Before I start, I want to link this again. Skatinganalysts blog.
If anybody in media ever visits the dubemoir blog, there is no excuse to not read skatinganalysts blog. It's linked on the side bar too.
The media doesn't understand technique? I'm sure the usual suspects want to, or they wouldn't be writing about figure skating year after year. Now they can understand technique. They can go there and read about it, with on point gif and video illustrations created from video of Davis White's and Virtue Moir's 2013-2014 performances, and performances from many more, accompanied by clear citations to the relevant rules that governed the scores they receive. You will see how little relationship there is to how DW were scored and what they actually did and didn't do on the ice.
Unless the skating itself - the technique of it, the skill of it, doesn't actually interest them, which can't possibly be it. They're professionals.
Here's an illustration of Charlie's wonderful back outside exit edge on the first choctaw in the Olympic team event free dance at the beginning of the diagonal step sequence. They got level 4.
|That's not a flat from Charlie. That's skating while|
For now, I'm linking Davis White versus embedding. The embed issue now is, I uploaded the Davis White video onto veoh myself, and did not upload the Virtue Moir video, but the embed code still embeds the Virtue Moir video with a Davis White link slugged below the video. Same thing when I embed from canadablue's veoh. I don't know why that is, as I uploaded to veoh from a daily motion download, not by downloading canadablue's veoh and re-uploading to the oycanada veoh account. But still, the embed of Davis White doesn't want to embed Davis White.
Here's the link to Davis White (for now), until the embed issue is resolved:
Davis White Skating Skills Video
and - omg, it appears as if Part 1 successfully uploaded to the blog. Fingers crossed, stay tuned for Part II.
|"Skating" Skills, Part 2.|
See the title cards. These aren't suggestions. These are the criteria that determine how a judging panel should score a program. Read them. How it says "this" gets the highest scores. Watch Meryl and Charlie get 10s and +3s for doing none of it, for doing what is explicitly discouraged in the rules that govern the scoring. The rules don't simply say we prefer that you do it this way. The rules also say, explicitly, don't do it the way Meryl and Charlie are doing it.
I'm putting Davis White up first because everyone knows Virtue Moir do it right. They out CoP, CoP. Even DW fans, for all the crap they've slung, know Virtue Moir DO it. DW fans don't argue this. They just look for any imperfection in VM, because they pretend DW and VM are starting on a level playing field. They're not. DW aren't on the field at all. A VM mistake is irrelevant until and unless DW actually skate their fucking program by the rules. Until they do, nothing VM do or don't do on the ice is relevant to an outcome that has DW on top.
The rules and criteria for any sport are important. It's important when a sport decides these rules can be tossed out the window, all the while pretending the rules are still being observed.
It seems to me a lot of fans think the rulebook itself is only part of what the judges use to award scores. They think that, legitimately, judges can score on impact, on "freshness" (as if DW are fresh? For real??), and on any random criteria that speaks to their personal taste and sense of occasion, and then use the rulebook a little bit if they like, as maybe an influence on scoring, but the rules aren't actually "rules" about scoring.
It's important when everyone inside the sport colludes to pretend this gold medal heist didn't happen, and when the media is too ignorant to call it out. The media points to results (the protocols) to justify results, or points to past crap scores to justify today's crap scores because it hasn't read the rulebook, and doesn't have a clue what's being done on the ice either. The figure skating media, including those that have written books about figure skating, including those with websites showcasing themselves as experts, haven't bothered to learn anything about what goes on on the ice vis a vis the scoring system set down in CoP.
Then these same complacent ignoramuses will lecture the public about what went down.They pump the public full of misinformation. They muddy the waters on purpose.
When it comes to knowing if a result is legitimate or isn't, the proof isn't in the background of the judges on the panel, or in the protocols, or in anything some union, organization or federation head announces. It's on the ice. Look on the ice, look at the rules. There's the proof.
Imagine any other sport where the proof of a legitimate outcome rested in the score, or past scores. A sport where, no matter what we saw happening on the field, the court, or the rink, no matter what the playback showed, the only proof of foul play or shady dealing rested in finding out the scoring officials were crooked. Or in proving some authorities colluded on a deal.* Not some "deal" to throw the game. The game was played in earnest, to the best of the abilities of the athletes in question. No, the deal happened before the game, to score and call it a certain way no matter what happened on the field of play.
Only if you were able to prove behind-the-scenes shenanigans could you question the outcome. Because nobody was able to look at video of what happened on the field, the court, or the rink to see for themselves. Or the sport pretended nobody was able to do that, and the media hadn't bothered, so they went along with it.
That's figure skating.
