I have no idea what the first comment above means. Yes, the two marks are combined in order to determine the placement/ordinals. But among other things, throughout the years under 6.0 either tech or artistic (it varied at different times) was the "tie-breaker" in tie situations. So the tech/pres marks did have significance individually.Originally posted by Effy
Re. Oksana vs Nancy as I remember the judging system at that day, each judge would be acounted as one combined vote, but the term technical/artistic only gave them the ability to review...
If you take the ladies competition at SLC, I think more judges than one was to instantly impressed with Sarah Hughes and gave her a higher mark, than the might have done under other circumstances. She got the title for being gutsy rather than clean.
Also, FYI as I understand it, the assertion that Hoffman was the "deciding" judge is also incorrect, or at leat not fully accurate. I don't want to review the whole story now, but IIRC Brennan helped spread that idea in her first book.
And the assertion that Sarah *always* had cheated jumps is something non-Sarah fans like to keep propagandizing about innit.