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Questions, accusations overshadow
figure skating results

Associated Press, by Barry Wilner

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Posted By:earlybird, 2/21/2014 8:28:01 PM

SOCHI, Russia — Leave it to figure skating and judging, where winning can be obscured by whining. Any sport without a finish line or clock or some definitive standard is subject to skepticism about the results. It has happened at the Olympics before, and now it´s happened at Sochi after Adelina Sotnikova skated away with the gold medal, the first for a Russian woman in the individual event.(Snip)Under the current points system, adopted after the judging scandal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Sotnikova, 17, did exactly what she needed to come out on top.

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As clear and concise an explanation of why Sotnikova won as you´ll find anywhere. Points. She won more points. Read it.

I watched all 24 of the short programs. She was a standout there. And then I watched the top ten or so free skating programs. I´d have given her the gold.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: watashiyo, 2/21/2014 9:12:01 PM     (No. 9741780)

Malarky. Read what? Fixed scorings? The only class act was displayed by Yuna, the silver medalist. Accepted the results very gracefully.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mildred, 2/21/2014 9:26:03 PM     (No. 9741795)

I think they throw out the high and the low scores. Perhaps the only way to make it more honest is to not allow the judge from the skater´s country to be a judge for that skater. As I said before in another post, I prefer the beauty of the artistry as part of the musical presentation instead of the race from one end of the rink to the other for a points-driven jump at each end. I know medals are important but success in life is more than one contest. All the skaters (and participants in other sports) are fantastic young people and I know I am proud of all of them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: F16 guy, 2/21/2014 10:19:04 PM     (No. 9741843)

Subjective judging is always the weak link in competitive sports.





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Reply 4 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/21/2014 10:27:00 PM     (No. 9741850)

My amateur opinion is that Adelina was clearly the winner.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/21/2014 11:21:08 PM     (No. 9741891)

Some may say malarkey, but the information on the current scoring system and how/why Adelina won is all there in black and white.

There are nine judges. The notion that they all chose her fraudulently is not plausible. Especially when those who care about facts inform themselves as to how the skaters are now graded.

"Adelina collected more points. That is really the only way you can describe it," Hamilton said. "If you look at Yuna of the past, this was not a program as difficult as she has done, and she left the opportunity for someone to collect points on that side of the scoring.

"It may not have been as beautiful as Yuna and Carolina, but under the rules and the way it works, she did all that. ... I think it was a just strategy that worked on the night."

It was a strategy based not so much on artistry but on technical superiority. Nothing in the rules says the program must be an artistic masterpiece.


Personally, I was prepared for something more from Kim. Her lack of energy and her mournful demeanor were a turnoff. Adelina was joyous. The only thing I didn´t like was her drab costume. The red one she wore for the short program was simple and stunning.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: annie xango, 2/22/2014 12:13:37 AM     (No. 9741910)

Johnny Weir and Tara explained it this evening..Hopefully, that should help tamp down the fires...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: msjena, 2/22/2014 12:23:39 AM     (No. 9741915)

Points--points given based on subjective opinions about things like performance/excution, interpretation, choreography--the second mark. It wasn´t the technical score that was a travesty, it was the program component score. No way is this young Russian--who has never stood on the World podium or ever won any other major event--better at these components than Yuna Kim--or Carolina Kostner or Mao Asada for that matter.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ladyhawke, 2/22/2014 1:54:00 AM     (No. 9741928)

The Italian should have won. If you read the other article with a technical mind it is clear that judges can still collude. the top and low scores are thrown out. So the wife of the head of Russian figure skating (a judge for this event) and another over rate the Russian - one of the two scores will count. They under rate the competition and one of the low scores will count.

Exuberance is not and should not be judged. If so, the USA competitors should have been judged higher.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lalo, 2/22/2014 3:00:54 AM     (No. 9741935)

I too would´ve been happy if the Italian Carolina had won. She had both the jumps/difficulty and the aesthetics. Apparently the technical aspects receive too much weight in the system though and Adelina was strongest there. As for the American girls, Ashley overshadowed her nice technical performance with those self-congratulatory histrionics at the end. Gracie looked perfect for a skater, and her skating is wonderful; maybe next year.

The Korean Yuma had it all - gorgeous costume, grace, possibly the most beautiful performance and, to me, the best choice of music - everything but the tougher jumps, unfortunately, and her fans need to get over it. They are still griping.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: StuartL, 2/22/2014 3:31:27 AM     (No. 9741936)

The Americans -- Gold, Edmunds, and Wagner, in that order -- will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. Meanwhile, Kim´s and especially Kostner´s long-program performances offered the best blend of the technical, musical, and aesthetic elements of the sport and art. IM(NS)HO.

And ... I shouldn’t say this, but part of me was very pleased that Lipnitskaya – the smug little Russian rubber robot – didn’t make the podium.

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