Friday, February 19, 2010

Elvis - Tell Us What you Think

Elvis Stojko is not impressed with men's figure skating. (Personally, I cannot myself bother to watch it.)
How can you be Olympic champion when you don’t even try the quad? If you’re going to take the quad out, why not take out another triple axel and just have more of the other stuff so the International Skating Union can make it more into an “art” recital.
And the judges’ scoring probably killed figure skating because kids now are going to see this and say, “Oh, I don’t need a quad. I can just do great footwork for presentation marks and do a couple of nice spins and make it to Olympic champion.” With that type of scoring, you don’t have to risk it. You can play it safe and win gold.
In what other sports do you have to hold back in order to win?
Man that last question is compelling; the things I have so enjoyed so far in the Olympics have been insane and determined decisions not to hold back. Vonn, Mancuso, Bilodeau, Ricker, ...
Figure skating gets no respect because of outcomes like this. More feathers, head-flinging and so-called step sequences done at walking speed – that’s what the system wants.
Elvis, please don't hold back. Tell us what you really think.


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