On the other hand, what response would we expect Cinquanta to make?
Critics: Hey, Ottavio, you're a scum bag, why don't you kill yourself?"
Cinquanta: "You make some good points. I'll take it up with the Council."
What does it matter what his response is? If he were a good leader, and the sport were clean and successful, he wouldn't be receiving these questions and protests in the first place.
Such a hypocrisy when even a slight hint against certain minorities results in a big outcry. While judging the whole nation is quite normal. Well, what am I doing here, anyway?....
Sam if it makes you feel any better it goes both ways! Some people can't even criticize the Sochi farce without being labeled Russian-haters, even when it's not true. I was one of the few Sotnikova proponents here pre-Olympics, and was quite sad that the entire Olympic experience got ruined by the figure skating scandal. Before the rigged results ruined everything for me, I was enjoying the games and the ceremonies. Now that's all gone, unfortunately.
I don't think many skaters or coaches would want a return to 6.0.
Skaters & their coaches get so much more detailed marking & feedback under the protocol sheets in the new system compared to the old one. While there are problems with it, and while there is inflation and bias, it at least can be examined in the protocols - element by element, and level by level.
If I like any particular skater, then it doesn't have to do with his/her nationality. You think I am anti-Russians? Look at my ava.
I was just saying: I am against the idea of "throwing out all the Russians" even though I am not pro-Russian.
Wow, throw out Russia? Let's throw out one of the few places where figure skating still matters! That's really going to help the sport's popularity! (And I can only shake my head if anyone believes a) only Russians cheat b) throwing out Russia would fix a darn thing).
EDIT: @Mathman--the problem is, if FS becomes too audience-unfriendly, it might die. (I'm not saying this will happen because of COP--just making the point that skaters and coaches probably prefer their sport having more exposure rather than less. Better to be the controversial silver medalist in a big sport than the gold medalist in some unknown sport.)