Wicked Yankee Girl
The Event website is up and the Technical panels are:
Technical Controller Christine Hurth, France
Technical Specialist Marie Bowness, Canada
Asst. Technical Specialist Andrzej Dostatni (represented Poland in ice dance; not sure of his current citizenship)
Technical Controller Mr. Alexander Lakernik Russia
Technical Specialist Mr. Shin Amano Japan
Assistant Technical Specialist Ms. Claudia Unger Germany
Technical Controller Ms. Hely Abbondati FIN
Technical Specialist Mr. David Kirby USA
Assistant Technical Specialist Ms. Veronique Fleury FRA
Technical Controller Ms. Raffaella Locatelli ITA
Technical Specialist Mr. Ravi Walia ISU CAN
Assistant Technical Specialist Mr. Sarkis Tewanian POL
Are these the people who basically control the fate of the skaters?
No, they judge the technical part of the dance, assigning levels 1-4 to the required elements (twizzles, spins, lifts, footwork). There is a judging panel that awards grades of execution for each of the required elements (0-3) and marks for the presentation components (skating skill, choreography, transitions, etc.). Sometimes it happens that the technical panel will assign level 4 to the required elements and the judges only award 5 -6 points for skating skill. This begs the question how skaters could get Level 4 for the required elements, which are all difficult, and still get very low marks for skating skills.
It could also happen that the technical panel will not recognize the existence of the pattern for the required elements of the SD, while the judges will award grades of execution for the non-existent pattern. In short, the left hand (judging panel) does not always know what the right hand is doing (tech panel).
Then there are also gray areas where no one seems to be responsible for. Who marks teams down when there is no recognizable beat in their music? Who dings teams if there is no recognizable change in tempo?
So basically Doris V&M and Chan would have to have major screwups not to win this thing canada has a technical specialist in two of the four major events.
I think the tech specialist has more power in ice dance than the rest of the disciplines it is usually sometimes a judgement call that others might not agree on how to assign levels.
More or less: more is more
Is it true, that Shin Amano is known for downgrading the jumps of Japanese skaters? In that case, Asada and Murakami are screwed.
Chan habitually doesn't get tech calls so the only direction the prejudice could go is negative. Note also he won last Worlds with no Canadian officials on the panels. V/M don't need Tech and judges' unfair assistance either. These champions should not be devalued by baseless assumptions.
Originally Posted by romanoff81
Only the borderline skaters would be affected by strict or prejudicial tech calls, which are quite verifiable and require majority agreements.