Feb 2, 2008
Thank you for your brilliant explanation! I have been so tired of everyone getting down on Evan. It is nice to hear from someone who understands the new scoring system! (Feb 11, 2008 | post #4)
Nationals was such a disaster for Kimmie, how much worse could it get? I think her mindset will be better because she has made a move in a positive direction and hopefully that will help her confidence. (Feb 7, 2008 | post #14)
I agree...when someone starts skating at 5 or 6, the odds that the coach they choose will be able to see them through an entire career, let alone at the elite level, is slim to none. Undoubtedly this was a hard decision for Kimmie and it sounds as if she and her former coach parted on good turns. As for the snide comments...sounds like jealousy to me. (Feb 6, 2008 | post #10)
It will be interesting to see what happens. I hope she does well at worlds, but since that is rapidly approaching I think any major improvement won't be seen until next season. I just hope that all three girls on the world team are able to secure those same three spots for next year's team. Bebe isn't known for consistency and Ashley doesn't have much experience. (Feb 5, 2008 | post #5)
While I certainly understand everyone's frustration with the new scoring system, I think we also have to admit it is a huge stride in the right direction as compared with the old 6.0 system. With the old system bias was rampant and "lifetime achievement" points were awarded frequently. At least there is a monitored system where every element is judged and given a base mark by a technical specialist. I have to wonder if everyone is having a hard time with Evan's win because we are still used to the old method where two clean skates were more important than two difficult ones with a few bobbles. The fact is, Evan had a lot more difficulty on his spins and footwork. Johnny made it look better, but Evan was awarded for his difficulty in every minute detail. (Feb 3, 2008 | post #2)
I am an adult figure skater too. I started in college, but now that I have a family my skating is pretty much limited to watching it on TV. I'm glad that I spent the time training that I did, though, because I feel like I understand the new judging system and some, if not all, of its technicalities. Do you skate competetively or just for fun? (Feb 2, 2008 | post #17)
You missed my point...what I meant was that I doubt anyone has it out for Johnny or Tannith and Ben or anyone else for finding a system that works for them. There are plenty of Asian skaters in the US and Canada training with US and Canadian coaches. If the russian system works for him then that is great. (Feb 2, 2008 | post #16)
Clearly you missed quite a lot of the televised quotes from Johnny. He was so bold as to say that he was hands down the better skater and that if they both skated their best, he would win. Obviously not the case as Johnny skated well and Evan had a few mistakes, but his content was superior enough to earn him the championship. As for the Russian thing, who cares? Nobody is debating the use of Russian coaches and I could care less if Johnny thinks Russian culture is fabulous. Thinking it doesn't make him a better skater. (Feb 2, 2008 | post #9)
So you are a former champ of what exactly? (Feb 2, 2008 | post #6)
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