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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006


Responses, Part 18
Should judging in figure skating be examined?

Here are responses to the above question:

I have just listened to the Press Conference of the Head of the International Skating Union and it is certainly clear that the problem goes all the way to the top. This man's evasive and defensive answers point to the extensive corruption which exists in the sport. Clearly his first concern as to get this scandal under wraps as soon as possible. Self-regulation is a privilege not a right. The ISU and the sport of Figure Skating has behaved in such a way as to forfeit that privilege. I would like to see the entire Olympic sport of Figure Skating placed under a Trustee until the mess is cleaned up. Begin by removing Mr. Cinqento as Head of the ISU. Olympic Sports are big business and they conduct their business with an Enron-like secrecy. Given the reputations and the money involved it is time to open the proceedings to public scrutiny. Any sport wishing to have access to Olympic Competition should be required to have open, public regulation; clear, fair judging procedures, published, detailed judging results and an open, independent dispute resolution mechanism. To do less is to invite the farce that we saw the other night.
S. Saunders

It's not just Sale and Pelletier who were robbed, the viewers were robbed too. Had Sale and Pelletier made a mistake, I would have been crushed because we (Canadians) all believed they (Sale and Pelletier) had a real, legitimate chance ... but they didn't, did they. Despite the fact that they are World Champions, despite the fact that they have won their last 9 competitions, and despite the fact that they came through, they put it down, they did it. That means that we (the viewers) never had the chance to enjoy that win either. They were perfect. Every time they went into a difficult manoeuver, my heart stopped. So when it was all over and they had skated flawlessly, I deserved to see them win the gold medal and I deserved to hear my national anthem. I missed my chance to hear it in Lillehammer and in Albertville (when Kurt Browning fell). I finally got a chance in 2002, but I was robbed. We were all robbed and that's not right. I hope the media keeps up with the pressure, that's the only way the ISU will be embarrassed enough to do something about this. Sale and Pelletier deserve it, and so do I!
Kathleen Spelliscy

I am an American who was appalled at the results on Monday. I've also written to the ISU to tell them so. Jaime and David clearly won. The judging structure in figure skating needs a complete overhaul! This situation has been going on for years, but has never been quite as blatantly obvious as Monday. It's reprehensible that the IOC and the ISU let this continue. There needs to be a full review and an appropriate remedy. People work far too hard at this sport to have narrow-minded, corrupt judges playing games. Chins up, Canadians, whether the judges and the Russians know it or not, the rest of the world knows that you got that gold fair and square!
Pam Torrington
Connecticut


This U.S. Citizen and resident of the Great Smokys was thrilled with the U.S. Pairs (that boy from Alabama can skate). Then came the Canadian Pairs and solid goose bumps for their whole program. They were magnificent and vibrant. The poorly judged Russian team was good but not great and did not deserve the stigma of winning on bad judging. The real winners are the Canadian Pair, for they won our hearts and are in our prayers.
Steve Kelley

As someone who has known professionals and has friends who have participated in the Olympics, I find it difficult to say this, but the time has come to say goodbye to it all. The Olympics are an expensive farce that caters to corruption, politics and, while the money is made in North America, is dominated by corrupt Europeans. Even when official professionals are involved (as opposed to the old Eastern Bloc unofficial ones) it gets screwed up. Just see how the NHL has handled the release of players. Let's give up the farce and spend our money on participatory sports for the health and welfare of our children.
Carl Micks

If the awarding of Olympic medals drastically changed the world order, then yes let's examine and correct the obvious flaws in judging. I think it is important to remember that this is just another form of entertainment. I understand that the athletes train long and hard for their events but whether they win gold , silver or bronze does not change who goes hungry, homeless or dies for lack of medical attention.
Phil Jennings
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