Kat Witt...she brought sexy to ladies skating...not to mention intimidation...and while I think Chan's movement is divine I really see him as a continuation of what Curry started...and Kwan is my all time favorite but she really isn't revolutionary...fabulous at putting it all together at Nationals and Worlds tho...
But I'm getting too OT here.
How does the judging system affect what you enjoy watching? (I'm not being sarcastic--it's a genuine question). Personally, I just enjoy who I enjoy and hope the judging system will reward the best skate, "best skate" being constantly debatable, of course. (I've no opinion on I/K and am neutral on ice as as a whole now that Virtue/Moir are gone).
They're athletes. They want to win. How do you win? You play the numbers game. Accumulate them points baby. As many of them as you can. And that is directly impacted by the judging system. Take away a major lift and there go the points for that lift. Instead we get 6-12 more seconds of steps. Oh boy. And all at the expense of what has made ID so much more exciting--the lifts (purists can boo hoo all they want, but listen to the applause of audiences and what they applaud the most for--it's almost always the most athletic parts of an ID program--the lifts and twizzles). A really good lift is like an exclamation point--it UPS!!! the emotion.
Here's a good example. After Torvill and Dean's Bolero program, you had untold number of programs that tried to turn Bolero into a formula: single piece of Dramatic! music; emphasis on manufactured emotion, and complete the program with a Very! Dramatic! Fall to the Ice! Hey it worked for T&D, right? And they won the Gold Medal, right? The problem was, everyone started doing it--so much so that they had to institute a rule banning that kind of ending. And as an audience member, all that Uber!Drama! wasn't dramatic--it was tedious and numbing.
Hope that answers your question.
I understand what you're saying. Attempts at recreating magic with only the base elements often results in tediousness. I may not be an expert in ice dance, but it's the same in any art or performance. Just look at novels, movies, TV, storytelling in general...
I meant the question more like--even if I/K were competing under 6.0, wouldn't their routines be equally tedious to you? And they'll probably win more, which will create more drama! skates, which will probably make ice dance even more annoying for you. It seems like you simply prefer COP ice dance over 6.0 ice dance. (Apologies if I'm reading you wrong though). Of course, I'm one of those people who doesn't think the best COP-points-getter is necessary the best skate; if that were true, we wouldn't have tweaks to the judging system all the time.
Tonya Harding & Nicole Bobeck... bad girls? yes. Impactful? absolutely. why? 3 axel and spiral.