SkateFiguring took the violet pill
I say good for him as long as everything is legal without causing problems, now or down the road, for the organizations and other skaters. Whoever does the best on the day wins. ISU has only set minimum age but not maximum. There is also no rule to exclude bionic men.
And it has nothing to do with Money?? As for the Olympics, so many of the athletes earn money. There should be 2 classes of athletes as either competitive or professional. The OIC and the ISU should agree on their terms of reference. Anyway, looking to see Plushy again.
Originally Posted by Tonichelle
Bona Fide Member
I am pretty sure that the International Olympic Committee officially did away with the distinction between amateur and professional just in time for the 1992 games in Barcelona. This allowed the "Dream Team" to compete -- the U.S. basketball team featuring NBA players Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. (The U.S. had gotten tired of their college boys being beaten by "students," "soldiers," etc., from Soviet bloc countries.)
Now I think the rule is that each international sports body sets the rules for Olympic eligibility for its own sport. I believe that boxing is the only Olympic sport that still has "amateurs" and "professionals." (And even "amateurs" can earn money.)
In the case of figure skating, you can make as much mney as you want, but can compete only in ISU sanctioned events. For instance, you can't compete in pro-am cheesefest competitions unless the organizer of the event agrees to use ISU scoring rules and slips the ISU a little something under the table.
Also, you can't play sick and then skate in shows when you are supposed to be skating in ISU events like the Grand Prix and the World Championships. (It's OK, though, if you miraculously get well the day after the ISU event and skate in a show.)
Last edited by Mathman; 04-15-2011 at 08:16 PM.