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    Gives new meaning to the phrase "on ice seating"

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    After reading your post I decided to look for Jackson Haines on YouTube. I didn't expect to find much since he is from the 19th century.
    Did you find these still photos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    By the way, why hasn't anyone skated to the 1812 Overture?
    Shepherd Clark, short program, shown on ESPN from 1999 US Nationals, not on youtube.

    A google search shows that some lower-level skaters have used it, but I didn't turn up others that were likely televised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    Did you find these still photos?



    Shepherd Clark, short program, shown on ESPN from 1999 US Nationals, not on youtube.

    A google search shows that some lower-level skaters have used it, but I didn't turn up others that were likely televised.
    Thanks, but why such scary music with those pics? Did Tat pick the music?

    I was thinking about 1812 Ovt - and for some reason it made me go back and watch Boitano's 88 LP. Holy smokes - his 3A's were smokin' hot. Aside from Brezina this season I don't remember any 3A's that sweet. Certainly not from Evan, and most definitely not from Plushy or Joubert.

    In fact many of Boitano's elements look superior to what I saw this season and his jumps look so effortless, high and have such beautiful air position and flow out. His jumps are not labored looking but crisp and so well executed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    The shift we saw with COP was away from the intuitive to the harshly logical, and that's a pretty dramatic shift (and it's not truly complete), and we (enthusiasts and casual fans) still struggle with the change.
    Words of Wisdom!

    I, for one, would love to see the return of the Free Skate and the let the contestant show off his/her best program to the music, and not be hampered by restrictions. However, the CoP with it's nitty gritty judgements is not about to change soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    The shift we saw with COP was away from the intuitive to the harshly logical, and that's a pretty dramatic shift (and it's not truly complete), and we (enthusiasts and casual fans) still struggle with the change.
    I think you raise an interesting point - but I also think "harshly logical" is somewhat of a myth.

    Judging standards vary SO MUCH from event to event it feels like ISU propaganda to use the term "logical" when discussing how the sport is judged today.

    If we go back and consider how the Ladies GPF was judged this season, then the Olympics and Worlds it would seem to be hard to find any logic.

    A judging system that goes from very strict calls to very lenient calls and then back to strict calls for three consecutive events can not be considered logical. In fact it would feel like the opposite of logical. Manipulation might seem to be a better word than logical.

    It is apparent that the ISU decided that the Olympics would be judged differently than the GPF or Worlds. The Olympics is ISU's major showcase, seen by more people than any other event. It did not appear that ISU had enough belief in the CoP to judge trhe Olympics the way they judged other events this season.

    Was that an admission that the IJS still has too many flaws to be strictly followed at figure skating's biggest event?
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    Great question, janetfan. You raise two points I want to address.

    For me, the "harshly logical (but not complete)" is the way the sport is heading, theoretically. How do I mean? I mean edge calls get penalized. If you UR you get hammered. If you achieve a certain difficulty level, you get rewarded for it, no matter how good/bad it is.

    I think Rachel Flatt vs Mirai Nagasu at Nationals will go down as the classic example of the dichotomy I speak of. If one read the boards and gauged the enthusiasm, they'd come away thinking that Nagasu won and won easily. But that's not the case. Intuitively (how most of an audience operates, no matter how knowledgeable) - Nagasu won. She's more aesthetically pleasing. She's bendier. She's got the right body shape. She didn't fall or make "intuitive" errors (stumbles, step outs, etc). Her errors were logical. She didn't rotate fully. Flatt did. She got points for difficulty if not quality (the anti-Lepisto). Flatt won.

    Hell, even the way falls are judged fits this schism. What is a triple flip? It's a jump with three rotations "in the air" that takes off a backward inside edge with a toe pick assist, and lands on the backward outside edge of the opposite foot. (stealing from wikipedia). If you UR, you don't complete the first part of the requirement. If you take off from a poor edge, you don't do the latter. The fall? Doesn't affect the fact that it's a triple flip. So the jump gets penalized for quality, the fall gets penalized again (the deduction), but the triple flip stays a triple flip.

    The not complete factor? Well, ISU doesn't want to go the whole hog. It doesn't want to say well, that lutz had an edge call, therefore it's not a lutz, therefore not an element and doesn't contribute to the TES. And it's actually more logical to give more credit for a UR'ed triple than a solid double (base value is assigned by difficulty, and a UR triple is more difficult than a double).

    janetfan, your other point is a little more troubling, and COP simply will not fix it. And I don't mean they'll ignore it, I mean it's simply impossible to fix.

    Calling from one event to another (both from judges and from the tech panel) is not gonna remain the same. We saw it this year, we see it all the time. Why? Well people see things differently. GOE has objective parts and subjective parts, and we see that when we see a string of grades that range by three levels. Hell, even when there's a fall, we see outliers (Patrick Chan's free program at Worlds, for example. All but one of the judges gave him -3, as we all think they should. One judge gave a -2, presumably because he/she felt that the insane transition leading into it should get a mark). Is it deliberate? I can definitely understand suspicions; I agree with them (see the GP threads). But even it weren't, there isn't much the ISU can do, I think. Two people view things differently - one person's slow is another's Speedy. In extreme cases, you'll see agreement (for example, the Olympic FD judges giving V/M straight threes for their lifts). But check out the top ten at worlds in men's FD. How many times do the judges agree when no fall is involved? Out of 130 elements, they agree.... once. People aren't robots, but COP requires that for judging.
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