I believe the ISU and particularly USFS are under the impression that true fans of figure skating love any kind of managed competitions, and will accept whatever is offered. Ardent fans love the musicality of the sport and are nourished to see it in any form of contests.
By eliminating the skaters choices, the Feds have full power to pick and choose, particularly the Big Six, based on the formula outline by the ISU. There is money making here - some to fill the Big Six's needs to tend to their skaters. The nonBig Six Feds are not able to get anything of this, except the prize money of their skaters if they qualify.
But I was thinking more in terms of figure skating as a spectator sport. I think what the fans like to see is a hard-fought nail-biter, who is going to win, who is going to lose, who is going to make the finals? I wouldn't want to see the Grand Prix events lose that kind of excitement.
I'm actually really worried for Yu-na... In the sense that after at last year's worlds that the judges in someways dumped her by putting Kostner ahead of her.. I know Yu-na made mistakes in the short and long, but Kostner was terrible and they gave Kostner second place over Yu-na.
Yu-na does not come from a powerful federation and now with the American girls coming up, and the Japanese girls, the Japanese federation has a lot of power, and Mao with Tarasova is certainly helpful for Mao politically... I'm just really worried that the judges are going to start screwing Yu-na..
Maybe I'm wrong. maybe they will realize that it's great to have Koreans into the sport and stuff. But I don't know.
There were reports that many Europeans wanted a European/American to be on top at last years worlds they think the Asian "invasion" is bad for the sport. I just don't want the judges to dump her.
Not bad, necessarily but a power shift, that's for sure.
I guess it all depends on who is doing the invading. Did anyone complain when Russia won three out of four gold medals at Torino, or when Canada had great results at Worlds last year?
Well we all saw what happened in the short program didn't we, when Kostner was put ahead of a lovely Mao, and what almost happened in the long.. Dick Button also said something after Nakano was jobbed that he felt it had to do with the "Asian Invasion." Hey maybe I'm wrong and the person was lying. But look what happened at that particular competition. And I can totally see people thinking this, then realizing that perhaps the problems with the sport are the judging issues, lack of actually trying to market it's own stars, and the new system.
Europeans non European. That's the reason figure skating isn't big? So let's put a pretty European girl on the medal stand...
I'm not doubting you. It's just with an accusation of prejudice it becomes tantamount to bad sportsmanship. Can't believe any group of Europeans would say that vocally.
This is certainly not a new idea. When successive ladies worlds champions were Ito, Yamaguchi, Sato, Chen and Kwan, with only Oksana Baiul sneaking in there one year, there was talk about the domination of the sport by Asian and Asian-American ladies. There was a lot of speculation about whether Kristi got her fair share of publicity and endorsements out of her Olympic gold medal, compared to "America's sweethearts" of the past, like Peggy Fleming and Dorothy Hamill.
One would like to hope that people don't care as much about stuff like that any more. Anyway, we'll see how the American (and European) public takes to Caroline Zhang and Mirai Nagasu -- unless Rachael Flatt blows them all away.And all those good-looking European boys are immensely popular in Asia!Originally Posted by Moviechick
I remember a tape where no one at COI (Japanese documentary) knew who Arakawa was, but afterwards one person was like she's the best I ever saw... So I really don't by the whole Americans won't take to Asian figure skaters (or Europeans) the issue the ISU doesnt' want to do its job and market it's stars.
Last edited by bekalc; 06-28-2008 at 11:51 PM.