Thanks for the link to the article. Very interesting read.
Wicked Yankee Girl
Granted skating is hugely less popular in the US that it was, but is that so in other countries?
Certainly it is wildly popular in Japan and Korea today. Ross Miner commented on the fact that tickets for the men's event at NHK sold out in "3 minutes".
Has the popularity of skating waned in Canada? In Germany? In France? In Russia? In Italy?
I hope our non-USA members will tell us.
Thanks, Mr. Rossano!
I believe generally speaking the scoring system has changed for the better. The more I study it, the more I like it. Though there are a lot to be improved. Regarding to popularity, it will be more unpopular in US with or without scoring system changes. The judging scandal really did the work to hammering down this sport imo. But there are huge cultural background and many factors contributed to it.
I'm all for loosening up in some areas in CoP but it should still be based on CoP. 6.0 should be thrown away forever because it was too roughly designed and measured, and reputationally based.
I read this article earlier and I agree with everything Janet Lynn had to say.
Especially the part about youth, and how they measure great performances of the past by today's COP, and find them lacking. Ahhh, the ignorance of youth.
Me, I don't have neither the time nor the desire to educate the ignoramus, let them wallow in their own stupidity and superiority.
I did find this to be an interesting read, and I agree with her sentiment; I don't like what skating has become under the COP. But the difficulty is the fact that skating is a judged sport, and you have to have some objective measurements to determine who wins and who loses.
My favorite line:
Teach skaters how to skate a resplendent language on ice with necessary self-government and set them free to beautiful music.
A resplendent language on ice. What a beautiful way of describing the element that calls me to skating every time.
Agreed. Personally I think the decrease in popularity is not so much about judging as about lack of interesting skaters. Where there is a star, there is a fan. After Kwan's retirement, there has not been any American skater that could step up to the plate. Sash Cohen, who could not even win a World championship? Evan Lysacek, whose skating was deemed boring by many despite his winning the Olympic? Without a star like Yuna of Korean or Mao/Dai of Japan, the popularity in US is of course destined to go for the worse.
Originally Posted by Bluebonnet
When I talk about "star qualities", I don't mean supreme skating skills that only the experts can appreciate. I mean such qualities as the elegance of Mao and the dance of Dai that even a casual fan could watch in awe and admiration.