Flutzing Around's Thoughts
He suggests that elements with falls receive 25% of their starting value and the fall deduction gets applied to P/E in 5% increments (1 fall, -0.5 from PE, 2 falls, -1.0 from PE, etc)
Sure, he may have skated better than most in an error filled competition. But you gotta ask, how did an error-filled S/S beat D/R in pairs when S/S failed to even get a single Triple credited in their SBS? All they did were SBS doubles + fall. Answer : S/S are so much more superior overall, individual elements notwithstanding. One thing is very consistent in judges' seat is that they look at what was put on the ice in that given competition but they also assessed the finer qualities which don't usually go out of the window just because the individual elements were missed. The latter is somewhat harder to assess especially for those who watch over scratchy / crappy internet feeds. This is why sometimes people think judges held up X skater over Y skater. While there is some truth to that, more often than not, it is the less visible qualities displayed that helped to hold these people up despite their visible errors. This is true since the 6.0 era and many former greats have been the beneficiaries of this such as Kwan and etc., including the one who tweeted "confused in Florida" - only if his memory is not so short that he was a skater without Quad in a world dominated by the 4 revolution jump. More recently, Kostner, Asada, Takahashi and Chan have all received such cushion as well.
I find some of the comments less than illuminating is that it seems less about how they would change the system and more about how to "fix" Chan's win. No one can agree on what should be the priorities under the scoring system. It is impossible to create one that rewards clean + quads + triple axel + awsome ss + fantastic spins + great presentation. There are very few skaters that could reliably meet all these criteria.
Something has to give - under this iteration of COP they minimized the clean requirement, under previous iterations they minimized the quad. If they decide to place more value on "clean" programs, skaters will just sacrifice the jump that give them issues. Ie: Chan would keep the 3A just in short etc.
I can live with a fall if everything else is good or two small mistakes if everything else is good. I frankly felt that there was a strong case for Daisuke winning the Olympics. But I can't bear to see slopply executed programs get rewarded on things like P/E.
I have a hard time thinking how making a ton of glaring errors doesn't effect your overall performance, I'm sorry it at the very least affects the overall impression of your performance. One fall I can live with but multiples-no.
Nobody's complaining that Patrick was on the podium. Based on his short that's fair.
I don't want to see people getting medals for easy programs, but surely there has to be a balance. The system right now seems to encourage people to pack in overwhelmingly difficulty throughout regardless how well the difficulty can actually be executed.
Why can't the system encourage a balance? Reward the skater who performs the program that best combines difficulty and execution. It is that person who should win.
Ten combined this the best at this competition.
The judges could have easily given Patrick PCS in lets say around 84 overall. Said PCS would still reward him for his good qualities but also showing the performance wasn't up to his great standards. That would have been fair.
Figure skating will never be just about how somebody delivers on a particular evening. It's not that kind of sport. There are many different skills and they are acquired over years and years of practice and some of them will stay relatively constant throughout different performances. That's the way it is.
I think that not only does the corridor does need to go, there needs to be a better framework for marking PCS. But corridor will never go because it would make judges look like they are completely clueless (because there would be so much variation in the marks suddenly).
And it never will possible to please everyone, whatever the changes. Chan won here partly because the quads he landed extremely well were worth so many points (which is something a lot of people have argued for).
I mean if there was a massive deduction for falls introduced, next year everybody would be complaining about the system being stupid and wrong because nobody does difficult jumps any more.