What are the chances that C/B get into the GPF?
On March 22 at the world championships in Nagano, Japan, the judging panel awarded the bronze medal to Israel by the smallest of margins, a 5-4 decision. The Lithuanian team, which finished fourth, believed it deserved third place -- as did some three dozen fellow competitors, coaches and observers who signed an unusual petition saying the bronze medal was "not justified" and "unfairly awarded."
Interviews with the nine judges on the panel, as well as with the event referee and assistant referee, ISU officials and representatives from Lithuania and Israel, offer a glimpse inside the sport's judging system, which has come under scrutiny and attack even from the judges themselves in recent weeks and threatened to further erode the credibility of the sport.
Three judges on the ice dance panel say the decision that gave Israel's Galit Chait and Sergei Sakhnovski third place ahead of Lithuania's Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas was grossly in error and may have been the result of judging misconduct. The American, French and German judges -- two of whom burst into tears when the results were announced -- contend that the event was erroneously judged or outright fixed.
"Were these things prearranged?" said U.S. judge Sharon Rogers, one of the four judges on the nine-judge free dance panel who ranked the Lithuanians ahead of the Israelis. "Of course they were. This kind of stuff is planned months in advance. What do you do about it? . . . These people aren't going to talk. It's not going to happen. . . . [The fact that] it came right on the heels of the Olympic scandal, that is brazen. It tells me they believe they can act with impunity."
Your guess is as good as mine. Apparently, some decisions in the past were 'cooked' to have the preferred results.
Do you really want to stab Madison with a needle? Because she used to design her dresses herself, and, as far as I know, she still designs them. Probably someone else sews them, but we can't really blame the seamstress for Madison's ideas, can we?Madison is so beautiful that she would look good in a garbage bag but whoever made that dress should be stabbed with the needle they used to make it...
Congrats to Madison and Evan on their silver! Not so sure about either costume of Maddie's, but for now I want to just bask in the happiness of their medal!
Funny that Sharon Rogers is the one quoted when so many skating fans have been taking her scores to task this past season when she scored Virtue/Moir low on skating skills and other PCS categories compared to other judges and made sure the American teams were always close to them in the events she scored. Many thought her scores were a blatant act of nationalism.