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Oh, thank goodness

Don't get me wrong, I'm all kinds of happy for Shen and Zhao, truly. Eighteen years, sacrifice, yadda yadda. And I do love them.

However, I have to confess to being happier for Pang and Tong, because sweet baby carrots, finally somebody tonight could actually SKATE THEIR FRELLING PROGRAM.

After five years you can't call it the new scoring system, because hi, five years, and everybody's used to it now.

But ye gods is it ill-conceived. Remember when it was supposed to FIX things? Yeah, setting it up so everybody crams in more elements than they can consistently physically do is a great improvement. Go, ISU! Argl.

No misgivings about Russia giving someone else a turn on the top of the podium for a change, but heartbroken for Kavaguti & Smirnov themselves. That was just...hard to watch. Though I'm grateful her blade didn't get any closer to his calf when she slipped off the back of that lift. That was scary.



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Feb. 16th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Seriously, I hate the new system. All the programs look the same. The judges still cheat. Plus you get points for putting in moves you can't actually do. Why should you get points for attempted skating? I think that if you fall on your butt, you should get no points. If you mess it up a bit but you're still standing, then there's a deduction. None of this "Well it was two-footed and under rotated but they'll take off points in the execution marks. Also, he gets pointed for that quintuple jump he claimed to be attempting."
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
THIS. All of this. SO MUCH.
Feb. 16th, 2010 05:52 am (UTC)
At a certain point I started going "... I think I've seen this program before? And this wipeout before in exactly the same spot?" BUT YES. PANG AND TONG. AWWWWWW. Howevs, I am super stoked for Shen and Zhao, because eeee, and lifetime achievement awards are OK in my world. :)
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! They are made of platinum-plated long-term awesome, and I'm totally happy for them.
Feb. 16th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Pang and Tong definitely skated the best last night, and their program was beautiful. Shen and Zhao's failed lift was VERY scary. I kind of think they should have gotten silver because of that failure, and considering how well Pang and Tong skated, but hey - I've disagreed with the ISU and the judges before. It's sort of tradition.

La Moskvina was beyond cold to poor Kavaguti. :C

The scoring system is still new to me, so I reserve the right to still call it "new". ;)
Feb. 16th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
La Moskvina was beyond cold to poor Kavaguti. :C

I know! The poor girl looked so utterly miserable. :-(
Feb. 16th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big follower of figure skating, the last time I really watched was when Todd Eldridge was still competing. I did watch last night though and do agree with your assessments. I'm glad Pang and Tong finally got their medal. I think a silver for a pair that had never gotten one must have been wonderful. I'm also happy that Shen and Zhao went out on top and can finally have a happy full time marriage. I had to turn away when I saw how bad things were going for Kavaguti and Smirnov, poor things. Pressure is a horrible thing but overcoming it and excelling under that pressure seems to be what defines a champion from an also ran.
Feb. 16th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Pressure is a horrible thing but overcoming it and excelling under that pressure seems to be what defines a champion from an also ran.

You, nail, head.
Feb. 16th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
I tell you, I was wondering if there is something in the water or ice last night after watching so many freaking people fall!
Feb. 16th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
We haven't seen the end of it, I'm sure. The points system just encourages too much risk.
Feb. 16th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Okay, I've just finished watching my recording of last night's Olympics events (since I go to work ridiculously early, I'm not staying up to watch it "live"), so now I can read your commentary....

What you said. Stupid scoring system that gives points for falling on your ass. Uh uh.

It always amazes me how many people fall on their asses during an Olympic performance. Are they attempting too high a degree of difficulty? Are they giving in to nerves? I dunno, but I think skating a smooth program should be more important than attempting (and blowing) difficult moves. But then, I also think artistry and skill should be more important than razzle-dazzle.

Oh, and that business of grabbing the blade is way overdone.
Feb. 16th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
But they get extra points for it, so they all do it. It looks so incredibly awkward in a death spiral especially. I just about cheered aloud at the two proper death spirals I saw.
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