I see lots of suggestions on how to improve, or change drastically, CoP. I have often thought something was lost when they got rid of figures. I'd hate seeing a Trixie Shuba situation again, but if this is first a sport, then could they somehow have the SP done with no music, with all the skaters doing exactly the same requirements? They seem to do that in ice dance. In singles, I'd have different expectations for men than women. But would it be possible to have the technical skate with identical requirements? No music to emotionally manipulate the judges or fans. Mastery of all the triples for ladies, Quad needed for men. I haven't thought this out in detail, but I would favor a technical skate with judging like in CoP with some changes as to how jumps are rewarded. In ladies, I'd like to see double axel and all the triples the goal, spiral sequences, footwork sequences etc. If all skated the exact requirements, how long would be fair. Could top athletes do a 4 minute technical skate, then two days later a free program?
I am just wondering if there could be a system that had a Tech program where the requirements were exactly the same for every skater, in the same order. I am thinking only from a fan point of view, where all is explained by the commentators, what they are doing, explaining the points possible as they go along. As skaters or as fans, how do you think this would go over. The free skate would be scored so that originality, choreography, line, musicality, interpretation were very important. I have not thought about what each portion should be worth, but it seems , then only a certain number of skaters who scored ? would get to the free skate. Maybe the top 18. This is very vague and general, but do you think such an idea would kill the fanbase left, or draw viewers who could see exactly what they were viewing and understand the difference in ability easier? This might be a crazy idea, and that is why I have addressed it to people who know much more about the scoring of skating and those who have skated, to see things change radically. I would still watch, and often have watched a skate without the music to see how much the music is affecting me, as oppsed to the actual skating. I see on Youtube that when people cannot use the music originally skated to, they often, and seemingly easily find a piece of music that fits very well. All those montages are amazing.
So if this is a horrible idea that would never work, please be nice. I don't learn anything from the roll your eyes icon. If this is a sport first and not an art, then how do you change the sport to reflect that? Thanks for entertaining the idea if you would be so kind.