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    If You Became a Fan During [insert system]...

    Whichever judging system was in place when you first became a figure skating fan, do you think you would have become a fan had the other system been in place at the time? There are many factors that go into whether we become fans or not (if we skate ourselves, who is skating on TV that we become captivated by, amount/quality of TV coverage, personal circumstances, etc). This is a hypothetical question, but I thought it would be interesting to bring up.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is not intended to be a discussion of "6.0/COP is better" but more a discussion of our habits, desires, and rationales as figure skating fans.

    So, let me start with myself: I became a fan in 1996 when Michelle Kwan emerged. Obviously, this was during 6.0 and also during the Terry/Dick/Peggy commentary days (with no YouTube/online options back then, I didn't have access to other commentators). As we know, Dick was quite an opinionated commentator but also quite knowledgeable. He would say whether a spin was centered, whether a skater had good extension or good positions. And of course he would point out the various types of jumps. I also grew up with Scott Hamilton's excitement during the Olympics and liked it (now I think it's OTT, but when you're young it keeps you engaged). 6.0 emphasized clean programs. Because Michelle was so consistent, I grew up thinking that it was easy to skate clean programs. I didn't start watching ice dance at all until B&A so I missed all the craziness of 6.0 ice dance judging. There was SO MUCH skating on American TV in the 1990s, including more fluff pieces/interviews. It was easy to remember that 6.0 was a perfect score but I never bothered to learn the intricacies of the system. I only knew that "the top 3 controlled their own destiny in the FS" because the commentators said so. I know way more about COP than I ever did about 6.0. (I'm older, the internet is available, COP is more quantifiable, protocols are readily available).

    With all this said, I don't think I would have become a new figure skating fan with COP in place. I recognized Patrick Chan's strong basics because of what I remember Dick Button saying for all those 6.0 years. By the time COP came along, I was already a fan so I just continued being a fan. I know enough about my own tastes now that I don't "need" the commentators as I once did. I was motivated to learn about COP because I was already a figure skating fan. TV coverage is nowhere near what it once was in the U.S. so it's not likely I would be watching any now if I hadn't been a fan since 6.0. Plus, no Michelle Kwan in COP.
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    Yes. I would be a fan under any system as long as there were skaters I liked watching. It took me awhile to understand COP, but not understanding didn't prohibit me from enjoying the skating.

    I watched very sporadically during the 6.0 era, before Youtube, so it was limited to what I saw on US tv. I liked Rudy Galindo, but most of the other US men after him were extremely boring (for my taste), so I paid no more attention until Johnny Weir became popular and started showing up on tv shows, in magazines, etc. By Vancouver I was very interested, and through Youtube I also got to know about Plushenko, Daisuke, Joubert, Lambiel, etc. and I was sold. Now they're all gone (well...maybe not Plushy ), but I found plenty of new skaters to love, so I will be a fan for the foreseeable future, at least.

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    I never really gave that much thought to be honest, I love to see skaters who get to my heart and entertain me, their score or what others think about them, doesn't matter to me. I have skaters who come 20th in a competition and yet I love them

    Personally I think the 6.0 time offered more freedom and art than the todays system, especially in the men's bracket.

    That said, Susanna was amazing with both systems and I believe a lot depends on the skaters personality as well. Finnish girls never disappoint me and no matter what judging system will come in the future, it will always be my favorite nation in FS Once the Fins decide to not skate anymore I will retire as well *laughs* or I switch to my second favorite Nation the Canadians!

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    It was the 6.0 when I became a fan.
    Anyway to answer your question: Yes, I would've become a fan even with COP (although I'm not a fan of COP, never was), because I love this sport.

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    I became a fan when I was a little girl. My mom and I used to watch figure skating when it was broadcasted on prime time. It was during the 6.0 era. I remember watching the rivalry between yagudin/plushenko. I also remember elvis stojko, michelle kwan, sacha cohen...

    I remember the 6.0 era, and I'm not old.

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    I... don't know? I'm a much bigger follower of FS today than I ever was under 6.0 (back then it was just Michelle Kwan for me, and maybe 'those two Russian guys' ). But I don't know if I would've become a fan if 6.0 hadn't laid the early groundwork for me. I can't even remember many of the performances I watched as a kid, but I came away with the impression, "Figure skating is beautiful."

    Would I have that same impression if I'd never watched 6.0 figure skating? I'm not sure. TV coverage isn't as good now. And if I didn't already have favourable thoughts about figure skating, perhaps I would've turned the TV off halfway through the Vancouver men's splatfest--never realizing the teenager with the Biellmann from SLC is still competing and turned in a good performance.

    Quote Originally Posted by skatingfan4ever View Post
    6.0 emphasized clean programs. Because Michelle was so consistent, I grew up thinking that it was easy to skate clean programs.
    This, pretty much. This is why I had such a favourite impression of FS--because the reigning queen always skated beautifully. But I think it's also why some people left--my own family members included. They got spoiled by too many clean performances.

