Thanks for the idea!
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I tried something similar over at FSU, comparing freeskates from the ladies' world bronze medalists in odd-numbered years from 1981 through 2011: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...-of-the-Bronze
Only got a few responses -- feel free to go over there and add your opinions, or we could do a similar exercise here.
My personal favorites from that selection of programs ended up being 2011, 2009, 1987, 1991, 2005 -- so skewing more toward the IJS era and only one from the no-figures 6.0 era. Other posters would have different opinions.
Using gold or silver performances, or even years, or men, my results would have been different.
So I think we'd need a lot more data points to draw any conclusions that one era was objectively better than another. I just figure that there are good and bad and mediocre programs in any era and I'll try to enjoy the best parts of whatever I'm watching "now."
I agree with Mathman and Coolboogie. I think under 6.0, you saw two things you don't see today: fan pleasing moves that may not be that "hard" (like Phillippe's swordfight and Plushy's tapdance) that are now gone because they don't get a lot of points. You'd also see more "theme" skates, where a man (usually) would portray a character. That's not completely gone, as Javier was Charlie Chaplin the other day, but it seems less common. The programs in general seem more serious and less joyful, and I wonder it that is because that's what's rewarded more under the new system, or if it's a trend.
Figure skating purists and diehard fans may like the new system better because the results are fairer, but I think if it is resulting in duller programs, casual viewers may be turned off. I'm sure there are a certain percentage of people who watch to be entertained and don't care who wins, so they'd rather see a tapdancing swordfighting Napoleon than a plain old skater with deep edges and bent knees.
Well, we may be beating a dead horse here, but gotta make glue somehow, right? My 2 cents on the COP is that the basic framework and premise of the COP is awesome and necessary. Competitors building scores from scratch, with baseline values and everything clearly delineated in a score sheet afterwards. It sure explains a lot more than the unfathomable black box that was the 6.0 score.
That doesn't mean I like how the IJS implements the COP, though. First of all, I loathe the anonymous judging system. Transparency is the most basic ingredient in holding officials accountable. Without it there is no accountability. That's the biggie.
Secondly and secondarily, the IJS too often confuses complexity/busywork for difficulty/achievement. Witness the current death spiral. But the ISU has been curbing a lot of that lately, with the choreographic sequence being a lovely bit of simplification that's working out great. Now they just need to apply some of that to spins, the death spiral, pair and dance lifts, etc.
Thirdly, and this is perhaps most relevant to the topic at hand, the PCS needs to reward artistic performance more. Right now, PCS seems to mainly reflect skating skills, which is only one of the many components. Now I love good skating skills, and I love how much it's being emphasized in every discipline now. But I absolutely hate it when I see a skater or team give a remarkably beautiful or musical or emotional performance and not have the relevant PCS reflect that just because that skater/team doesn't have the greatest skating skills. When that happens, it will naturally encourage more crowd-pleasing performances to emerge, among other kinds of increased artistryacross the board.
In order to test which program the kids prefer, I think it would have been better to use the same skater. That way you could have eliminated the fact that the kids might have actually preferred the skater instead of a program. You could have used Plushenko form the pre COP era and Plushenko now. I think the reason they preferred Candeloro for Takahashi was that Candeloro's musketeer program is very entertaining, now it could have been a show number and it's understandable that young people prefer those kind of programs, they go to see Disney on Ice for example.
I agree with you LRK, probably they voted to the more entertaining program, not to what is more difficult. The really entertaining program is very rare today.
Mybe you should make the experiment with Candeloro exhibition that he takes his shirt off, the sex bomb by Plush and Petrenko with Mambo doll Oh and Verner's "I m sexy and I know it"!
What an excellent discussion - best I've seen on this forum so far. I would like to add to one poster's comment about anonymity of the judges. I believe the audience should know how each judge scored. This would reduce any politicking and deals (especially prevalent in ice dance) and make judges accountable.
There is no point to ask for purely entertaining programs in competitions. So "The really entertaining program is very rare today" is no problem at all. And that should not be a reason against CoP.
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