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    A season of inconsistent judging

    Being a proud Australian, I first want to congratulate Australia's first ever ice dance medalists at an international competition. Danielle Obrien and Gregory Merriman won the bronze medal at the Mentor Nestle Nesquik Torun Cup in Poland. Fantastic job.

    Belinda Noonan, a respected person in Australian Figure skating circles wrote an article about her take on the new technical minimum scores. Long story short, she is critical of how these high TCS' are affecting ice dance. She discusses issues from how these standards are leaving skaters and their struggling federations in the dust. Not only that, she even discusses about the great inconsistency in scoring and calling of levels. She also looks at the other side of the argument and the lack of funding in this expensive sport.

    What's your say? Post below. Thanks

    Here is the article

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    Thanks for the post. Could these dancers look any cuter in their circus get-ups?

    I agree with the writer that the qualifying scores are too high. This will change the character of the world championsahips. The previous deal was, every ISU member has the right to send its national champion to Worlds. Even if they don't win a prize, it gives them something to build on and something to aim for in the future.

    The World minimum entry requirements for Ice Dance was set so high that Olympic Ice Dance Champions, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were unable to achieve the 29 point Short Dance score at the prestigious Skate Canada Grand Prix last October, even though they won the event.

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    According to on 15 Now 2012 at Worlds could be up to 23 couples of 15 countries.
    After 15 Now 2012 some other courles could earn technical score at Senior B's. Also may at Euro and 4CC.
    So at Worlds most probably will be more than 20 couples. It is enough to have 20 couples qualified to Free Dance.

    More serious is situation for 4CC - up to 17 entries of 8 countries om 15 Now 2012.

    At Euro no doubt will be enough entries at Ice Dance, or even too much. May be, technical score for Euro will be made higher next season.

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    Quite a few teams in ice dance achieved the TES for 4CC's & Euros who had not done so before at the International Trophy of Lyon this past week, including 2 teams who compete for Japan, Oi/Mizutani and Hirai/Delasuncio.

    Hurtado/Diaz, Mysliveckova/Brown achieved the World TES in both programs.

    However, this is a demonstration of inconsistent technical calling, unfortunately.

    The author of piece is correct, especially since such a small group of people (the three person technical panel) determines the whole set of career opportunities for skaters.

    A worse thing is that there are so few convenient/lower price opportunities for non-European skaters to achieve these minimum TES scores. There is only one Senior B in North America this year (Salt Lake at the beginning of the Season). Did Asia even have a Senior B anywhere this year? Europe has quite a few.
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    What if they changed this system to allowing anyone who meets the minimum to go to worlds? Screw the 2-3 per country rule. Just make it so that if you meet the minimum, you get to go to worlds.

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    My understanding is that there are two purposes to the minimum scores rule. One is to establish that everyone who competes at Worlds has established senior-level competence, and the other reason is to keep the numbers of competitors manageable both logistically and financially. So letting in 10 or more Japanese and American ladies wouldn't solve the problem -- unless they set the minimums so high that few other countries would have anyone who qualified.

    And it would also contradict the principle that federations, not individual skaters, are ISU members to be served by the ISU championships. If skaters were to qualify on individual merit alone, not by nationality, then the whole structure of the the way the sport is governed would need to be significantly different.

    The other thing I don't like about using a minimum TES is that it measures only the elements and not the quality of the basic skating. I wish there were some way to consider the Skating Skills component as well, even though it is inherently more subjective. At least GOEs do count.

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