Oh, Ant, how can you say that! For me, this is not only the first time I cared anything about the men, but it is also the first time that I was interested not just in the gold medal, but in placements all the way down. Will Van der Perren make the top six? Does Li have a legitimate chance at the podium? Will the judges give extra rewards (in the PCSs) to skaters who do quads, or will they go strictly by the book?Originally Posted by antmanbWhat with the random draw and all, folks will have to start being more creative. How about a Russo-Italian alliance? Speedy and the ISU apparatus supports Totmianina and Marinen for gold, and the Russian federation and its allies push for Carolina Kostner for silver at the expense of the American and Japanese ladies. A win-win deal!Originally Posted by Ptichka
JanetB, I think what people are mostly referring to when they say that Irina was held up is not that she didn't deserve to win, but that the judges liked her technical performance so much that they automatically gave her high component scores across the board, without following the judging protocols about what constitutes outstanding "interpretation," "choreography," etc.
This criticism is made of the New Judging System generally, however, not just with respect to Irina.
BTW, I read recently that the ISU plans to use the Nebelhorn Trophy in the fall to test the idea of having separate juging panels for the technical scores (GOEs) and the program component scores. Many people think this is a step in the right direction.