The people who write about skating don't take either step - they don't look at skating with informed eyes, and they don't look at the rulebook themselves. And the people who are in skating don't want them to.
Doesn't that interest people? That this mindset exists all down the line from in-house flacks like P.J. Kwong to former champions like Evegny Platov. Don't tell us it's a subjective sport. We have eyes. What DW did and didn't do isn't subjective. But we're not supposed to "get hysterical" or whine, or complain. The sport patronizes the hell out of the public.
As I've said before, I believe this goes to the female demographic.
It's important for "fans" to recognize the unholy mind fuckery that happens when a team that wins because the rules were tossed out the window then runs around saying they're the best in the world at fulfilling those rules.That's enough. It's one thing to get worked over by a couple of up-their-own asses individual ice dancers who gaslight the public for their own entertainment. It's another to get consciously and deliberately worked over and fucked over by an entire sport and the media that covers it, and the insiders tasked with explaining it to us, and it's certainly a whole other thing when dissent is told to shut up.
It's not even mindfuckery really. It's more like despotism. More like, hell. Is. They lie to us, and lie about us (we've seen that with the Yuna/Slotnikova stuff; we've seen it with what gets through as comments and what doesn't).
That's post-Sochi figure skating. After a brief flirtation with legitimacy, figure skating, and most specifically, ice dance, decided to re-embrace corruption with a vengeance. Because, as has been observed before, things have been hinky in the medal department in the past, but usually, at an Olympics, the sport tries to get the gold medal right. Almost every gold medal in the past has been, at least, arguable. There are legitimate factors and values to weigh and compare.
In Sochi, in ice dance, there were none. Because there are rules, and DW didn't follow the rules or demonstrate the highest quality skating as explicitly set down in the sport's rules and criteria. They got away with it because those in the sport who know the difference looked the other way or told us it was there when our eyes said it wasn't, and those who cover the sport haven't bothered to learn anything.
DW ostentatiously, flagrantly, employed moves that are explicitly discouraged in the rules, and they frequently demonstrated substandard execution explicitly described in the rules. You can SEE it. It's not subjective. If somebody is on two feet, they're on two feet. It's not anyone's perspective if it's one or two. If someone is running on their toes or on flats, it's not depending on your perspective if they're running or gliding on a deep, clean edge.
I've talked about how figure skating seems arcane to many people, how casual viewers have no bloody idea what's going on out there. But Davis & White make it very simple to see that it's NOT going on out there.The only reason any observer could believe Davis White deserved the gold is if they don't know what the CoP rules and criteria actually are.
And that's why they don't want us to know the rules and criteria, or technique. The entire season we were told it's something like performance art with a little skating on the side and a whole bunch of non-quantifiable "impact" factors. Because if anyone has any idea whatsoever that the actual skating is what gets the points, even somebody who hasn't been taught edge one about figure skating knows Davis & White hijacked the gold medal. It's that obvious.
This post will end with the skating skills video of Virtue and Moir, and another post will handle the gala. So before we get to VM, let's look at this teensy weensy guy getting lifted by this brute of a woman. If he were fat like Tessa these two could never get it done. As Dave Leese says, good lifting technique is all about the big strong one lifting the sylph:
It's because Meryl is such a slip of a thing that their lifts are so effortless, winning easy L4 and consistent +3:
|Imagine if she weighed anything.|
And these sites should present it so that people who don't know anything about skating skills might know something when they're done reading.
At present, people write whole op eds on figure skating results without knowing step one about figure skating. To repeat the main point of this post: The answers are ON THE ICE. Not in a back room. Not on the judges' panel and the history of the judges. Not via the grapevine. ON THE ICE. That will tell you if something is legit or it's not.
It's the last place anybody looks, because the people who know what's happening on the ice ignore it, and the people who write about it - the people who aren't embedded in the corruption that is competitive figure skating - don't bother figuring out how to look at what's on the ice so they'll be able to tell - for themselves, without some choreographer, coach or skater/drinking buddy whispering in their ear - what's being done out there.
I think it is important, and of course, long past due, for information about figure skating technique to be easily available/accessible on the internet. Even if the sport itself, and those who cover the sport, work hard to tell us it's not important. The sport as it stands now is a festering clusterfuck of blatant corruption, and that corruption is permitted because people who watch figure skating, cover figure skating and talk about figure skating do not know what is going on on the ice relative to the scores. They just look at the scores to decide what must have happened on the ice. Therefore, the scores can be whatever the fuck the ISU decides. It can say up is down, in is out, bad is good - and that last is precisely what the ISU did do in Sochi.
Here's Virtue Moir: