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Thursday, February 27, 2014

(한글 번역본) Sochi Figure Skating Scandal: What's Next? A Possible Agenda To The Next Stage




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 캐나다의 연아 팬인 토마스씨가 전세계의 수백만 팬을 위해 제안한 실행가능한 방안들을 따로 포스팅합니다그의 의견에 따라 필요한 인사들의 연락처를 함께 올립니다. 이들에게 이메일, 팩스, 또는 편지로 이번 판정의 부당함을 정중하게알려 주시기를 바랍니다.  
 피겨의 미래를 위해 다음의 두 청원에 계속 서명해 주십시오.

 이 블로그는 우클릭을 허용하지 않으니 이 포스트의 워드파일이 필요하신 분은 제게 이메일 주십시오.





이번 일에서 우리가 목적한 바를 이룰 확률이 얼마나 될 지는 아무도 모른다.  2002년 올림픽에서는 몇몇 목격자들로 인해 심판들 중 한명이 판정조작을 인정했기 때문에 가능했었다. 목격자들 중에는 경기의 레프리가 있었는데 그는 나중에 공식 제소를 했다. 그런데 이번에는 자백한 사람도 없고, 앞으로 나설 만큼 청렴함을 지닌 관련 인사들도 아직까지는 없다.

게다가 2002년에는 판정제도가 익명이 아니었기 때문에 나쁜 놈을 잡아내는 일은 훨씬 쉬웠다. 이번에는 심판 두명이 아델리나에게는 생뚱맞게 높은 점수를, 연아에게는 생뚱맞게 낮은 점수를 주었다는 사실을 모두 알고는 있지만 정확하게 그들이 누구인지는 밝혀낼 수 없다마찬가지로 프리에서 아델리나에게 거의 모두 3점의 가산점을 준 심판이 누구인지도 모른다.

그러므로 여기서 중요한 질문은 바로 무엇이다.  (이 일을 하는) 우리의 목표는 무엇인가? 내 생각엔 두가지가 있다:

1.우리가 끌어낼 수 있는 최선의 결과는 바로 연아와 아델리나가 금메달을 공동으로 받는 것이다. IOC는 비단 러시아선수 뿐 아니라 그 누구에서도 금메달을 빼앗을 수는 없다결국 우리는 아델리나가 점수를 퍼받았다는 사실이 아니라, 연아가 받아야 할 점수보다 매우 적게 받았다는 사실을 증명하는데 포커스를 맞춰야 한다. 하지만 이것이 실제적으로 무얼 의미하는지 아니면 실현 가능한 일인지는 자신이 없다.

2. 1번이 실패한다 하더라도 우리가 이번 일을 통해 ISU판정방식을 바꿀 수 있다면, 나는 그나마 만족할 수 있을 것 같다. 판정방식은 익명이어서도 안 되고, 심판진 안의 누군가가 독점으로 영향력을 휘두르지 못하도록 견제하고 그 책임을 물을 수 있는 규칙을 정해야만 한다.  또한 오늘날 우리에게 있는 테크놀로지를 동원해서, 미국의 미식축구리그처럼 경기 중 이의가 발생하면 그 자리에서 화면을 재생해서 볼 수 있는 instant replay system을 도입해야 한다



스스로에 묻는다: 


 우리는 이렇게 힘겨운 싸움을 하고 있는가?  “연아는 언제나 진정한 금메달리스트로 남을 거야라던가, “그녀는 항상 내 마음의 여왕입니다라는 식으로 말하고는 이 모든 일을 지나치고 마는게 훨씬 쉽다. 솔직히 말해 나도 그냥 묻고 가고 싶기도 해. 난 한국인도 아니고 피겨팬도 아니고다만 2010년 연아의 경기를 보고 반해 버렸을 뿐이야. 그리고 소치 올림픽에서도 이전과 버금가게 반하고 말았지진심으로, 연아에겐 적수가 없다.  이번 일을 내가 하는 이유는…..

