I agree with you. Joe Inman also judges piano competitions. I don't expect a skater to tell the story in 4 mins. Music is more than tempo, timing, rthymn, harmony, melody etc (these are the ingredients of music that can be analyzed). There is also an emotional and spiritual side to msuic, the aspect of music that makes or breaks an opera, or to a lesser extend ballet. I seriously doubt when Inman was judging a piano competition, he just look at whether the soloist is following the tempo as written by the composer. Inman probably judges the depth of feeling a soloist expresses etc. Take the example of La Fleur, it is more than just a tempo, timing slow fast etc, Bizet put a lot of pathos and despair in this particular piece, I speculate a skater who is able to skate to the tempo and the pathos of this piece will receive more reward from a judge, and IMO when a skater is just using La Fleur as background to showboat her / his tricks then s/he is not interpreting the character of the music in depth.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
Last edited by gezando; 12-01-2005 at 11:25 PM.
Thanks Gez - I'll save this for future reference when character of music comes up. It's more than a pose. It's heartfelt throughout while keeping with the nuances of the music.
Originally Posted by gezando
I felt that Shizuka's PCS scores were too low, if a case is being made for Sasha's (wrt Mao's). I loved watching Shizuka and Sasha's LP's (I will get to Mao later). Even with a major flaw in each, these were two mature, beautiful skaters. I love the security of Shizuka's edges and jumps. Sasha is weak in these. Sasha is more beautiful to watch- her extensions are breath taking, but that is not the only criterion for the PCS scores. I would have placed Shizuka higher. Her program was more sophisticated and she skated really well.
Originally Posted by bdreampixie
Mao is a delightful young skater- she reminded me of a young Kristi Yamaguchi. I hope we will see her for many more years and possibly as Olympic champion some day. In this competition I felt that even though she skated very well, she lacked the maturity and sophistication of Sasha and Shizuka. She does have great ice coverage though, so I am not sure that her PCS scores were totally wrong. I have not done a detailed analysis like RGirl, so it is hard for me to come up with an answer. If this was a 6.0 system, I would have placed her a bit lower. As Sasha said, the COP is a points game. Probably the 3A and the 3-3 in Asada's program carried her to higher overall marks.