If the NJS was around back then...
Forgive me if this has been answered before. For argument's sake, let's say the 2002 Olympics pairs competition was the catalyst that brought about the new judging system. Had the NJS been around then, who would have won? B&S or S&P? I know there are still subjective elements in the NJS, but is there anyone who knows enough about the new system to be able to answer that question? It's been bugging me for years!
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I think people shy away from taking a stand on this question because if the IJS had been in place then both of the teams would have skated different programs.
Plus, since the event was decided by suspicious judging, it is hard to guess how that might have played out with the same judges but using a different scoring system.
That having been said, the new system (at least at its inception) definitely rewarded harder tricks done indifferently, compared to easy tricks done well. This would seem to give the edge to B&S -- or maybe to Shen and Zhou for the gold.
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Considering how often and how markedly pairs COP rules have changed, first you'd have to say, "Under which year's rules?"
However, my guess is that B&S would have been 10 points ahead on the SP (one of the finest pairs' programs I have ever seen on TV), and it wouldn't really have mattered how the LP was graded that much, since everyone agrees the LP was close.
All in all, it was an amazingly well skated event. I'll try to find the programs of the top 6 pairs so anyone who wants to take a crack at grading can do so. Use this year's rules! However, you will find all sorts of stuff that is interesting, and currently illegal. Also they had 3 jumps passes.
Oh my, I truly hate what COP has done to pairs. It used to be so wonderful.
Berezhnyah and Sikuralidze SP Lady Caliph
Berezhnyah and Sikuralidze LP
Sale and Pelletier SP
Sale and Pelletier LP Love Story
Shen & Zhao SP
Shen & Zhao LP
Totmianana & Marinin SP
Totmianana & Marinin LP West Side Story
Ina & Zimmerman SP Shine on You Crazy Diamond
Ina & Zimmerman LP Variations on a Theme by Paganini?
Petrova & Tikhonov LP Chess
(I can't find their SP)
Last edited by dorispulaski; 05-08-2009 at 03:04 PM.
Reason: Got some stuff backward :(
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This might sound strange, but I never watched the pairs SPs from SLC. It was the middle of the night for me, I was busy with university so couldn't watch taped highlights, and then the whole thing was overshadowed by the LP controversy. So this was a great opportunity to take a look. And having done so, well, I am finding it hard to understand how any judge - even a Canadian judge - could've put S/P ahead of B/S on the SP. Elena and Anton skated a gorgeous program superbly. Jamie and David skated quite well but the program was nowhere near as impressive. BTW, was that Scott saying something not positive about S/P's footwork? So he was making an effort to be objective . The LP is debatable and always will be.
Who would have won with the current system? Obviously the programs would have been constructed differently. I believe that under CoP Elena and Anton would have won. The LP might have gone either way (though I think they would have won that, too), but their SP lead would have been big enough to ensure a win.
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I looked back and found I got my backwardses and forwardses reversed, because I have always believed that B&S's Lady Caliph is one of the finest pairs SP evah! (So I've edited my error out of my post)
BTW, while it is difficult to do COP grading on the LP, it is easier on the SP.
I would have it:
B&S by 10
S&Z eye-popping 3t, very close together, great ice coverage on the throw, super 2tw. DS very nice. Spin OK. F/w interesting. COPwise, I think the spin stops when either of them stops rotating, so it's likely that these days what Sandra & Scott are calling for a deduction for (Zhao spinning longer) would be called 'choreo' these days.
S&P quite close to S&Z, but S&P probably get -1 for the fall. They maybe get a point over S&Z for perf/choreo, and the lift was very nice. However, the 3T has a bit of unison trouble, the 2Tw was not as good as S&Z, and the throw was worse than S&Z. F/W not up to snuff versus the field.
I &Z (for the creative transitions, especially into the 3LpTh for extra GOE), perhaps 2 points back of S&Z/S&P. Probably 0 GOE on the 3T due to his bobble. I liked the F/W.
T&M at least 3 points back of I&Z. They were slow, accurate and transitionless. And their DS didn't look fully rotated, the 2Tw was chest crashy (-1). The lift wasn't that wonderful either-kind of messy set down. Best skill, the 3T.
Last edited by dorispulaski; 05-08-2009 at 03:34 PM.
Everyone has their OPINIONS on who should have won. under the 6.0 system. In those days, the two top teams were to be golden only by the LP so the SP was irrelevant.
The ISU settled it with a tie, but if the tie were to be broken one has to consider, under the CoP, what deduction the faux pas of B&S would have meant.
I'm with MM on this. Strategy by the two teams would have been different to satisfy the CoP.
I'm sure they would have, but if those programs done on that night were judged by the NJS, who would have come on top? Short program is undoubtedly B&S, but just the long? I'm curious to know
Originally Posted by Mathman
I would still place B&S on top because of their transitions and constant changes of edges in their skating and choreography.
Last edited by Raatkirani; 05-08-2009 at 09:16 PM.
Reason: changed my mind
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To me, the strange thing is that now, looking back, almost everyone agrees with this assessment. Back then the fans, like the judges, seemed split.
Originally Posted by Raatkirani
In principle, superior skating skills and more intricate choreography ought to translate into higher program component scores. But it is still up to the judges.
On this particular panel of judges, even in the short program three judges out of nine gave Sale and Pelletier the higher presentation mark, and more might have if S&P hadn't fallen out of their closing pose. It is not clear to me whether any of those judges would have changed their minds if a different scoring system had been in place.
At the time Sale/Pelletier were sort of the favourites with the judges--a lot of decisions were going in their favour which seemed pretty dubious--2001 Worlds is the best example (ugh pure highway robbery).
Originally Posted by Mathman
I think we can say that if we were judging the separate components of PCS as objectively as we could, Berezhnaya/Sikharulidze would win. But the way PCS is currently being judged now with all the components averaging around the same marks no matter what you do, it's not unconcievable that Sale/Pelletier would've benefited.
I keep on hearing the illegal Hip lift of Sale/Pelletier, without starting a debate about the subject can anyone tell me what was wrong about the lift (if at all it is illegal). I am not a techi person and don't really want to look at those rules book from 2002.
i would also like to know if that would be called illegal by technical specialist, who are more aggressive in their callings.