I brought up the poll not to start a sexiness contest but to show there is a diversity of views on the subject that should be accepted instead of declaring one's feelings as an universal truth. Eagerly discrediting the polls does not invalidate others' opinions that are different from yours. I also brought it up as an example among other unsubstantiated statements made by the poster as factual premises for absurd suggestions.
I didn't bring up the video to dispute the win, though you all can watch Brian Joubert's performance at the same competition for comparison and judgement. Would it be controversial on skating boards of today? I meant for it to show winning with a fall is not the exclusive domain of evil COP system, which, at least, as you mentioned, accounts for the decision. Keep in mind it wasn't just a fall from a jump, it was a fall that negated a whole jump.Originally Posted by Mathman
As well, looking at the Gold and Silver skates of 2004 Worlds under 6.0, I can't help noticing how empty they were compared to today's winning programs, in the number of jumps, other elements, as well as all moves between the elements, i.e. transition. How much skating skills were demonstrated there? How much artistry was expressed via skating skills instead of arm movements on rather still moments?
Methinks the nostalgic lenses many wear while exalting the old system as vastly superior are heavily rose colour tinted.