What you are proposing sounds a lot closer to what the SP was like during it's first decade or so. Very strictly mandated elements: the solo jump (its takeoff and its number of rotations rather than a choice of them); at least one of the jumps in the combo (takeoff and rotations mandated); flying spin and change spin (position and max and min rotations mandated). Choice would be limited primarily to step sequences, combo spins and the triple or quad jump in the combo. Reducing the optional aspects of the SP that have been added for the last 20 years or so might make it clearer and easier to judge specific skills and deficiencies that can be covered up with choreography, embellishments, or one big element. A real apples to apples opportunity to evaluate everyone on the same basis to the greatest extent possible. Allowing music to remain might keep audiences tuned in but reducing the emphasis on theatrics in that segment might restore focus on it as a technical test of pure skill rather than an assessment of artistry or a measure or greatest difficulty. Less of an essay exam and more of a standardized test. It's worth considering.
In my opinion, the short program and the long program have completely flip-flopped. In the short program most of the skaters manage to show some kind of performance skills, and the programs tend to have some sort of theme and relation to the music.
The long program is the one that has become little more than a jump-fest and an endurance contest. There is very little effort to do anything but just cram in as many jumps as possible in four-and-a-half minutes.
It seems some young skaters are getting the idea and attempting quads without good PCS and before they are able to fully rotate them. There will be splatfests and "quads" rewarded with 2 points before fall deduction. Falls don't pay. Sometimes they are compensated enough to still give a decent placement if the skater is really good but mostly they won't.
Though I have to admit I don't like the fact that Chan can win with three falls. But I don't think the programs where he's done so are instantly worthless either.
I couldn't watch live and am just catching up.
- Kudos to KVDP! Amazing!
- I finally see why Joe thinks Brezina is a great dancer. I HOPE he will put it all together this season. What a joy he will be if he does.
- Hated to see Kozuka's meltdown. Still don't "get" his skating though. He only came to life in the footwork sequence for me.
- I loved both Denis Ten and Richard Dornbush in spite of their jump problems. I don't know how tall Ten is now (definitely taller than last year) but he reminds me of Takahashi in his passion and dancerliness. When his jumps work they are Oda-lesque in their softness, and the way he hurled himself into the last footwork sequence was wonderful. Dornbush's program is a winner... it's so corny when it goes into the WT overture... but it's very endearing since he "earned" it with three minutes of "serious" music (if you can call spaghetti-Western music serious) beforehand... to say nothing of a quite remarkable save on a quad! (Can knees go any deeper?) Can't wait to see both of these guys deliver really good performances of their programs.
-Haven't had the heart to watch Armin yet.
I really think Brezina's the one Chan should be the most scared about. If Brezina improved his stamina and started doing those quads in the short and long that we know he can do, he'd be very scary for Chan. Especially since Patrick's 3axel is as shaky it is. Michal could begin to pile up a huge TES lead. Its why I don't understand Michal's coaches strategy. I think Michal pretty much lost a whole season of development due to injury.
it's like the difference between dinner and dessert. a dessert is small and sweet, while a dinner is bigger and grandiose(well, maybe not always, but in comparison).
a better (but, probably less relatable) example can be found in stand-up. short jokes are quick, clever(ideally), and gets to the point. this makes it easier for a lot of newer comics because they can get it out faster and if it goes badly it's easier to put behind you. on the other hand, a story or a longer bit requires, not only the ability to tell a story &/or build it up, but also the ability to keep the audience's interest and the confidence to not start doubting yourself before you get to the punchline(s).
but, you know, that's just my observation & i am quite the neophyte when it comes to skating. :P
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