I've been thinking what if we do have a reputation mark going into a major competition such as the Worlds or the Olympics? We would have avoided the tragic results like Tara Lipinski won over Michelle Kwan, or Sarah Hughes won over Irina Slutskaya.
In schools, a student's final score is determined by the final tests plus, for instance, the homeworks and the projects results. In workplaces, the evaluation of an employee is determined by his/her performance through a period of time plus several other criterias. The figure skating's SP is actually served as a reputation mark going into LP.
Since figure skating is subjective judging, why don't we reduce that one time subjectiveness by using a skater's competition results through out the whole season as a reputation mark going into the final competition - the World Championship. Add to the results from the World to determine the final result and the champion of that year's? For the Olympics, have a skater's four year competition results as the reputation mark going in. Add to the results from the Olympics to determine the Olympics champion. By doing so, I think, it could award what we believe the "true champion" instead of having the title to someone suddenly burst out from nowhere. Such a "champion" would likely fade away as quickly as he/she emerged, such as Tara Lipinski (Though she has had hip injuries to force her to stop competing.), Sarah Hughes, and Kimmie Meissner.
It, though, could not save the skaters coming back from the injuries or retirement since they don't have the full set of the competition marks of said period. (We could give these skaters bonus marks based on their old competition records.) But it could save a lot of real remarkable skaters who might otherwise have an off night or two.
Just a thought.
Last edited by jennylovskt; 03-06-2010 at 02:35 AM.