Sochi’s Strange Figure Skating Let’s talk about the strange figure skating we saw in the strange country, Russia. 1. Sudden appearance of “Team figure skating” Figure skating is a personal and an individual sport. Each athlete has his/her own choreography and coach, and trains separately in different parts of the world. The athletes don’t get to develop a feeling of solidarity and teamwork earned by training together. In the Team event, each individual athlete takes the trouble to show what was prepared for the single skating event. The same program, twice.
Troublesome for the athletes, dull for the audience. What is even more strange? An athlete chooses just one program to compete ? the short program or the free. Such absurd rules in the Olympics. Figure skating total scores come from an athlete’s Short + Free program scores. Ultimately, this is the result of countries with skating powers to take home another medal by introducing an ill-matched “Team” competition to figure skating. 2. Talks of colluding right from the start. Immediately after the team even, an article is published about a vote-swapping deal between two countries. The singles competitions haven’t even started yet. The involved countries deny the allegations But clouds of suspicion are already raised in many. Singles competitions starts off with a strange atmosphere 4 Competitions could not escape the air of collusion. The highlight of collusion ? Ladies Figure Skating! Collusion, home cooking, play manipulation
All came together in one big mass and exploded
Decorating the finale of the Sochi Scandal. Figure skating in Sochi will be remembered as a disgrace that started off and ended with collusion. 3. Iceberg Skating Palace ? a soccer field? Figure skating requires extreme concentration and mind control.
Therefore, figure skating rinks are always quiet and calm for the athletes. But, watching the Sochi figure skating programs… you’d think you are at a soccer game. Drums and vuvuzelas Crowd shouting out “Russia”, stamping their feet, waving their flag at all times. Crowd laughing at an athlete who fell after a jump mistake All athlete’s hard training and dedication, gone up in smoke. It is every athlete’s dream to compete in the Olympics. The rude manners of the Sochi crowd played a part in destroying this dream. An announcement for the audience to keep quiet during Short Track Was the PA system broken during Figure Skating? 4. Skyrocketing of Russian athletes’ scores Soaring home advantage Home advantage has always existed in past figure skating events and it was nothing compared to what happened in Sochi. With an unimaginable rise in scores, Russia easily took home the Team gold medal. The movement to hand out medals to Russians continues in other games. Silver in Pairs Bronze in Ice Dancing Gold in Ladies Single With home cooking, Russia succeeds at collecting various medals. Despite all the effort, Russia couldn’t take home a medal in the Men figure skating after a surprise withdraw of a Russian skater 5. Surprise entrance of a “rival” after the start of the Olympics A young skater who wasn’t in hiding, who we’ve seen all season Has been made a rival to the defending champion after gross home advantage score rise in the Team event. Now everyone says she is Yuna Kim’s new rival.
The standards of figure skating officials must somehow get lowered when in Russia! After the short program and the sudden rival collapses on her own, A substitute rival is made. Irrational scores are given out and she is made the gold medalist at any cost. Does the Olympics just give out gold medals after a personal best? Because it is admirable?
Even though it wasn’t even a clean program? The Olympic gold medal is not a “feel-good” reward given out at children’s competitions. Russia, ISU, IOC!
Can you honestly be proud of this gold medalist?
Then why were you afraid to send her off to the World Championships 2014? 6. Ladies figure skating, Russian gold fixed from the start. Originally, the gold medal was arranged for the young athlete who leaped to stardom after winning the gold in the Team event. But after the falls in the short program, A second rival appears. After the short program, 3 athletes in decimal points away from each other. Everybody realized after this ? that the gold has already been arranged to be awarded to Russia! The judge allocations in the Free program was the last step to Russia’s fix. An unsurpassed skyrocketing of PCS in figure skating history A never-before-seen parade of +2, +3 GOEs Judges personally handed the gold medal to the Russian athlete. Only if Russia would have been satisfied with a silver, such scandal would never have started. From now on, any athlete from the hosting country can be easily made into the champion, as long as the athlete comes from a powerful country. Because all rules crumbled away in Sochi. 7. Personages in figure skating … All liars? Everyone said, “If Yuna Kim delivers a clean program, it’s got to be gold” “A perfect Yuna Kim is unbeatable” Sotnikova had one more triple jump than Kim
Kim had one more double jump than Sotnikova
A difference of one spin.
Just from the quality of executions, Kim would have easily been the winner. But after the results,
Everyone repeats “Sotnikova, 7 triple jumps” like idiotic parrots As soon as you argued “7 triples”, you have proven yourself to be an idiot.
Figure skating results are not decided by counting triple jumps.
Were you counting the number of triple jumps when you were watching the games before, when you were commentating? They are lying, making up excuses, desperately trying to justify the Ladies single results from Sochi. 8. Distorted report ? for whom? You can express support, criticism or neutrality with regards to the Sochi results A certain press in the USA is hard at work, distorting the jump and spin comparisons between Kim and Sotnikova. Delivering twisted truth is extremely irresponsible, as it can plant a wrong understanding in many minds. What is the reason behind trying to justify Sotnikova’s gold by distorting the facts? We’ve discussed the strange figure skating in the strange Russia
How will figure skating in Sochi be remembered in the future?