05-17-2010, 07:46 AM
There is another factor that could confuse a casual fan. My mother watched the ladies' free at Skate America on TV with me. Rachael clearly beat Yu-Na in that segment. My mother couldn't understand why Yu-Na got the gold. I tried to explain the concept of a short program, but Mom couldn't grasp it.
Maye the old expression in correct, "If it didn't happen in television, it didn't happen."
05-17-2010, 07:56 AM
Last edited by janetfan; 05-17-2010 at 08:05 AM.
05-17-2010, 08:15 AM
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It would be better if only ordinals carried forward.
Originally Posted by PolymerBob
05-17-2010, 08:48 AM
And how would you carry ordinals into the LP?
Originally Posted by Mathman
05-17-2010, 09:20 AM
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Factored placements, as in the 6.0 system. The point totals for the SP would be used only to determine the placements in the short program. LP point totals determine placement in the LP. Final score = LP + 1/2 SP ordinals, lowest wins, LP break ties.
Originally Posted by janetfan
Like in the World Series, if you win game one by a score of 20 to nothing, all you get to carry forward is the win.
For Polymer Bob's mom, if only the LP were televised they could begin the broadcast by showing the top three SPs.
Edited to add: So from the television spectators point of view it would go like this. Among the top three, whoever wins the LP wins the gold medal.
If someone should strike from fourth or fifth place, it would be like the 2002 Olympics. That skater skated great in the LP and the top three all made visible serious errors. Either way the audience goes home feeling that the best performance won.
Last edited by Mathman; 05-17-2010 at 09:34 AM.
05-17-2010, 10:02 AM