[QUOTE=rvi5;736130]If it is calm debate, then yes. However, constant negative bickering, bashing, and in some cases hateful posts which are little more than snide remarks will not help. A casual fan who is becoming avid, may turn back if they find these boards and read an abundance of those type of threads. Especially if the skaters being bashed are among their favorites. Casual fans come to these boards to learn from more experienced fans, not endure more negativity in their lives.
IA. Suggest they go to the ISU Forum where people are extremely knowledgable, respectful and engage in true debate; there is zero tolerance by the site administrator for trolling, hating conspiracy theories & the like.
I'm late to this discussion but I'd like to add a little something on Patrick Chan. While I was watching the competition and victory ceremony I was thinking that Patrick was disappointed in the performances he turned out at this event, and not disappointed in having to go to the event. When he spoke about the 2013 WTT in this video, he didn't show a negative attitude at all.
I thought he talked longer about the WTT, but now that I'm rewatching the video it's actually pretty short.
Here it is.
WORLD TEAM TROPHY in Figure Skating 2013 A N N O U N C E M E N T
3.2 Consequences of non-participation
It is of the highest importance that Rule 136 paragraph 6 of the ISU General Regulations be respected and implemented by all ISU Members and Skaters.
To be in compliance with Rule 136, paragraph 6, the following directive is issued by the ISU Council. Any Skater/Couple from a Qualified ISU Member, who placed within the first ten (10) places at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013 and is ranked in the ISU World Standings among the best 2 Lady Single Skaters, best 2 Men Single Skaters, the best Pair Skating couple and the best Ice Dance couple of his/her/their respective Qualified ISU Member, if this Skater/Couple elects in advance of the ISU World Team Trophy not to participate in the ISU World Team Trophy (for whatever reason), he/she/they will not be permitted to participate in any other competitions, shows, and exhibitions from Monday noon (March 18, 2013) after the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2013, during the ISU World Team Trophy, and until April 15, 2013.
In addition, depending on the circumstances, the concerned Skater/Couple and Members may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Rule 136, paragraph 6 of the General Regulations.
And...this is Rule 136 paragraph 6 of the ISU General Regulations
Members with Skaters who place within the first ten places at any ISU Championships and who continue in the following season to participate in Skating competitions and/or exhibitions as eligible Skaters, shall have the obligation, when entering or authorizing the participation of such Skaters in Skating competitions and/or exhibitions, to give first priority to participation of such Skaters in those ISU Events which are the subject of ISU television and commercial contracts as notified to Members. Members who fail to comply with the above obligation, and Skaters who refuse to participate in such ISU Events, without medical or other justified reasons, shall be subject to sanctions under the relevant Rules.
obligation, for whatever reason, sanctions....
OH, One Word pops into my head, right now.
ISU is Mafia or something?
If they eliminate this most ridiculous rule ever in sports history,
I'm willing to blame Chan and some critics!!! Very Severely!!
I know JSF is Very Important Sponcer, But this is not good.
That's a good thing that Akiko had season best program and received the high score.
but except her, almost other Skaters seems bad condition..
Anyway, skaters in k&c were so cute ...Well ...
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