The fragility of judging skating
Posted 15 February 2002 - 01:17 AM
Posted 15 February 2002 - 02:00 AM
Actually, when I first heard the report of what the French skating official had said (re: the judge's 'fragility'), I thought the official was actually trying to be some sort of whistle blower. It turns out he thought he was doing damage control (oops!) -- which actually makes this less film noir than black comedy. (Unless, of course, the Associated Press made it up, which would be an entirely different kind of scandal.)
As for the possibility of uncovering corruption in, of all things, the sport of ICE SKATING, I just keep waiting for someone to quote Claude Rains in Casablanca: "shocked, shocked [etc.]" Oh well, perhaps the judges are all friends of Ken Lay...
P.S. Re-read the above and decided to wimp out on my tone -- honest, I do feel for the athletes (all Olympic athletes)who make enormous sacrifices to be where they are. But I think the media is a little out of control on this one...and my reaction to this whole discourse of 'fragility' was very similar to the author of the article.
[ February 15, 2002: Message edited by: Drew ]
Posted 15 February 2002 - 06:36 AM
Posted 15 February 2002 - 12:55 PM
"That Russian boy tripped"? Astutely observed. If that's all the expertise needed to judge skating, well --
Posted 15 February 2002 - 12:59 PM
Posted 19 February 2002 - 10:50 AM
Posted 19 February 2002 - 01:21 PM
I swear on my Olympic media credential that I will not write about figure skating or anything to do with figure skating again -- and this includes ice dancing -- after tonight. But given that skating czar Ottavio Cinquanta, who has been on TV more this week than Bob Costas, held yet another news conference Monday, this one to announce a new scoring system for judges that should guard against cheating, I figured I owed it to you to come up with a scoring system of my own.
For example, any man who clutches a stuffed animal in the kiss and cry area while waiting for the judges' scores automatically has two-tenths of a point deducted from his total.
Any man who reminds me of Fabio, Milli or Vanilli is automatically penalized three-tenths of a point.
I'll Be the Judge of That!
I haven't had any nibbles to become a figure skating judge, and I thought sure I would, based on my demonstrable tendency to stress personal preference over actual performance, not to mention a quite legendary refusal to see both sides of any issue.
Posted 19 February 2002 - 02:54 PM
Posted 19 February 2002 - 02:55 PM
Posted 19 February 2002 - 03:44 PM
Posted 19 February 2002 - 04:21 PM
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