1. 화가 났기 때문이다.  ISU가 이런 짓을 저지르는 꼴을 그냥 두는 건 환한 대낮에 할머니가 강도 당하는 걸 그냥 두고 보는 것과 같다인터넷을 통해 세상 어디에서건 경기를 볼 수 있는 디지털 시대에 이렇게 대놓고 조작을 할 수 있는 저들의 뻔뻔함을 믿을 수가 없다우리가 모두 눈이 멀었거나 무지하다고 생각한 걸까. 우리가 두 사람의 경기를 나란히 두고 슬로우 모션으로 볼 수 있다는 생각을 저들은 못한 걸까

2. 역시 화가 났기 때문이다.  연아가 진 이유는 연아의 프로그램이 단순했기 때문이라거나 그녀가 이기고 싶어하는 동기가 부족했다는 등의 이야기들이 돌고 있다. 이런 말들은 연아에 대한 모독이다. 아델리나가 이리 저리 애를 쓰며 경기를 해냈다는 이유만으로 연아의 프로그램이 쉬웠다고 말할 수 있는가!   연아의 경기력이 뛰어나서 그저 힘들어 보이지 않았을 뿐이라고그리고 세상 어느 누가 어떤 동기도 없이 그 모든 부상과 힘든 훈련을 무릅쓰고 올림픽 2연패에 도전을 하겠는가장난해연아가 제 아무리 담담해 보여도 그 속이 어땠을까저들의 이 모든 썩어빠진 계락들이 모두 끝나는 순간 물론 연아는 편안함을 느꼈겠지만 또한 황량했겠지.

3. 무엇보다 난 정의를 원한다난 캐나다인이고 테사와 스캇이 금 대신 은을 딴 게 못내 실망스럽지만 미국 페어팀도 아주 잘 탔다그래서 테사와 스캇이 그들에게 졌다는 사실을 받아 들일 수 있었다. 그렇지만 아델리나는 연아 근처에도 오지 못했다고내 생각엔, 연아가 설사 쇼트와 프리 모두에서 넘어졌더라도 적어도 동메달이었을 실력이라고.

어떻게: 이제 어떤 방법을 취하느냐가 남았다. “무엇을 할 것인가?”를 놓고 나는 요즘 많은 생각을 한다.  심판이나 레프리 중 누구 하나가 옳은 일을 하겠다고 나서지 않는 한 2002년보다 나쁜 상황이다우리는 쪽수로 밀고 나가야만 한다.  끈기가 있는 많은 사람들이 나서야만 한다. 그저 앉아서 기다리면서 남이 해주기를 바랄 수는 없는 일이다.  내가 생각해 보았거나 어디에서 읽었던 방법들을 다음에 모아 보았다누구라도 좋은 생각이 떠오르면 덧붙여 주길 바란다.


1. 가능한 장기간으로 계속 목소리를 높여라.


(1) 이 블로그 링크(http://mydearkorea.blogspot.com/2014/02/sochi-figure-skating-scandal.html)를 NBC, CNN, CBC, BBC 등의 미디어에 이메일로 보내라.



International Sports Federations:  office@iihf.com
NBC CHAIRMAN- MARK LAZARUS: Mark.Lazarus@nbcuni.com
CBC NEWS CHANNEL EMAIL: tonews@cbc.ca
New York Times Editor: letters@nytimes.com
ALEXANDER ABAD-SANTOS: alex@thewire.com 
Bill Plaschke (LA Times): bill.plaschke@latimes.com
TIME Magazine (editor): letters@time.com



(2) ISU에 조사를 요구하는 이메일을 보내라. 저들은 연락처가 명시된 페이지를 내려버렸지만 다른 곳에서 다음의 이메일을 찾았다 -
 info@isu.ch

(3) 팩스머신이 있다면 ISU에 팩스해라.
(4) 편지지와 우표를 이용해서 ISU에 직접 편지를 쓰는 방법도 있다. 


ISU:  Chemin de Primerose 2, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland (주소)
       +41-21-612-6666 (전화) / +41-21-612-6677 (팩스)



(5) 대한빙상연맹이나 대한체육회에 즉각 행동할 것을 요구하라.



대한체육회:
서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 424 (방이동)  (주소
koc@sports.or.kr (이메일)
대한빙상연맹: 
송파구 오륜동 88번지 (올림픽 회관 607) (주소)
info@skating.or.kr / koreaskating@gmail.com (이메일 
http://www.skating.or.kr  (홈페이지)
+82-2-422-6165, +82-2-418-6322 (전화) / +82-2-423-8097 (팩스)



피겨계에 영향력을 행사할 수 있는 인물은카타리나 비트나 커트 브라우닝 같이 이번 결과에 동의하지 않는 전문가들 말이다그들이 우리의 뜻을 얼마나 받아 줄 지는 모르지만 적어도 시도는 해 볼 수 있지 않을까. 그들의 페이스북은 어떤가?



