Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hardly surprising that controversy erupts at Sochi

From where I sit it looks like there is controversy over figure skating in the Olympics...


There is also skates, ice, fancy costumes and music. Is anyone surprised that there's whining about scores? As long as it's a judged competition there will be question marks about what happened. It's something that the world at large only really pays attention to every 4 years. But, there are always questions raised about judging. To a degree it's good that people aren't afraid to call out the judges and question whether marks are deserved. However, this is something that happens in all judged events. It's subjective. It could be the Olympics, summer or winter, the X-Games, even dog shows are judged. This is one person's opinion on what happened. I will give figure skating credit for trying to fix their system, sadly it will never be perfect. Until someone writes a computer program that can grade objectively there will be problems. However, to hear an athlete start griping about how she was screwed and finished 7th is amusing. I'm not an expert on figure skating, but if you aren't doing hard enough jumps don't be surprised if you don't win.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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