This is a complicated topic that actually needs to be discussed in a serious way, rather than in a condescending, 'support the status quo or else' rah rah way.
Like I said before, @aftershocks, I do and can acknowledge the ISU's faults. I really don't think many on FSU are exactly ISU sycophants. However, I just don't see the JGP, Ted Barton's commentary, or low-level skaters as an issue. On the contrary, I feel the JGP is definitely an example of the ISU doing something right and with vision.
I don't think the current competitive structure truly works for the benefit of all athletes. There are more effective ways to at least try to explore for athletes to be trained and to improve in this sport. The current system doesn't work well for athletes at a higher skill level, much less for the steady and efficient progress of lesser skilled athletes.
Just as there needs to be given more thought to proposed rules changes, there needs to be more thought expended across-the-board to provide increased opportunities for the development of athletes at every level.
I think these are interesting points and would make for an interesting discussion, as I would be interested to learn about what else the ISU does to foster the development of the sport. Off the top of my head, I know there are ISU camps around the world in the summertime (I know Grm assisted with one in Slovenia), but I'm not sure of the full extent of their efforts.
However, this is a VASTLY different topic than what we were discussing here.
Another thread turning into mess status?
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