I am not blaming the scoring system, but how strange it seems that for all those 14-year olds doing 3Lz+3T, where are the top seniors who can manage such content at 18?Originally Posted by Daniel5555
It does seem like there is an exchange -- easier jumps, higher PCSs.
....and so on. I'm at a loss at how IJS is being blamed for skaters wearing black. Isn't that more of a personal preference thing among skaters?
As for memorable and personality-filled programs, I remember as many boring cookie-cutter programs under 6.0 as I do under CoP. Yes, we remember the Alexei Yagudins and the Michelle Kwans and the Philippe Candeloros the most, but there were a lot of just 'crossovers-and-jumps-with token poses' programs as well. We just tend to forget them because they were boring.
In the current system if you fall on a quad you still score higher on that element than for a satisfactory triple Lutz. The scoring system encourages skaters to try tricks that they can't really do, and rewards their failures.
On the other hand, if you didn't land a quad, you were pretty much dead meat anyway.
Of course all the men used to wear variations on the tuxedo, which would rather make them look like skating waiters. Hmmm, I sense a theme restaurant here (as long as you don't mind the temps! Then again, you would probably get a lot less complaints about food being cold...all things being relative).
Let's be honest, doing quads in case of men seems to be on the edge of human possibilities. Doing 3Lz+3T or 3A seems to be something similar in case of ladies. So those elements will always remain extremely difficult and will have relatively high probability of failure. Figure skating can't advance linearly, from doubles to triples, from triples to quads and from quads to quintuples. There must be a limit somewhere there.
And it's not like before skaters did this stuff routinely, it's just that people always focus on top skaters or phenomenons. You can't make another Midori Ito unless you use genetic engineering.
It just goes to show you...there ARE no new ideas. Sigh. Another brilliant idea dashed to bits on the rocks of reality...
I'm kind of mixed on this topic. I think the men generally handle the new system well, but it is more challenging for women because we have lower muscle mass so it is difficult for ladies to perform so many transitions and do jumps and spins. COP eliminated the spiral sequence, which only impacts the women. The catchfoot requirement (to achieve higher levels) makes most of the spins look the same. COP has really made men and women programs almost identical, whereas before a well skated woman's program looked quite different than a well skated men's program, and I don't like that aspect of the scoring system.
There may be ups and downs, but I don't think the decline in popularity is largely in part due to the system itself.