트위터:
카타리나 비트https://twitter.com/Katarina_Witt
커트 브라우닝https://twitter.com/KurtBrowning
제이미 살레https://twitter.com/JamieSale
궨달 페이제라https://twitter.com/PeizeratGwendal



이게 별다른 효과를 볼 지는 잘 모르겠지만, 이런 일을 하는데 한국인 뿐 아니라 외국인도 나서도록 하는게 좋을 지도 모르겠다금메달을 잃어버린 한국인들이 징징대는 걸로 이번 추문을 가볍게 넘겨 버리는 사람들이 얼마나 많을까?


2. ISU의 급소를 공격하라



ISU는 빙상경기를 관할하는 기구이다. 그렇다면 ISU는 누가 관할하는가?  IOC? change.org의 청원사이트에 의하면 몇몇 사람들이 IOC윤리위원회 (Ethics Commission)에 연락을 취했다는데 나는 그 이메일을 찾을 수가 없다아무거나 거기 연락처를 가진 사람 있나?



윤리위원회 는 올림픽 운동의 윤리적 원칙을 감시하는 기관이다. 이들 원칙은 윤리강령 명시되어 있다.

윤리원칙의 감시자

윤리위원회는 올림픽 운동의 윤리적 원칙을 보호하고자 IOC 집행위원회가 1999년에 만든 기관이다. 이 독립기관은 아홉명의 멤버로 이루어져 있는데 이들 대부분은 올림픽 운동과 상관이 없다.

IOC 윤리 위원 9:


위원장

Youssoupha NDIAYE
Chairman of the Ethics Commission, IOC
Villa du Centenaire,
Avenue de l'Elysée 28, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland (address)
+41-21-621-6381 (fax)

위원

Claudia BOKEL, 독일 에페 펜싱 선수이자 IOC 위원

Thomas BUERGENTHAL, 조지 워싱턴대 비교 법률 및 법학교수
2000 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC 20052, USA (address)
tbuergen@law.gwu.edu (이메일)
+1-202-994-6120 (전화)

Guy CANIVET, 헌법위원회 위원장
2 rue de Montpensier 75001 Paris, France (주소)

José Luis DICENTA BALLESTER, 라틴연합 사무총장
204 rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France (주소)
+33-1-4549-6060 (전화 / +33-1-4544-4701 (팩스) / 
ulsg@unilat.org (이 이메일 주소는 라틴연합의 공식 이메일입니다.)

Francisco J. ELIZALDE, 필리핀 IOC 멤버

Robin E. MITCHELL, 오세아니아 올림픽 위원회 위원장
PO Box 21809, GMF Barrigada 96921, Guam (주소)
+1-671-649-6662 (전화)
+1-671-646-6662 (팩스)
onoc@oceanianoc.org (이 이메일 주소는오세아니아 올림픽 위원회의 공식 이메일입니다.)

Sir Craig REEDIE, 세계반도핑기구 (WADA) 회장

Samuel SCHMID, 연방방위시민안전스포츠국 국장
Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports, Bundeshaus Ost, CH-3003 Berne, Switzerland (주소)


SECRETARY OF THE ETHICS COMMISSION
Secretary of the Ethics Commission, Villa du Centenaire,
Avenue de l'Elysée 28, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
+41-21-621-6381 (fax)

이외 IOC 이메일GR@sochi2014.com / media@sochi2014.com /  legal@olympic.org / 
info@acnolympic.org  /  info@ocasia.org



(솔트레이크 올림픽 페어 종목에 관한)  기사를 보면 재미있는 문장이 나온다 - “IOC의 결정은 피겨스케이팅 국제중재패널의 공청회가 열리기 몇시간 전에 나왔다공청회는 취소됐다.”  국제중재패널이 어떤 곳인지 아는 사람

국제빙상연맹(ISU)은 주수입원이 어디지?  후원을 받나아니면 주관경기의 티켓판매수익인가내가 일전에 피겨경기를 보이코트하는 것에 대해 언급한 적이 있는데, 우리는 더 나아가 ISU와 관련된 것들을 보이코트하는 것도 생각해 볼 필요가 있다예를 들면 ISU를 후원하는 기업이나 주관경기를 중계하는 방송국 등을 보이코트하는 것 말야. ISU의 주수입원이 무엇인지를 알아내야 해.

