Monday, December 04, 2006

Dumbing down figure skating

I enjoy watching figure skating and have strong favorites I like to follow (sadly, I didn't know that the Ice Wars were on CBS the other day, and I missed what some say were Shizuka Arakawa's greatest skates--I've had to settle for watching them on YouTube). I probably know a little more about figure skating than the average person, but only a little. It is a complex sport, and even though I have a very good eye for the artistic half of it, I am just a laywoman when it comes to most of the technical aspect.

So I am disappointed that the Marshalls U.S. Figure Skating Challenge, which takes place next Sunday, is "scored" by the spectators. I know it's supposed to be "fun," but having people who do not truly understand the technical (and in some cases, the artistic) aspect of skating decide who wins a competition rubs me the wrong way. It's like when CNN has a poll asking people to determine complicated global or judicial decisions. Or like when the U.S. has an election.

7 Comments:

Hey, let's have people who have NO IDEA what they are watching, apart from its entertainment value, score a sports event! It manages to be both controversial and unbearably unfair for the skaters at the same time. How exciting! It's just like Dancing With the Stars.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:29 PM  

Bear in mind, the scores have nothing to do with Grand Prix totals. But I still think it's stupid.

By Blogger Diane, at 9:10 PM  

I'm with you.

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