I only thought one of his proposed ideas was good, combining the senior and junior worlds at the same time and venue.
It would appear the ISU is having money issues from his proposed suggestion, and suggestion is all it is just now. However I worry for both figure skating and speed skating, we as figure skaters would not be in this mess we currently are if this man did not make such radical changes to the judging system, we have lost a large percentage of viewers/money etc because of this IMO. I can see why he proposes these changes (to cut costs). If he were a smart man he would of noticed long before what was happening and he should of tried to do something earlier to solve the problem. I vote for no confidence in this man, he should be removed from the sport and under no circumstance should a person linked with corruption within the sport be voted/taken in as the new leader of the ISU (Didier G)
A good leader at the top of a sports organization can make a huge difference. Look how much a difference David Stern made with the NBA. When he took over, the NBA was almost broke. Most teams lost money. Arenas were half empty. The NBA finals weren't even shown live on US TV. Tape-delayed to off prime hours. Fans questioned how legimitate the games/competition was. Sound familiar? Look at the NBA now.
One thing Stern realized early on is that a sports league is only as good as its superstars. Stern marketed the heck out of Magic/Bird and then of course Jordan.
cooper, i agree. just trying to make the point that leadership makes a huge difference. there was a time that figure skating was extremely popular.
In many countries Figure Skating is still very popular. In NA became popular thanks to Kerrigan&Harding drama. Plus a country can become more interested or less interested depending on how strong the movement is. When you have strong skaters the sport is more visible and popular.
For example in Italy the majority didn't even know about this sport before Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio started to won medals. It became even more known with Torino 2006, and later thanks to Carolina.
I immagine that Yuna Kim has contributed a lot for the figure skating in South Korea too. Both in terms of popularity and movement.
We might not see the results now for South Korea but maybe later yes. If they invest for their skaters of course.
This is interesting and related to the subject of popularity: http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sport...pularity_x.htm
We want Speedy out for good, and Didier sounds like he'll be another corrupt disaster for the sport. Is there anyone of integrity who has a chance to do some good for fs?
I know from your posts that you are happy with what happened in Russia at the Olympics. You defend it. However, there are those of us who want radical change. I am one of them. The sport has been killed by corruption and people are staying away. You want proof? Look at the numbers of people who are staying away from the sport. Only the diehards are sticking with the sport and there are not enough of us. As well, these proposals are obviously cost-saving measures. Even the suitcase money can't keep it afloat. The sport has to become honest. The house has to be cleaned, not just with a new leadership but a new organization. And under the new system, whatever happens to the smaller countries, it cannot be as bad as what is happening under the current system, which has basically killed itself and taken the whole sport down with it. This has to be the lowest the sport has ever been. Thank you, Mr. Cinquanta. Quite a legacy.
Old boy European leadership in skating has failed the rest of the world. Time to give them the boot and replace it with a meritocracy. Any country can sign on, European, North American, Asian, Russian, even Australian, as long as it wants to play honest. That was my proposal. I know it won't happen. It takes too much effort and energy. But what is happening now could completely kill the sport altogether for decades. We are at the point of bare survival.