I just read one of the most telling interviews anyone has ever had with a judge since the inception of the code of points judging system (Thank you Blazing Blades)!
Tony Wheeler sat down with Patrick Ibens who is a ISU Figure Skating Judge who has sat on several judging panels including the Men's panel in Vancouver. Read this interview...shocking!
So in my discussions with a couple of people in Vancouver I have learned that the judges can be 'greasy scoundrels' as I put it but who could have imagined that many are just downright incompetent! The fact that judges who are improperly trained can 'hide' in those safezone corridors of marks is unbelievable.
The ISU has got to change business as usual here! What is with judges getting 'assessments' if they are outside the safezone. That explains why a skater such as Tugba Karademir gets lower scores versus skaters who skate later in a competition who perhaps perform an element at the same level of competency. Why would a judge risk giving a skater a deserved mark if it means they could be penalized, reprimanded, or even dismissed? God forbid we give a skater a deserved mark. This is a shocking revelation in the scoring system and needs to be addresses now...right now!
Interesting how making the judges anonymous has solved nothing as far as mark-fiddling or coercion from federations. If anything, it makes it easier to veil these attempts and harder to discover fraud as it is happening.
The ISU has to fix this somehow or I'll be the first person to advocate the removal of figure skating from the Olympics! The IOC should put pressure on the ISU because honestly this is just a joke. I'm a fan of drastic measures...people tend to perk up and listen.
A judge shouldn't be penalized for marking outside of a prescribed zone. If someone in the first group skates well, then they should absolutely be rewarded for it, safezone corridor be damned!
The idea that their is national allegiance associated with judges has been a problem for far too long. We may be at the point where Federations should not be allowed to nominate judges but rather the ISU just have a trained pool of trained and qualified judges randomly selected with no attachment to nations whatsoever. Member federations would probably have a cow about this and there is no guarantee judges still wouldn't have national allegiance but it's a start.
Will any of these judges stand-up for these skaters who are pouring their heart and souls out there on the ice and stop trying to cover their own rear end?