모든 필요한 정보를 서치할 시간이 없어서 미안하지만 내 생각에는 위에 명기한 것들이 우리가 앞으로 나아갈 길에 좋은 그림이 될 거라 본다더 좋은 생각이 있으면 함께 나누길 바래.

마지막으로 아주 중요한 것은, 이 블로그가 훌륭하긴 하지만 여기 코멘트란 보다는 더 나은 온라인 장소가 필요한 것 같다.  서로 소통할 더 나은 공간이 필요해.  아마 페이스북 그룹같은?

Sochi Figure Skating Scandal: What's Next? A Possible Agenda To The Next Stage



•  이 글의 한글 번역본을 읽으시려면 여기를 클릭하세요.

•  Thomas, a Yuna fan from Canada, posted some practical suggestions for millions of fans out there and I believe his comment deserves its own post.  FYI, I have run Internet searches for the contacts we can email, write, or fax to, which you can find as you scroll down.




S*****e, no offense, but no one really knows how much chance we have in this. The 2002 case is very different because one of the judges broke down in front of several eyewitnesses and admitted that she cheated. One of the eyewitnesses was the event referee, who later filed an official complaint. No one broke down this time and no “insider” with integrity has stepped forward so far.

Also, the judging system back then wasn’t anonymous, and so it was much easier to spot the cheater. This time around, even though we know as a fact that two judges in the short program gave Adelina inconsistently high component scores and Yuna inconsistently low ones, we don’t know who those judges are. Likewise for the judge who gave Adelina almost all +3 GOE’s in the free program.

So I think the more important questions are “what” and “why”. What are our goals here? For me there are two:

1. The best outcome is Yuna and Adelina both get a gold medal. Let’s just admit that there is no way IOC will strip anyone of a gold medal, let alone a Russian woman figure skater. This may mean that our focus should be to demonstrate that Yuna has been underscored, not that Adelina has been overscored. I’m not sure what it means in practical terms or how achievable it is though.

2. Failing that, I would be content, but not happy, if we could get ISU to change the scoring system. The scoring system CANNOT be anonymous, and there has to be accountability with checks and balances in place. Also, with all the technologies we have available today, it’s really easy to implement some sort of challenge-and-instant-review system. Even the NFL has this.

NEXT QUESTIONS: 

WHY are you doing this? Why are you fighting this uphill battle? It’s so much easier to just say stuff like “Yuna will always be the real gold medalist”, “She will always be the Queen in my heart”, etc., and just let all of this slide. I’ll be honest, it’s really tempting for me to just let all of this go. I’m not Korean, and I’m not even a skating fan, but I was truly mesmerized by her performances in 2010, and I was equally mesmerized by her this time around. She is indeed without equal. I’m doing this because:

1. I’m angry. Letting the ISU get away with this is like seeing someone robs an old lady in broad daylight and not do something about it. I can’t believe they have the audacity to cheat so blatantly in this day and age with videos of the performances replaying all over the internet. As if they think we are all blind and ignorant. As if we don’t have access to slow-motion videos replaying side-by-side.

2. I’m angry. I see some comments of people saying Yuna lost because her program was “simple”, because she didn’t have the motivation to win. This is an insult to Yuna. Just because Adelina struggled through her programs doesn’t mean Yuna’s programs were simple. She is just so good that she made it look effortless. And would anyone without motivation go through all the injuries and hard work to come back to the Olympics to defend her title? Seriously? No matter how stoic she appears to be, I have to believe she’s devastated inside, even if she is indeed feeling relieved at the same time that all of this shenanigan is now over.

3. Above all, I want justice! I am Canadian, and I was very disappointed that Virtue and Scott got a silver medal instead of a gold, but the American team was very, very good as well. I can accept that Virtue and Scott lost fair and square. But Adelina didn’t even come close to Yuna! And to think that had Yulia not fallen in both programs, Yuna would very, very likely have gotten a bronze instead…

HOW: Now the interesting part, how? What can we do? I have been thinking about this a lot lately. Without any of the judges or referees stepping up and doing the right thing, our situation is worse than the 2002 case. The only leverage we have is numbers. We need to have lots and lots of people with perseverance, and we can’t afford to sit and wait for someone else to do something. Here are some things I can think of or have read somewhere else. Please add anything you can come up with.

