In a recent interview with IFS, "Skate God" Scott Hamilton shared his thoughts on the new judging system, how the viewing public is reacting to it and offers some insightful tips for young skaters when conducting interviews.
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.”
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