^ Gosh, that post was so well-written it seems stupid to try to add or subtract anything more on the subject.
But I still have a question about the main thesis and how it relates to the topic of this thread.
Here is my question. After skaters at various levels -- including especially youngsters in beginners programs and adult or recreational enthusiasts -- master these techniques, the next step in the sport is to enter contests to see whether they can do it better than others can. They want to win a prize and to show off to onlookers the skills they have acquired.The point is, the skaters, the coaches, the judges, the people who make the rules have always cared about those details. They've always cared about which edge a skater was on, how well controlled and how deep the edges are, how the skater gains speed, what kinds of turns they execute and whether they execute them both forward and backward, clockwise and counterclockwise, on the right foot and left foot. That's what the sport is all about. Those skills are necessary before a skater can execute complicated choreography or perform triple jumps. The scoring will always measure those skills, regardless of whether fans are interested or not...
The ISU can't compromise the focus on technique to please audiences who are interested more in musical expression or flashy tricks than in technique. Skating as a competitive sport is always primarily about technique, technical quality, and technical content of all sorts.
Would the competitors like to do this by having separate jumping contests, spinning contests, and footwork/moves-in-the-field contests? Or would they rather have contests where they are called upon to demonstrate that not only can they do turns on the correct edge, but furthermore that they can them to the beat of the music, accompanied by by appropriate choreographic flourishes and musical self-expression?