Tripping on the Podium
Sonia Bianchetti site
Have you guys run into her website?
She has been the teacher of the judges under the old 6.0 system and she has a lot to say about new judging system and the running of ISU in general. I found her writing very informative and helped me understand the nature of the sport.
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Yes, Mrs. B. has a lot of interesting inside dope about how the ISU really works.
But the reader has to be a little cautious. Bianchetti was a principal in a big ISU power fight and came out on the losing end. So her view (I am honorable, eveyone else is a scoundrel) is only one side of the story.
Likewise, not everyone agrees with her assessment of the New Judging System (it is the worst thing that ever happened to figure skating, second only in the election of Olaf Poulsen as president of the ISU in 1980.)
Her book, Cracked Ice, is an excellent read, however -- especially for fans who thought that crooked judging began in 2002 at Salt Lake City.
Last edited by Mathman; 09-03-2007 at 03:33 PM.
The most notable crooked judging began in 2002. It's hard to believe that anyone would doubt that Legougne did not cheat after admitting she did. duh.
Before that everyone was afraid to talk about it including Hamilton. Just whispers came out.
Bianchetti has a lot to say about everything that figure skating stands for. Most of it is right on factual; some of it is opinion, not unlike sooo many other people from around the world.
Whether her book resulted in her being overlooked by the voting for Preident of the ISU is a conclusion by readers who apparently are of the yes men types, who cares? She brought some needed questions up to the forefront. In my opinion, things have changed since she spoke out.
I never read that Bianchetti said that she is honorable and everyone else is a scoundrel. If she did she was putting the effete colleagues down for pussyfooting.