Yes! Come back, Michelle, come back...
Maybe join the "We can't stop competing!!" team for the team event, along with the rest of the, "oops, we're reconsidering retirement" people?
the problem isnt that the competitions are held in russia, the problem is the judging system and the judges who may accept incentives to judge in favour of certain skaters. the last time i checked the whole panel wasnt russian, and having a russian name doesnt make you russian, there are at least 15 countries that use slavic names and in the same countries (including russia) you find occidental names. (im not defending the results btw, its just facts)
sports that bring money will never be out of the olympics, even tho if they have scandals like the ladies podium did.
now, major changes for judging and codes happen at the beggining of new cycle. if any changes are going to be made it will happen after 2018, i doubt that even making the judging not anonymous would happen before 2018.
Some comments say because i post selfish nonsense because my favorite skater are underhandled, or judes are 'harsh' to her.
I never thought corrupt judge, unfair deduction, unaccoutable bonus points are so OK to so many people. I hope 'harsh' does not mean 'serve you right'
I think you're unfair though. There were lots of fighters for justice at the beginning but you have to take in consideration that those who stayed with this forum [or, with after-Sochi figure skating in general ] till now are mainly those who are OK with anything on condition that their favorite wins/performs
– or, cynics who enjoy the vanity of human nature
IOC and NBC will never let that happen. NBC paid $1.1 BILLION to broadcast the 2014 Sochi Olympics. NBC paid another $1.1 BILLION to broadcast 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Even with the decline in interest in figure skating, the ladies event is still the marque event and the crown jewel for NBC and the IOC.
I am not saying she is likely to win OGM in my opinion, but she is a perfect material to create and build up a sellable story around.
I wouldn’t be that optimistic. A casual American viewer may care not for Yuna or whoever but they care for fair game more than any other casual viewers I’ve seen. More popularity for figure skating may lead to more knowledge about its specifics and backfire as even greater popularity loss after the coveted medal is bagged
There are plenty of people who care about Sotnikova outside of Russia/Russians. Case in point: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...light=shiffrin
The reality is, even though Sotnikova didn't deserve to win gold, she still delivered excellent Olympics-worthy performances. No juvenile name-calling of yours will change that.
So on behalf of ignorant viewers I say there was no controversy. Regular people didn't notice anything wrong and even opposite: they observed a beautiful night of magical skating concluded with very satisfying results.
^I think Yuna SP was very spectacular (in terms of a "casual fan" visual perspective, not in terms of levels/scores). I liked her LP too, but I can understand why some people might not. Mao's LP was the performance of the night, but sadly it was never going to be enough after that short program.