I think these words from Dick Button about skating sum up my feelings much better:
"Ultimately, there will be a moment or a performance that will arise and will lift your heart, and that's what counts," Button said. "In this world, if your heart gets lifted, even for a brief time, it's well worth it."
Is figure skating just a sport like baseball, soccer, hockey and the others - or is there a special and unique quality about it?
I hope skating will always retain the qualities that have made it so special. I can always watch baseball or soccer for typical sporting entertainment.
Here is a little fluff about Dick - with Janet looking so adorable it should be illegal
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It is really hard, however, to work work this into a scoring system. My favorite pairs team is Best and Young. Something about them, they make my heart sing. They might have made the top ten at Nationals last year -- I don't remember.Originally Posted by janetfan
On another thread there was a discussion about the lack of interpretation of the rules - and the pcs.
How are some fans supposed to acknowledge the superiotiy of a system that can't follow it's own rules?
As to special moments the scoring system does not create them or eliminate them.
I for one had a special moment watching Joannie skate her SP in Vancouver. That wasn't about 6.0 or CoP. But what if Joannie was a speed skater under similar circumstances. Had she crossed the finish line with a top time we would think she is a brave competitor. Those who know her might have been effected - but there was something about seeing this courageous girl not just compete - but also PERFORM under such heartbreaking circumstances.
Olympia touched on this - how skating used to know how to present a better product and seemingly have blown it.
I appreciate Pogue's comments and pov. But can't there be a happy medium? Perhaps some want skating to be a sport and only a sport. I always loved skating because at it's best it was so much more.
Society and culture go through trends. Change is inevitable. But when we see something we love no longer worthy of being broadcast on TV it must say something.
Does it suggest the new system has failed to capture the same size audience the former system did?
Some will deny this - but I think it speaks volumes and ISU should be addressing it before they find themselves in an even smaller niche.
ETA: I don't mean to sound so glum or negative. And there are good signs too. This year, US Natls broke all previous attendance records. The broadcast ratings of the Ladies SP at Natls was up 43% from the previous year (thankyou Sasha!). Of course ratings are always higher in an Olympic season.
Joe pointed out we are seeing much less of the Intl events. Maybe they will always be of greater interest to diehard fans. MM pointed out that casual US fans have never had as much interest in the GP and Worlds.
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