If Quads Don’t Mean Much in Men’s Figure Skating, then Why Not Tear Down Gender Barriers?

Everyone who watches men’s figure skating pretty much knows by now that Evgeni Plushenko has said the quadruple jump is the future of men’s figure skating. A few egotistical judges, who self-appointed themselves to be the judge of that, rewarded Evan Lysacek with the Winter Olympics gold. Supposedly, Evan’s his triple jumps and graceful artistry while dressed like a grease ball in a black jump suit with sparkles was superior to the ultimate ice showman’s quads and other skills.

The main defense of Evan’s gold being fair and legit is that this is the new scoring system (see summary below the poll).

OK. Let’s theoretically accept that is correct for a few moments.

If so, then why not tear down the gender barrier and have the ladies compete with the men?

Queen of the Triple Axel, Mao Asada of Japan

20 of the 24 male figure skaters at the Olympics level didn’t do a triple Axel. Rod Black and Tracey Wilson cited on CTV during Olympics exhibition gala broadcast. Meanwhile, Mao Asada of Japan, the Queen of the Triple Axel, can do them like crazy. She did three in her free skate! That gives her a pretty good chance at 4th place right off the get go, She can do other jumps and combinations like the men. And who’s going to tell me her artistry and grace is worse than any of the men?

So if some of the ladies can jump better than most of the men, and they’re more graceful and artistic, what chance would Evan Lysacek have for the gold if he competed against them?

He’d get bronze, at best, with stiff competition from Johnny Weir. Top two spots would be contended by Mao Asada and Yu-Na Kim of South Korea. Mao only got silver… and not because she was a jumper and not artistic, either. She was elegant, skilled and graceful. She was just beaten by a better skater on the night. Both were beautifully artistic and graceful, having great footwork and covering the ice at least as good as the men, and could jump better than many!

So under this new scoring system, if you could get away with winning on triple jumps and rely on footwork and artistic impression to win, then let’s get the women a chance to skate with the men. Let them show Evan what that’s really all about, cause artistic grease balls in black jump suits with sparkles ain’t doing the trick for me to watch the sport.

Get a few girls who can kick some guy butts? Now you’re talking! 😉

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 8.4

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The New Figure Skating Scoring System

The International Skating Union introduced a new scoring system that took effect internationally in the 2005 season. It is intended to shift focus away from the judges and onto the skaters.

Judges
The system is designed to allow judges to focus on the quality of each element performed and the five program components. It also eliminates the scoring of skaters in relation to other skaters.

Referee
Oversees the judges to make sure they follow the proper procedure

Technical specialist
Identifies each element as the skater performs it

Technical controller
Supports technical specialist

Assistant technical specialist

Program components

  • Transitions
  • Interpretation
  • Choreography/composition
  • Skating skills
  • Performance/execution of elements

Grade of execution
Awarded on a scale of up to plus or minus three points

Base value
Each technical element has a pre-assigned base value

Program component score
Sum of points awarded for each of five components; points given on a scale from 0.25 to 10

Technical score
Each element performed receives a base value plus a ìgrade of executionî

Total score
Seven of the nine judges are randomly and anonymously selected by computer. Scores of the other two judges are thrown out.

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Joannie Rochette Delivers BEST Moment of Olympics So Far with Short Program Skate

Canadian female figure skater Joannie Rochette has delivered a personal best short program skate in the BEST moment of the Olympics so far, by a long shot (CTV Video).

Just three days ago, on Feb 21, Joannie was getting ready for the biggest competition of her life, the Olympics on her home soil. That was when her Father had to go to the Olympic Athletes’ Village and tell her that her Mother Therese passed away suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 55 (CTV).

It would have been easy for Joannie to withdraw. However, she drew herself together and delivered a gutsy and emotional short program of her life tonight in front of a packed house of her fellow Canadians. Joannie skated a clean short program to the famous tango, La Cumparsita, by Gerardo Hernando Matos Rodriguez.

It was her first competition skate without her Mother.

The skate was excellent, earning her 71.36 points. However, considering the circumstances, is one of the greatest and inspirational skating performances you will ever see. I was in tears the whole way through just watching, right when she posed to start, never mind doing as she was! Joannie understandably burst into tears after it was over, and is still in tears now as I write 10 minutes later. So brave, yet so heart touching.

We’re all so proud of you, Joannie… almost as much as your Mother is right now.

Joannie currently sits third overall after the short program.

Best of luck Thursday night in the free skate, Joannie. We’ll all be watching and our hearts will be with you.

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Joannie Rochette has a big 6.5 point gap on fourth place Japanese Miki Ando. Mao Asada of Japan sits in second and Yu-Na Kim of South Korea is in first after just a dazzling skate. This was my first time seeing her skate and she stunned me, though did not move me anywhere near Joannie did, of course. Yu-Na Kim calls herself that way, in case you were thinking it was Kim Yu-Na. She calls herself that. It’s good enough for me!

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Reading Level: 6.9

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