This is my first post here and I hope I'm putting it in an appropriate place. I've been a figure skating fan since I was a kid (MANY years ago LOL) but never a skater. I just have tremendous respect for all of the skaters and the hard work it takes over years to create such beauty on ice.
I am SO GLAD to have found this board!! I've read many posts this morning and am thrilled to see how respectful everyone is even when opinions might differ.
I can't wait to watch the GP finals on TV this weekend. I love it when skaters put together great performances - I guess I'm a sucker for upset victories!! I hope that all of the top skaters "pull it together" for Nationals and Worlds. I'd love to see great head to head competition with everyone skating clean. That's my dream competition as a fan.
I'm reading the COP threads with interest. I agree with many of you that anonymous judging is still a huge problem - I hope that part goes out the window. I'm glad to see a more detailed scoring system that if implemented properly, allows for judging of specific technical and presentation elements. I think the skaters deserve to be evaluated in a more complete way than the old system allowed for. I also think the scoring system encourages more complete skating - i.e. we're seeing the difficulty (and subsequently the excitement) of things like spins and spirals going up. It's nice to see something other than jumps being rewarded.
I hope the ISU cleans up the judging debacle. I hope under COP that at minimum it's more difficult for judges to cheat just based on a more complex scoring system. (sad)
Thanks for listening to my ramble here - I really look forward to getting to know all of you better, and to participating in a skating board that seems "sane."