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I hate the new system for scoring Ice Skating. Obviously the need to change something after the last Olympics was great. But, I'm just not sure they got it right. Watching the men it seemed it was all about who could do the most jumps instead of who could do the best program.

I have nothing against the men who can jump and who jump well. I just don't think it's right that you can do a <insert name of jump here> and fall, but still get points for the jump since you did the rotations. If you don't land it, you don't land it. It's like Ice Hockey, if the puck doesn't go into the net you don't get the points.

Thoughts?

=) Megan
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What you object to is that the scoring system rates the performance as the sum of its parts rather than looking at the whole. Individually, Plushenko accomplished his elements with technical brilliance. But artisticly, he has the ice passion of a clam. The Canadian who won Silver had beautiful composition but was not as strong technically. The scoring system favors the technical over the composition and that is why Plushenko won with such ease. I am sure he is a nice guy, but I would not look to him for an emotional relationship.

Fuskie
Who was particularly perturbed that he didn't even show emotion as his National Anthem was played on the medal stand, as if this was just another event for him to get through...
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What you object to is that the scoring system rates the performance as the sum of its parts rather than looking at the whole.

That's true, but it's ice skating, not ice jumping. You know what men's ice skating reminds me of. Men's gymnastics floor routine. It's great to see all the spectacular tricks, but something has to tie them all together.

The scoring system favors the technical over the composition

I'm under the impression that both have equal rate, you can be awarded up to 100 points for each. Is that not right? Or is it just that the technical stuff is easier to rate and score than the artistic portion?

=) Megan
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QASteph made a great post on this board regarding the scoring, here's a link: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23700437&recscode=2

=) Megan
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I'm under the impression that both have equal rate, you can be awarded up to 100 points for each. Is that not right? Or is it just that the technical stuff is easier to rate and score than the artistic portion?

Technically, yes. But when your artistic impression is based on your overal performance but you are only being looked at for each element, the big picture gets a little lost.

Fuskie
Who notes they call it Composition now instead of Artistry...
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There is still room aplenty for BS in the program components scores, which includes all the old artistic stuff plus technical basics which are too small to warrant technical points by themselves. Plushenko won the men's by over 20 points, but definitely got overscored in at least a couple of the program components categories. A more realistic score would have left him winning by 5 or 6 points. He has in the past done programs which would have warranted the scores he got Thursday, but this one was not that good. There was no program to speak of outide of the technical stuff, so he had to be seriously overscored on a couple of the less technical categories. He stll deserved the gold, but it was not the blowout that such scores imply it was. Some of those points were reputation points, plain and simple.
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He has in the past done programs which would have warranted the scores he got Thursday, but this one was not that good.

In fact, he has, in the past, done *this* program well enough that it warranted well, if not those component scores, something only slightly lower. He's been doing the same one for 2 years. I don't think that it is my familiarity with it that made his Olympic long program seem somehow lacking. It just wasn't as well done as I've seen it.
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