Christine Brennan is a joke, but at least she did most of her figure skating sob sister act under 6.0, when all you needed to do was crawl up the behind of somebody in the sport (in Christine's case, Lori Nichol) and filter everything through that point of view. When Brennan actually tried to talk skating I believe fans set her straight and in her second book she'd been chastened and cleaned up her fast and loose act a bit.
Now Rosie has a tabloid style. Her personality type trends to the acutely sensitive and suspectible to flattery, and she's hostile and vicious when criticized unless there's a lot of apologetic preliminary bowing and scraping. She writes about female figure skaters as if they're characters in a soap opera. Her prose is so scathingly purple it vibrates.
Or maybe the color is green. (I'm imitating Rosie here with that paragraph break.)
This seldom, if ever, is a valid accusation on the internet but Rosie - u jellus?
Perhaps emboldened by SC's synchophancy, Rosie has decided she can actually make a sweeping assertion or seven about the actual skating part of figure skating, how it's judged, and how understandable or valid COP actually is. Did she actually become informed about this stuff? Are you kidding? Rosie doesn't get paid to do that. She gets paid to cut, paste and talk out her rear end.
So apparently she got emails (not from me). And responded with a buzz saw. Rosie you are going to lose this one. Go ahead, write about figure SKATERS. When you do, you are really telling the audience more about yourself and and how self-referential you can't help being, even subtextually, but hey, it gets attention. Steer clear of figure SKATING. There actually are regular people reading who know a whole lot more and are entitled to set you straight.