If the ISU had saved all the money it spent on the new judging system and instead directed it toward educating judges and suspending corrupt or incompetent judges, the complex new system would have been unnecessary, some said.
"People [in the ISU] weren't prepared to do that," one judge said. "It wasn't going to be supported, because [ISU president Ottavio] Cinquanta wanted a big splash."
Last November, French coach Muriel Zazoui discovered that a result cannot be changed even if technical controllers or specialists incorrectly assess an element or assign it the wrong level of difficulty. According to Canadian Ted Barton, who helped develop the new system, the assessment is a field-of-play call and sports arbitrators do not interfere with decisions made during a sporting event.