Monday, June 21

Is it true the 6.0 system is useless as a standalone measuring stick (i.e. the "6.0 perfect score") because it was only used to rank skaters relative to each other in the order of skating on any particular day?

Yeah, it was totally useless especially in the free skate. In the short program, there were required deductions on the technical mark, but it was easily compensated by pushing the artistic mark higher if need be. In the free skate, though, there were so many cases of judges "boxing" themselves in by the time the last skaters came on the ice, that the marks had no relation to the performance. One of the most perfect examples of this is Carolina Kostner's free skate from the 2004 Worlds, as the final skater. Watch the performance, and then check her marks. :-)

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