That is characterizing indeed!
That is characterizing indeed!
Here is one of his lovely articles crowning D/W gold medalists even before they skated their individual FD in Sochi.
Oh, I am sure they reached consensus about the outcome of the event, Dr. Rossano. But that's okay, though, since they skate for the U.S. of A, so hush hush, case closed. But as for Sotnikova, she was overscored in PCS and Kim underscored in PCS, so he needs to write about that in his Ladies recap. Neither of these ladies are from the U.S.If it was not clear before the start of the Games, the judges have reached consensus, if both teams skate their best, Davis & White win.
Getting back to the topic of discussion of this thread: Janet Lynn's "essay" was just migraine inducing and painful. The ambiguous reasoning behind some of the "points" made, and the terrible organization/structure of her particular essay made it hard to follow and overall was just bad. That was a terrible, terrible read of an essay. Also, I am not sure if her bold function on her computer was working properly when she was typing, but it was so inconsistent throughout her essay I did not know whether or not she was trying to start a new idea or thought. It really disrupts the train of thought. I doubt the USFS candidates are even taking that piece seriously, to be honest.
"Official" and "fan" are not mutually exclusive.
We all have our biases.
Officials are more likely to have additional knowledge about what goes on behind the scenes at the levels they have access to . . . which may stop short of International.
I don't think anyone who is affiliated as some kind of official for USFS can be writing articles like that. George Rossano is an obvious fan of U.S. figure skating, though, from what I can gather.
But thank you for pointing out, if, and a big *if*, he is part of USFS.
You should read my first post again. Or don't. Never mind.
I love how George Rossano did pieces on how the PCS is not marked properly and it was used as a tool to just rank skaters like ordinals. And in that article, he merely just repeats what PCS the dancers got and never went into any more detail like it was proper and correct. But not in the ladies event, where he talked about the overmarking and undermarking of skaters PCS. And his reasoning that since the judges put D/W ahead 3 times, so they have reached a consensus that unless they fall and the Canadians skate clean, D/W will win no question about it and that is okay and proper. I love the lovely way he starts that article about how it's all over for the Canadian ice dance couple
I am re-posting this article from George Rossano if anyone wants to read:
But I digress. Carry on.
All right, the fact that he didn’t get into detail and the fact that D/W represent US doesn’t look like a coincidence. Despite of that, can’t he be simply delusional instead of being dishonest?
As far as I know Dr. Rossano does not hold any executive office in the USFSA, nor is he seeking one. I believe that he has served as data operator at major competitions and is qualified to judge at various levels, but AFAIK does not judge at the championship level. He once wrote a pretty cool simplified version of the IJS point system that could be used at lower level events, but I don't know what became of that project. He is active in the local figure skating scene in California; I would expect that he might be a delegate to the USFS congress (?) He is also an experienced skating photographer and writer with a number of credits.
Like other interested folks, he has opinions about what's going on in the USFSA.
As for the USFSA election, I have no insider information but I would be very surprised if Mr. Pfenning's candidacy gains traction with the majority of the voting delegates. I expect (while reserving the right to be wrong ) that the recommended candidate of the USFSA official nominating committee will carry the day with little debate.
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As for the ladies, I do not think there was any such consensus before the event. If anything, the question was whether hard-charging Julia Lipnitskia had enough last-minute momentum to challenge Yuna Kim. The way the actual event unfolded -- to me at least -- was a surprise.