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    I've been following skating as a major fanboy since 1984. I enjoyed the freedom and to see the good dancers in whatever discipline put out great programs.

    I can honestly say that if it was COP when I first turned the tube on, I would have turned it off. There is so little freedom, and splatfests are still able to place or even win. That never would have happened under 6.0.

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    I came in when it was already IJS. Funnily enough, my very first experience was Vancouver, and my very first major emotional reaction to skating was to yell "No! That's wrong!" at the TV when Plushenko's ranking came up after the FS.

    I think both systems have their flaws, and both systems have produced magic programs and great skaters. But I also think that it's only now that we're really seeing the first groups of skaters at the Senior level who were effectively raised under IJS - not ones who made the transition relatively late.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karne View Post
    I came in when it was already IJS. Funnily enough, my very first experience was Vancouver, and my very first major emotional reaction to skating was to yell "No! That's wrong!" at the TV when Plushenko's ranking came up after the FS.

    I think both systems have their flaws, and both systems have produced magic programs and great skaters. But I also think that it's only now that we're really seeing the first groups of skaters at the Senior level who were effectively raised under IJS - not ones who made the transition relatively late.
    Same here. I came to love the sport in 2010 when IJS was facing controversy over quads. I was mesmerised by Tessa and Scott in the Dance as well as Cheltzie Lee's SP to feeling good.
    When I began following, I really didn't care much about the scoring but what the skating made me feel but over time I learned the system and how it works to a great extent. It takes time though...for me it took three years to understand the system.

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    I started watch FS in tho 6.0 era and was interested only during the olymipcs. Then after an absence of about 10 years I started watching again from 2012. What hooked me though, was not the scoring system old or new, but the performances put out by Daisuke and Yuzuru at the 2012 Worlds. And after that other skaters caught my eye and I became a fan who watches most of the competitions including the junior ones.
    So it's not the system for me, it is the skaters.

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    I started watching fs in the 6.0 era. We always watched it during the winter Olympics, but 1988 Calgary was the turning point for us. We regret that we didn't follow the sport fully between 1984-1988, but there was no going back after 1988, when we started watching everything. I think I would still be a fan of the sport had I started with Cop, even though I still prefer the 6.0 system. It's more about the skaters for us.

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    This is how i found my love watching figure skating

    Before, I never knew what figure skating is, but I know Yuna and Mao asada because they were rivals based on the news but i never knew their skills and talent, i just knew that they're famous.

    And then I was bored watching my regular show and then turned the tv to winter olympics, It was already freeskate and skater no.14 was about to perform and I kinda thought this is kinda boring too lol same with skater no. 13

    And then I saw Mao asada, and I was thinking Hmm i thought this girl is like the contender of yuna kim? wasn't top skaters supposed to skate at the last group but heck I don't know anything about figure skating, so I watched her

    so as i was watching her, my feet started to feel cold and sweaty like I was part of the competition lol and at the end of her routine I was like wow, i never seen any performance like this and i'm not even a fan of figure skating but this girl mao
    just caught my attention. And so I finished the remaining competitors and had the same reaction with Carolina Kostner and yuna kim too. And I was initiated lol...

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    I became a fan during the 6.0 era (mid '90s) and followed till 2002 (then for various reasons I didn't watch anymore till Torino Olympics). But I was more a fan of some skaters and never tried to understand the 6.0 system or the different aspects of FS (I was young.. just watching because there were Kwan but especially Yagudin... ). Then I became a great fan again thanks to Asada and Kim, when we were already in the COP system. But this time I wanted to understand the things and now, with everything in my mind, I'm able to appreciate FS not just because of one skater.

    I know way more about COP than I ever did about 6.0. (I'm older, the internet is available, COP is more quantifiable, protocols are readily available).
    So, for me, the points system didn't affect my love for FS at all, but I feel that now, with the new system, TV commentators have to be more technical if they want people to understand this sport or the majority will never realize why a "non perfect" program can still win. For this reason I think that now their job is more difficult, they have a bigger and concrete role in spreading love for FS, they just can't stay there and talk about their emotions. But honestly I don't see this trend everywhere and it doesn't help.

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    I couldn't say I was a fan when I was small. I watched FS at home with my mother and to be fair I forgot most skaters of that era by the time I entered college. But well, I remember enjoying Kwan very much because she had special presence on ice. And 6.0 system was not that difficult to understand. I love Yagudin and Plushy ear since by that time I started to get more of what FS was.
    I has started more research in CoP at Vancouver, but still not enough to follow FS extensively (for example I didn't watch ladies, pair and ice dances much). But now I am trying to follow all disciplines.

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    I became a fan during the Nancy/Tonya debacle. It was mainstream news, but the actual skating is what caught my attention. I was hooked then and there. That was obviously during the 6.0 era, but I watched and paid attention as the COP was ushered in and it did throw me off for a year or two, but now it's just what I'm used to. I would definitely have become a fan under COP as well, I just love skating! I have never paid a whole lot of attention to dance until last year, so I'm just starting to understand how that is scored, but I'll get it over time

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