Nope, not buying that argument. The referee has a better view of what is going on than those of us at home watching since the referee is, you know, sitting there rinkside with the rest of the judging panel. If I can know, the moment she stands up and starts to skate her program again, that the whistle should have been blown and the program stopped then the referee should also have had at least that amount of level-headedness and wits about him to recognize the same. Refs have the same, sometimes less time, in football, to make the decision to stop the clock and require the player to be evaluated. This isn't rocket science here. There is no "oh, what should I do?" handwringing about it. It is purely a matter of training and education on the topic and the ISU is woefully behind when it comes to current medical procedures with respect to concussions and injuries on the field of play.I decided to time what happened. From the time Ashley falls to the time she is back on her feet is less than 10 seconds. So much happens in those 9 seconds. We have the benefit of a camera focused on the skaters. The coaches and judges and medical personnel are at the boards. I'm not sure how much they could really see or how fast they would have been able to be aware of it. By the time it sunk in that they "knew" something should be done, she was already skating.
When I time the awful fall of Totmianina and Marinin, it is a full 9 seconds before he even gets to her and it's clear she is not going to get up. It is over 20 seconds before the coach gets to them.
I don't know if I would have realized the problem, had the thought process, and actually been able to do something in those 9 seconds. I would want to think I could - but I probably would have taken longer.