Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006
Responses, Part 14
Should judging in figure skating be examined?
Here are responses to the above question:
I broke my promise to myself never to watch boxing, figure skating and other judged events, to witness Canada win the gold in the pairs event. Now I remember why I made that promise. Another Iron Curtain fixing.
I love your anthem and said to myself, "Good, now I'll get to hear it" after Jamie and David finished their terrific program. What ensued made me wonder if the Cold War is really over. Honestly, the judges at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (which I watched before the skating) are more reasonable than this crew. They have some nerve to call Tonya Harding an embarrassment to skating; the IOC should look at itself in the mirror and ban this bunch.
I am a figure skating lover. I have continued to practice skating and follow amateur competition into adult hood. Last night's results indicated to me that, as much as I love skating, it is not a sport that deserves to be part of the great Olympic tradition. By placing the Russians first, the judges made, what should have been a joyful experience for at least one pair, miserable for everyone. Even the winners looked as though they were apologizing for their sport as they stood on the podium. My heart goes out to Jamie and David who are gold medalists in the hearts of all who watched last night's figure skating...with the exception of the judges. Perhaps we should ask the judges to submit to a drug test!
Corruption! Money is behind all this. I spit on the reputation of the winter Olympics.
I am an American and I am incredibly upset this happened in my country. Everyone knows who won.
Figure skating is a joke. Salé and Pelletier should give their Silver medals back! I would have walked off the ice as the Russian flag went up.
I am tuning out the Olympics.
I hope my message below can be passed on to Jamie and David: Dear Jamie and David, As a Canadian, I am very proud of you. Not only is your skating performance great, your response and the comments you made to the result is extremely graceful. To me, you are the champions in personality, spirit and performance.
I don't understand what all this fuss is about. In fact, I'm quite relieved that if I start saving now, I'll be able to afford to win a gold in figure skating when I'm 75! After I win an Olympic metal, then the whole process should be reviewed and changed. That's fair, right?
We would like to voice our opinion on how unfair we feel the pairs competition was judged last night. After watching the Canadians and Russians perform, it was clearly demonstrated that the Canadians should have been the next gold medallists. Also, we admire the Canadians for being so calm and positive about the decision. On any other sports event like soccer or football the response of the players would have been quite different during the event. We ask you to please write an article to encourage them to continue their fantastic career and ignore the wrong decision presented to them last night.
Larry and Marcela Gardner
Why not replace the figure skating judges with sock puppets? They are bound to be less corrupt, will do a better job and will definitely smell nicer.
This is not the first time Canada has been robbed. Witness the ice dancing competition in Nagano. As the Olympics tries to clean up its image of corruption and scandal it must take the lead to clean up this sport. Clearly, the ISU cannot. Monday's results were outrageous.
The fact that it is common knowledge that the winners of figure skating competitions are politically chosen is discouraging, not to mention infuriating. Shae-Lynn and Victor have been dealing with politically motivated rulings for years. How often have they come in fourth when they should have been on the podium? Elvis, as well, has been edged out of wins that he should have had. What happened to Jamie and David yesterday is discouraging. They earned a gold medal, and it was stolen from them. If medal standing are going to be politically motivated, and the winners decided before the athletes even compete, why do countries spend enormous amounts of money to send representatives to the Olympics? As a child I used to love watching the Olympics, the figure skating competitions especially. Now, I rarely turn it on because I get so ticked off about the judging. It's much more enjoyable to watch the tours that are done, than any kind of competition.
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Please relay my congratulations to Jamie Salé' and David Pelletier on their gold medal-quality pairs competition skating. All of Canada can be proud of their skating and the rest of us a little bit envious. Jamie and David made the finest pairs skating I have ever seen look easy! I don't know their plans, but they are sure to be a hit if they go on tour. As to the judging, well that is a different matter entirely. I slept very poorly after realizing that some of the judges were in an alternate reality. Best wishes.
Bob C. Smith,