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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006


Responses, Part 21
Should judging in figure skating be examined?

Here are responses to the above question:

It is not surprising that figure skating is in such a mess after watching the head of the ISU on TV yesterday. He was a big joke. It makes one think that the whole organization is dishonest. The IOC should act immediately and overrule the ISU and award a second Gold Medal to Canada, so we can get on with the rest of the Games. This whole scandal is overshadowing the rest of the Olympic Games and the other athletes.
Mary

It is becoming evident that the ISU has no intention of addressing the judging scandal in any serious manner. Nor will they ever admit that the gross misjudgment during the pairs free skate at the Olympics was brought on my collusion and pre-arranged voting. The IOC should sanction the ISU and conduct its own independent inquiry, but I doubt very much that they will find "the smoking gun". That leaves the COA and Skate Canada to decide what their best course should be. Perhaps now is the time to cut ties altogether with the ISU. Since the judging of skating performance is still required, maybe it is time to create an entirely new international skating body. One that would reinstate the principles of fairness and more objective judging. Why should local Canadian skaters continue to fund an organization that clearly has lost any sense of responsibility for sport. Proposing such a new association would have the added benefit of quickly determining which other countries still believes this sport can be saved.
Brian

Isn't it obvious? The problem is a reflection of the Samaranch "reign". It is endemic. "See no evil ..."...
Mark George

The outcry over the gold medal in the pairs is bizarre. The Russians clearly deserved the gold. Their skating is far more fluid, beautiful, intricate, and technically more difficult. In general, their skating ability is a level above the Canadians. Thus, an average performance by the Russians is still going to be better than the best performance by the Canadians. That's what you saw on Monday night. So did the majority of judges. The complaining is just North American jingoism run amok.
Michael Davis

Only if they want people to watch it...let's face it the difference between figure skating and WWF wrestling is that in wrestling the ref (judge) gets knocked out flat on the canvas when the bad guys do the wrong thing and in skating the refs (judges) are still awake.
Capatosta

The figure skating judging we witnessed in the pairs final was biased, disgusting and most damaging to this beautiful sport. To think we ban athletes for any use of substance, yet we continually brook interference and cheating by the very judges who are supposedly determining the true champions of the skating world! Figure skating should clean up its act, and permanently ban these "involved" judges who bring their politics to this sport. Otherwise this sport should be banned from the Olympics. Shame on them!
Rob Moffat

I'm just a dumb hillbilly from West Virginia who doesn't know much about figure skating, but Salé and Pelletier skated a perfect program. How can a team who made at least two glaring errors to the untrained eye win the gold medal? Anyway, when I saw the French mark, I knew the Canadians would be screwed out of the gold medal. If ever I should suffer a crushing defeat in my life, I pray to God I can be as classy as Ms. Salé and Mr. Pelletier. Both are a credit to Canada. And know that about 96 per cent of respondents to ESPN's poll have said that Canada won the gold. Not all Americans are deaf, dumb, and blind. And in answer to the question, hell, yes, examine judging in figure skating. And while you're at it, make the panel 10 judges and rig it in such a way that you can't have 5 or 6 judges from the "Communist" block.
John D. Seibert

Judging in figure skating must be examined after the shameful results of Feb 11 2002. I don't place any blame on the Russian pair, they are probably feeling pretty low about the entire fiasco and maybe even embarrassed that they received the Gold Medal that should have gone to the rightful winners. If I were president I would let the Russians keep their Gold medal. I would immediately hold a ceremony and award the Canadian pair a Gold medal as well, I'd give the Silver medal to the Chinese Bronze winners and the bronze medal to Ina and Zimmerman who likely suffered a loss in this "arrangement" as well. I'd do my best to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again! This completely ruined my Olympic Spirit. Figure skating is my favourite Olympic sport.
L. Shepherd

In order to avoid future disappointment to all Olympic figure skating competition, let's remove it from medal competition altogether. If the associations would like the world to see the skaters perform, have them do ten minutes at the opening ceremonies.
Kelly Denning
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