This is an offshoot to the conversation about Evan vs. Evgeni. I thought I'd start a new thread to ask my question, to separate it from the quad question.
Under 6.0, they did, correct? They would rank the skaters, saying "OK, I thought Tara was better than Michelle, so I'll give her a 5.9 because I gave Michelle a 5.8" for example. A judge would put the skaters in order as they liked them, and panel of crooked judges could manipulate the whole competition if they wanted to, by placing certain skaters above others en masse.
Under the COP, is this type of manipulation possible? Do they know that in order to make sure Skater A wins, they must not give Skater B more than 7.2 for transitions, for example? Or is it so confusing that they just add or take away decimal points as they see fit, with really no idea what it will all add up to in the end?
People complain about the judging all the time, but maybe there are so many numbers and so many categories, the judges themselves may have no idea what the final score will be for a skater (unless they can add in their heads), and may not know exactly who will be in first or second place. That doesn't let the COP off the hook, if the base values are off, however.