Has the concept of the short program outlived its usefulness? To me, the short program is just a long program -- only shorter. I understand that there are various rules about certain elements that must be completed, but under CoP judging you have to put in all those elements anyway to get a decent score.
As I understand it, originally the SP was supposed to be the "technical" program. Yet in practice the SP has less technical content than the LP, plus you still get marks for interpretation, choreography, etc., just like for the long.
What got me thinking about this was Hockeyfan's observation on another thread that the main difference between the cheesefests and the Grand Prix events -- other than the fact that the cheesefests pay better and attract the big names -- is that the SP is not contested in the cheesefests.
Do we need the SP at all any more? Maybe we should just have championships contested by two programs over three or four days, without two sets of rules for the short and long. Or maybe the SP should be replaced by a jumping contest.