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    News Ice Skating community needs to regain control of our sport - Petition to remove Cinquanta

    https://www.change.org/petitions/ott...-skating-union

    It is time for the Ice Skating community to stop sitting by and allowing our sport to be ruined. We have reached an all-time low in relevance and participation. A major reason for this is the extremely poor leadership of the sport. For 20 years now, a speed skater has been president of the ISU. Why should our sport be presided over by someone who didn't participate in it and doesn't understand it?

    The first action the ice skating community needs to take, to stabilize the sport at this moment, is the removal of Cinquanta as president of the ISU. After that, the ice skating community needs to immediately think about plans for withdrawing from the ISU and forming an international skating union that does NOT include speed skating. Why should these two sports be mixed together in the same governing body? There is no purpose for it and continuing to have them linked together will only serve to damage ice skating. It should be noted that figure skating, or "freestyle skating", is what brings in the VAST majority of revenues to the ISU. Speed skating essentially just "steals" the money that figure skating generates. There is enough time for a new ice skating union to become accredited before the next Olympics. We must act NOW.

    After the root of the problem has been solved, we must then treat the sickness that has been caused, which is a judging system that is severely flawed. The rules must be significantly altered to not reward failure, to not reward convoluted and uncreative skating, and to have properly trained judges who are not anonymous. Our sport has lost the audience because the skating has become ugly/uninspiring and because the judging has no consistency and no clarity. In an age where there are more and more outlets of media and recreation for people to engage themselves in, ice skating absolutely must stand out as a unique blend of artistry and athleticism in order for it to have any real future.

    Please sign the above petition and contact the skating unions to let your voice be heard. The email addresses of each skating union can be found here (a separate but related petition) - https://www.change.org/petitions/isu...-isu-congress# (the contact info for Great Britain's union is not listed there, they can be contacted at info@iceskating.org.uk).

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    I signed

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    me too

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    I did not. The petty comments about Adelina make this look really uncredible.

    Not to bash Carolina, but if she is so great why did she win no gold medals this season. Its not like her finishing 3rd at the Olympics was some big conspiracy. She got a way higher score than she did all season.

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    Wow...this is really agenda driven and political! Frankly, CoP has made judging much more transparent than the 6.0 system. After all the death threats, online persecution and the lack of civility, I now support anonymity for judges because it seems it is open season on judges and attacks WILL be visited on their persons IF they ever dare to place certain skaters second! This is seriously beyond the pale.

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    I don't think as a speed skater, he's very popular in certain speed-skating countries at the moment, either. Speed skaters here did very well at Sochi. What does the pres say? Let's scrap some of those distances!
    Imagine for a minute, the USA or Japan taking gold, silver, bronze in, say, ladies FS, and the ISU pres says, Hey, that event is dominated by one country. Let's get rid of it!
    Nope, not very popular guy here! Just saying, you may not enjoy a former figure skater as pres, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyskates View Post
    Wow...this is really agenda driven and political! Frankly, CoP has made judging much more transparent than the 6.0 system. After all the death threats, online persecution and the lack of civility, I now support anonymity for judges because it seems it is open season on judges and attacks WILL be visited on their persons IF they ever dare to place certain skaters second! This is seriously beyond the pale.
    People who intentionally misconstrue the point of certain matters—certain matters, might I add, that are actually legit—for their own sorry agendas are seriously beyond the pale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwertyskates View Post
    Wow...this is really agenda driven and political! Frankly, CoP has made judging much more transparent than the 6.0 system.
    No it hasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YLFan View Post
    The petty comments about Adelina make this look really uncredible.

    Not to bash Carolina, but if she is so great why did she win no gold medals this season. Its not like her finishing 3rd at the Olympics was some big conspiracy. She got a way higher score than she did all season.
    What do you find petty about what was written about Adelina in the petition?

    The general idea is that nobody thinks Adelina should have scored as high as she did, even if they think she deserved to win. The petition is not stating that Adelina robbed Kim or Kostner. It's stating there was a clear case of judging fraud and/or incompetence on display, and that Cinquanta has done nothing but ignore it. Perhaps the petition could have slightly better wording, but the points are pretty clear.

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    Signed! We need to share this to other skating forums, too.

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    Cinquanta has done nothing but ruin the sport during his tenure, and that was long before the proposterous ladies event scoring of the Games which might have been the apex of his reign of curruption and incompetence. Any success the sport has had is inspite of him, not because of him. I signed, but take comfort even if this doesnt work he is retiring in 2 years so his reign of terror is soon over either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blades of Passion View Post
    What do you find petty about what was written about Adelina in the petition?

    The general idea is that nobody thinks Adelina should have scored as high as she did, even if they think she deserved to win. The petition is not stating that Adelina robbed Kim or Kostner. It's stating there was a clear case of judging fraud and/or incompetence on display, and that Cinquanta has done nothing but ignore it. Perhaps the petition could have slightly better wording, but the points are pretty clear.
    Yup and skating faces a whole host of other issues. It has never been more irrelevant to American audiences. You can barely catch figure skating competitions on tv anymore. There are issues with how judges are selected and trained. One thing I'd like to see is some kind of reality/docu type show that covers skaters in the off season. Like take us into their training process, let us get to know their personalities, and teach audiences about the technical aspects sport.

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    signed.

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    I don't think the ISU can or should be saved in its current form. The quicker it goes belly up the quicker a better organization (devoted to figure skating alone) can be built. If skating has to miss an olympics or two then too bad better no skating than more Sochi style judging.

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    this makes sense , so count me in.

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