Cleanness of the performance is an objective measurement. It can be judged even by a casual fan, uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices. The CoP glasses dilute such an objective measurement. It makes the fans wonder what color the judges actually see through those glasses.
At the end of the day, Chan won, some whined about it. Just another day in the office.
Anyway, Congrat to Chan for being unbeatable in 2011! All the best for 2012!
If a skater makes mistakes but still has the best performance of the night, then he should win, whether his name is Patrick Chan or something else. I thought Chan deserved first in the short in spite of his mistakes (I believe I said so in the SP thread). If he'd hit his jumps in the free, I'd have been fine with him winning that segment too because that would have made him undeniably superior that night, regardless of whether he deserved the best PCS all across the board (which was what the post of mine you quoted was actually questioning, not whether someone can have a certain number of mistakes and win).
I don't think it's the outrage plenty of others here seem to think (the scores between the top two were close after all, and Dai didn't hit a quad either), but I do think it's questionable. And if this is the kind of performance that starts winning major events frequently under CoP, then I'd like to see things change.
I would agree there should be more education on TV, online, and basically wherever fans or the public might come across skating as to what is measured and how in both the TES and PCS scores. Canadian TV does a fairly good job of this from time to time. There needs to be much more education. The system is really not that hard to understand. My 10 year old can figure it out really well. I'm a very casual fan of tennis, and there are all sorts of crazy rules in that game around who gets to serve when, how the scores add up, what's in or out, and it doesn't always look logical to me. But I can easily find out the rules if I care to. I don't need people to "dumb down" the sport for me so that I, a very casual fan, might not have to do anything to understand the sport. Same goes for skating. And the commentators can help a great deal by explaining results and performances. It's not that hard. I like to think most people are a little more sophisticated and intelligent to not just look at jumps or whether anyone falls. I think the casual fan will have much more faith and trust in the COP system than the old system. I don't think the loss of interest in skating has anything to do with COP. I think it has to do with the actual judging scandal that only reinforced what people basically already thought was going on, and the amount of money, time and effort involved to participate at an elite level. In Canada, people just go play hockey - boys and girls. Or soccer...It's WAY cheaper. If we want to be treated like a sport, we need to behave like one, with measurable, scorable, verifiable data on performances. COP does that. And I think the inclusion of PCS is important to provide balance to the quality/artistic side of skating. Do we need to define PCS a little more clearly (ie. what constitutes a 7 vs 8 vs 9)? I think so. Do we need transparency in judging? Absolutely. But those things would not change the marks or the placements today.
That being said, it is exceedingly difficult to comprehend the system if one is still kicking and screaming for the "good old days" of 6.0. Or perhaps when people are annoyed that their favourites don't win and it's easier to blame the system and the judges than look at the reality of the marks. That's the great thing about COP. We actually get to see why one skater was marked higher than another skater.
I highly recommend people read a post by Dorispulaski on the ice dance results, and a technical breakdown. It's fabulous. There is no question why the marks are what they are after the SD. I may be a Virtue/Moir uber and think they are the best team, and I may feel that Weaver/Poje are consistently robbed, but the marks, element for element, really do tell the tale for the SD yesterday. Davis/White deserved their placement, even if we feel their PCS was a little high. The great thing about COP is that placements are not predetermined. It's what you do on the day.
Maybe it's true that we all need to educate ourselves to understand the CoP. But I'm not sure we'll attract new fans (which skating needs) by saying in effect, "You're welcome to come watch skating, but you must bone up on the rules first." People don't get attracted to a sport by being told they don't qualify to be audience members until they fulfill the requirements. Why bother, when hockey is so easy to understand? People skate around, each team guards a goalpost, sometimes the puck gets in. As viewers get more interested, they learn the subtleties. But understanding who wins and why should be the easy part for newbies. I'm just saying.
In Canada, there are all sorts of reasons why skating is not as popular as it used to be:
- huge popularity of hockey for boys and girls - it's a team sport, instead of primarily an individual one
- the cost of the sport, which means only the rich or supremely sacrificial get involved, which reinforces the idea that skating is elitest
- lack of funding opportunities for developing athletes
- lack of seeing figure skating as a real sport, but more like a beauty contest (see comment above regarding the old 6.0 system)
- lack of good PR and marketing in the places that matter to the general public
- lack of airtime on TV news broadcasts - in my town which has big name recognition for skating, we are lucky if our stars even get any mention at all, but every little league hockey, baseball and high school basketball team will be mentioned
- high cost of skating shows like SOI (sorry, the average person cannot afford to go)
- stereotypes about the sport, especially for boys who get involved; there are still boys who get beaten up at school if their class-mates find out they are figure skaters
- insular focus, instead of reaching out to the broader, non-skating community
Perhaps not coincidentally, Battle of the Blades has done wonders for the appeal and acceptance of skating in Canada. That, and former skaters like Jeff Skinner who are now hockey stars and remember what skating did for them.
And I could probably find many more reasons. I don't think COP is the reason. Sorry. If people think that COP is subjective, they should visit the old system for awhile. Been there, done that, and it was proven to be way too subjective and open to fraud.