What people don’t understand about Sochi Scandal is that the real issue is not about who won gold or who won silver.
The issue is an arbitrary judging.
In Sochi Scandal, the ISU’s message is simple: the ISU or the judges will be the one who determines the winner, regardless of who is the best skater or the best performer of the day.
According to the NBC sport the South Korean Olympic Committee has recently filed an official complaint to the ISU(International Skating Union) to inquire of the legitimacy of the figure skating judging panel and its conduct in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Now what will the ISU do?
The ISU’s next move is obvious. They will deny any allegation saying that there was no error in Sochi judging; and no willful or manipulative move in that judging.
That’s not surprising, or is that?
But the problem is as long as the ISU refuses to acknowledge the Sochi fraud, figure skating cannot function the way it did.
The sport is virtually dead.
The only thing the ISU can do to revive the sport is to reverse the 2014 Sochi Olympics result in the ladies event.
If the judges can’t distinguish in PCS Yuna Kim from Adelina Sotnikova, the PCS scoring gap between Sotnikova and other skaters, who ranked even 10th or 11th in that competition, become invalid. There is no or little justification of favoring Sotnikova in PCS against those skaters if that holds effect.
The ISU’s problem is that the COP system has been tied with Yuna Kim. Under Kim’s tenure the scoring system itself was successfully stabilized as an accurate yardstick that critically quantified and reflected skaters’ performance, because Kim’s skating was the ideal rendition of Janet Lynn’s vision that had laid out the foundation of modern figure skating forty years ago.
There was no mystery or borderline obscurity between what is good and excellent; or superior skating and inferior; or technical excellence and deficiency, that is, there always has been aesthetic logistics, explainable and persuasive, based on which skaters can proceed their own training in order to make themselves better and more competitive.
In other words, judging scores showed the weight of relevance, quantifiable and measurable, so that skaters can invest their training and play on their advantage or find a way of minimizing their weakness in competition.
The games were open-ended competitions. Of course, the results were not always free from debate or complaint but almost never lacked of legitimacy.
Now everything depends on the wantonness of judges who see the sport as a means of their political gain, believing that they are wearing an invincible robe – a mad tyranny – which opens an era of arbitrary judging as shown in Sochi.
Now people are asked to cheer for their winner in that pre-scripted event in which it is impossible for skaters to compete without making themselves accessory to those fraudulent shows.
Figure skating is on the verge of mutating like pro-wrestling in which scripted performances are put out for the entertainment with a showmanship of affectation.
In Sochi, we saw the phantom of scripted figure. A global show in which the winner had been already determined before the game would start. The difference from the pro wrestling would be their winner in fact partially has to do some work to give a room for the judges to make it look more legitimate.
Then a question is, why do we send skaters to that kind of pre-scripted show?
So you tell me why Adelina Sotnikova is so much better than Gracie Gold. Let us say she might have some advantage, but how much?
Just take a look at the two’s performances in the 2013 Worlds. And in Sochi, let us say Sotnikova edged out Gold, but how much? And how do they come to that scoring gap, and how can I explain to Gracie Gold about the scoring gap and what strategy shall I have to advise her so that she may be a better skater and possibly have a hope for a medal when she deserves it in the future?
Nothing. Virtually nothing, unless the US federation hosts a game in our soil and bully the judges to mark Gold or Wagner the way we want.
Now do you call it sport? Or are we saying that figure skating is better than pro-wrestling?
In the pro-wrestling, there are some fun and swaggering entertainment. More importantly there is no affectation; you are all part of that goofy pageantry.You enjoy it.
In figure skating? A grand mockery that insults human intelligence and sanity, that which glorifies barbaric chauvinism and politics.
People think I was rhetoric when I sentenced the death of figure skating, but I wasn’t. The ISU reached the point of no return. The ISU’s unethical management of the sport deserves indictment. It is a time for the US federation to consider a boycott against the ISU events in the future.