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Judging is always biased.

February 20, 2010

Any sport which has judging involved will have bias.  As Johnny Weir said, politics are involved.  “Human beings are being judged by human beings.”  So, I’m not at all surprised that people are criticizing Evan Lysacek’s gold medal win.  He won fairly based on the current judging system. Would he have won if all of the judges were Russian?  Of course not.  Would Canadian journalists be as critical if Patrick Chan had won instead? Of course not.  (How did they even find Elvis Stojko to get a response quote?)

The argument is that Plushenko is the better athlete because he did a quad jump.  Another valid argument is that Lysacek is the better athlete because he could do more jumps in the end of the program.  As the USA Today columnist points out, Plushenko needed frequent breaks (choreographed) during his program.

Figure skating isn’t just who can jump the highest or do the most turns.  If it were, judges would be unnecessary.  Of course, this brings us right back to the question of whether anything needing scores from judges should be considered a sport.

By they way, Johnny Weir put on the best show.  It was fabulous.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2010 3:20 pm

    My wife describes figure skating as such: jump, turn, spin, wave arms in air.

    Would it be as interesting without them waving arms in the air? Probably not.

  2. Michele permalink*
    February 22, 2010 3:50 pm

    You forgot “cover entire ice surface while twisting around like legs are made of spaghetti.”

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