IFS: Do you think that the new judging system has changed the way skaters and coaches approach the development of competitive programs? If so, what are your thoughts on that?
Hamilton: “Absolutely. Now skaters have to conform to the expectations and limitations of the system. The new judging system was created to make skating more of a sport. Philosophically, Ithink it is great but, in practice, does anybody care? There is not one step in any program that does not matter but does that translate to a viewing audience that will support the industry? No it doesn’t. It is confusing and it excludes the viewing public because now the judging process is disguised.”