't top France - they have some great male skaters, but it feels like the good old school of French dance is slowly ending by P/B wasting their French potential with a Russian coach (sorry), their best pair has split and they do not have any top females. I think Italy could have a chance, though.

    As for the event itself, I would love it, but I don't think the skaters would. Adding synchronized skating seems a better idea, yet more expensive, but look how many young girls' dreams could come true this way.
  29. let`s talk

    let`s talk Banned Member

    One country can present only one team. But the team has to have all four disciplines. In Vancouver only five countries could present participants in all four discipline: Russia, USA, Canada, Germany and Italy. If the team competition comes true, I am sure some countries will be able to collect the team (China, Japan, France?).
  30. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

    I think team skaters are very athletic, but I think the format of the competition would draw questions about its status as a sport rather than an exhibition . . . questions that could take down ice dance with it.