Although I don't think there is any conspiracy behind the rule changes, but I gotta say for skaters to now win based on GOE alone is kinda crazy. It seems that skaters now have to have to fit a much higher standard than what was asked ages ago, and I do agree that this takes out a lot of the originality of figure skating. I feel different skaters jump in different ways but it seems that speed and height are the main factors that go into GOE. I just feel that a lot of unique and great skaters (e.g Lu Chen) in the past may not have survived under the CoP system because their techniques weren't as polished.
Other skaters will have good chances to win if they perform big, fully rotated triple-triples on correct edges.
Changes to CoP last several years were steps to encourage correct technique and making Figure Skating better IMO.
I still remember being ticked off by Ando winning the 07 world with 4 triple lutzs and under-rotated 3-3, without any choreography nor transitions.
Would you be happy to see that again?
BTW, not all changes gave advantages to Kim.
Last year, base value for 3A was increased to current 8.2 from 7.5 IIRC.
As Button said recently, Yuna is a unique combination of artistry and great, clean technical ability. That is why she may seem unbeatable under the current system. But her superior artistry did not save her from coming second to Rachael Flatt in the SA LP when she couldn't pull off all the jumps.
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I have another question too. What else constitutes a good jump? I really don't see how the GOE points could be changed, as I define a fine jump to be one with great height, ice coverage, speed, extension and transitions. Correct technique, of course, would follow the base value, as inadequacy is penalized. GOE, however, is rewarded for exceptional quality. Perhaps we should include a GOE bulletpoint for risk. What other suggestions do you propose?
Anyway, it feels like even the notion of 'basic skating skill' is Yuna-centered. How Yuna skates, how she uses her edges is superior 'basic skating skills', and how others do it are less superior basic skating skills.
And then when the 'basic skating skills' score is so great that it can cancel out two jump mistakes that she makes so that she can still win, it just seems like the percentage of the score that's allocated to 'basic skating skills' is much too much for someone like me to comprehend.
I don't think that this program had any journalistic purposes to investigate and reveal anything new or to do meaningful problem presentation. They happen to have impressive interviewees such as Plush, Orser, and an Olympic judge. So these FS experts talked their opinions. But the program per se is merely an introduction of the basic concept of GoE to casual viewers who couldn't fully understand the large score gap.
I find it regrettable that they filmed the judge and Mao's email, and it is even more so that these images served no meaningful purposes but to attract the audience attention.
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I agree with you on your first point; I can't say that they were wrong (is it actually written down in the book of Olympic rules that you can't secretly film judges - I really honestly don't know) and I can't say that they were right (I don't see the point of it).
As for the rules being changed to favour certain skaters, I look at it differently. Rules change, and certain skaters then make changes accordingly to rake up more points and others don't for their own reasons which may or may not pay off. For example, when the edge call became stricter (which I don't think was unfair since all the jumps are already clearly defined in terms of how they should be done), Yuna didn't have much to do (already correct edges most of the time), Miki started busting her backside to get them right (had an awful season but eventually succeeded), and Mao decided to concentrate on the big-money jumps that she didn't have problems with. Furthermore, although I loved Yuna's Scheherazade, I don't think it would have been strong enough for the Olys even if skated clean. She can't suddenly start practising TA or 4T with less than a year to go, so they work with what is essentially a similar jump layout but with clever transitions in and out of those jumps to make them technically more difficult and more impressive to watch. It is a strategy and the coach's responsibility. Athletes do the same but in a different way even in other events where no judging is involved beyond calling fouls and disqualifications. This is why I would love to see Mao with a different team.
As for the intense pro-Yuna commentaries and articles, there must be various reasons. Commercial? Of course! Regardless of who wins, it is thought by many to be the most glamorous event in the winter olympics, just like men's downhill skiing is considered to be THE event. A beautiful young girl wins with two clean skates - sell, sell, sell! It would have been the same, whoever won. I did notice the amount of gushing in NBC coverage, though. I suspect it is at least partly because of Brian orser being friends with some of these people. Personally I don't like listening to these, which is why I think Robin Cousins on BBC rocks; it's like listening to a very good teacher who is passionate about maths but in a nice way But then, as long as Brian Orser doesn't have personal friendship with the judges, the only potential sufferers are TV audience.
With regards to the COP rules, if certain teams feel that they are unclear/biased and disadvantage their skaters, they should officially demand revision through their national federations INBETWEEN seasons. Although I was heartbroken to see Mao so upset straight after her skate, I feel a huge respect for her because she was upset about her own performance rather than "I deserved the gold more", and she seems to be thinking already about doing even better in the future.
As for the political stuff, I have absolutely no knowledge about what really goes on and I don't trust the occasional media claims from any countries, so I have no opinion.