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Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006


Responses, Part 22
Should judging in figure skating be examined?

Here are responses to the above question:

The judging should definitely be challenged. Something is rotten with this system. You can smell it a mile away. A possible solution is to have a team of professional judges available but not tell them what event they will be judging until the night before the event. I watched and taped the last three performances (Russia, Canada and China). I'm no expert but you would have to give Canada better marks for technical (no flaws) 5.9 and at least the same as the Russians for presentation 5.8.The Russian skaters should have had marks deducted for the flaws .2 therefore they would get 5.7 and 5.8. Canada wins Gold.
Laird Elliott

Absolutely! This is not the first time that the judging has been in question (Bourne & Kraatz). Elvis Stojko's marks on Tuesday night were an outrage. Something must finally be done about this injustice that is constantly being inflicted on ice dancing, pairs and singles. The only people that get hurt are the Olympic champions.
Jacqui Tucker

Salé/Pelletier should be Canada's flag bearers at the closing ceremonies. They deserve the honour and it would be a giant thumb in the corrupt eyes of the ISU and IOC.
Steve Bryant

As a Canadian living in the U.S., I have found that my American acquaintances are also outraged with the results of the pairs competition. This is not the first time that the judging of figure skating judging been called into question. The Olympics are meant to be a non-political arena for the meeting of nations. They are about excellence and fairness. A dark cloud is now hanging over the Olympic games. This Olympic Games will be remembered as one of scandal. Not only figure skating but all sports have been overshadowed by this controversy. As a Canadian, I am outraged. As a citizen of the world I am ashamed. For me, the Olympics will never be the same.
Dorothy G. Williams

I used to be a skater and after many a competition my parents questioned whether I should continue in the sport. At one event, I was the only clean skater landing every required jump, and spinning every required spin. Yet, I ended up last. I'm not sure why, but the girl who forgot her program and fell about 6 times came first?! GO figure... I've been told by judges that they marked be low because: my underwear was showing, they didn't like my music, they didn't like my coach, they've never heard of me before, my makeup was smudged, my skate was dirty, my hair was messy, etc. As you move up the levels you would think that the pettiness and politics would lessen because their are unions and organizations at the World Level involved. Obviously this is not true. If the judges want to hide behind the idea that there was no bloc, if the skating wants to hide behind the idea that there was no bloc, my only guess would be that maybe Jamie or David's panty (underwear) lines were showing, but from my view at home, I didn't see any panty-lines. I didn't see any smudged makeup. Their skates were as clean as their skate was clean!
Michelle

What a crock! Now, the French skating federation comes out with pity our poor judge. She was pressured and is emotionally fragile! Well guess what, we all have to make decisions in our lives and have outside pressures. If we all chose the route of dishonesty and cheating, what a world this would be. The French judge has taken a decision to be a liar and a cheat. That was her decision and there are no excuses. I think the only way this nonsense will be solved is when the major sponsors like Coke and Visa apply pressure to the IOC so their names are not associated with liars and cheats. For the IOC, money talks.
Bill
Calgary

I agree with others who think that the ISU, IOC and the judges should be sued. A successful civil trial could bankrupt these organizations, which would be a fitting end to these corrupt beasts.
Brian Thompson

The examination of judging in figure skating goes on after every Olympics and nothing ever changes because it is hard to change the corrupt because there is so much money in the way. Money talks - So what has to happen is those that are the most effected and can make the biggest statement need to make a move: All skaters, coaches, and other related personnel - walk away - say fix it or we're gone! Then Duck because the biggest storm you have ever seen is about to take place - the fans will be screaming for a rebate - the Olympic committee will be scrambling to determine their legal position on this request and the networks are going to have a colossal mess trying to reorganize schedules and keep all employees working - and Holy Smokes you think there are a lot of commercials at once now - look at all the air time they will have to fill - so more screaming from the viewers, and around and around we go! I would say that within 24 hours apologies will be flying and medals will be redistributed. It is time to stop the emotional abuse that is inflicted on these athletes. We all agree that many have suffered and many more are in line. This should not be about the money - it should be about the athlete. If we have lost this focus than maybe skating should just be for entertainment and let the athletes work towards that instead.
Lynda
Boston, MA
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GER
12
16
7
35
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10
13
11
34
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11
7
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24
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6
3
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17
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