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Thread: Figure Skating became a jumping contest in Sochi

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    Quote Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy View Post
    I think the take-away from this competition is that there are no longer any "throw away" elements.
    Unless you are Russian then you dont need strong anything. Just show up and collect your gold medal. The glory days of the height of Russian politiks of the 70s and 80s are back in full force. Lets see if they continue it outside of Russia. Wonder how deep their pockets still are after all they shelved out to secure sweeping the golds at this competition pre Games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cptnhastings View Post
    "Figure Skating became a jumping contest in Sochi "

    Ugh. It was MUCH worse in the early 90s after they got rid of compulsories. Go watch Surya Bonaly's three Worlds silver medal winning performances to see someone awarded for jumping alone.
    Bonaly had some artistry too. It wasn't just the jumps. Her basic skating was horrendous, though.

    If she had been taught proper technique from a young age, she would likely have won all three of those Worlds, and 1994 Olympics as well.

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