1. Make lots and lots of noise for as long as it takes

(1) Email a link to this blog post to any media outlets you can think of. NBC, CNN, CBC, BBC, etc. 


International Sports Federations:  office@iihf.com
NBC CHAIRMAN- MARK LAZARUS: Mark.Lazarus@nbcuni.com
CBC NEWS CHANNEL EMAIL: tonews@cbc.ca
New York Times Editor: letters@nytimes.com
ALEXANDER ABAD-SANTOS: alex@thewire.com 
Bill Plaschke (LA Times): bill.plaschke@latimes.com
TIME Magazine (editor): letters@time.com



(2) Email ISU to demand an investigation.
 ISU has taken down their “Contact Us” web page but I found their email address somewhere else. It’s info@isu.ch.

(3) If you have a fax machine, fax a letter to ISU.
(4) If you have an extra stamp and envelope around, send them a good old-fashioned mail. 


ISU:  Chemin de Primerose 2, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland (address)
       +41-21-612-6666 (phone) / +41-21-612-6677 (fax)



(5) Contact KSU and KOC to demand that they take action.  
Could someone post the relevant email addresses, fax numbers, physical addresses, etc. please?



KOC:
Olympic Center, 424 Olympic-Ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 138-759, South Korea (address) 
koc@sports.or.kr (email)

KSU: 
Room No. 607, Olympic Center, 88 Bangyee-Dong, Songpa-Ku, Seoul 138-749 (address)
info@skating.or.kr / koreaskating@gmail.com (email)  
+82-2-422-6165, +82-2-418-6322 (phone) / +82-2-423-8097 (fax)



Any chance we could get some of the “influentials” to help with our cause? I’m referring to experts such as Katarina Witt and Kurt Browning who disagree with the results. I don’t know who receptive they will be, but at least we can try. Perhaps try contacting them on FB? Does anyone have a complete list of such people?


Twitters:
John Alastair Kerr: https://twitter.com/Jkerrbear



I don’t know whether this makes a difference or not, but perhaps we should get as many non-Koreans as possible to do this as well? I wonder how many people are dismissing this whole scandal because they think it’s just the Koreans whining about a Korean figure skater losing the gold medal.

2. Hit ISU where it hurts

ISU is the governing body of skating, but who governs the ISU? IOC? An update to the change.org petition says that some people have been contacting the Ethics Commission of the IOC, but I can’t seem to find their email address. Does anyone have it? If not, fax/mail/call, whatever it takes.



The Ethics Commission is the guardian of the ethical principles of the Olympic Movement. These principles are set out in the Code of Ethics

Guardian of the ethical principles

The Ethics Commission was created in 1999 by the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to safeguard the ethical principles of the Olympic Movement. These principles are set out in the Code of Ethics. 
This independent Commission is made up of nine members including a majority of personalities who are not part of the Olympic Movement.

Nine Members of the IOC Ethics Commission:

The Ethics commission is defined in Rule 22 of the Olympic Charter. Its composition and organisation are stated in its Statutes. It composed of nine individuals, no more than four of whom are IOC members and at least five prominent personalities known for their independence of spirit, their competency and their international reputation. It always includes a representative of the IOC athletes’ commission.

CHAIRMAN

Youssoupha NDIAYE
Chairman of the Ethics Commission, IOC
Villa du Centenaire,
Avenue de l'Elysée 28, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland (address)
+41-21-621-6381 (fax)

MEMBERS

Claudia BOKEL, German épée fencer and member of the International Olympic Committee

Thomas BUERGENTHAL, Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence
2000 H Street, N.W, Washington, DC 20052, USA (address)
+1-202-994-6120 (phone)

Guy CANIVET, President of Constitutional Council
2 rue de Montpensier 75001 Paris, France (address)

José Luis DICENTA BALLESTER, Secretary-General of the Latin Union
204 rue de Vaugirard, 75015 Paris, France (address)
+33-1-4549-6060 (phone) / +33-1-4544-4701 (fax) / 
ulsg@unilat.org (This is NOT Ballester's personal email.)

Francisco J. ELIZALDE, Member of the International Olympic Committee representing the Philippines

Robin E. MITCHELL, President of Oceania National Olympic Committees
PO Box 21809, GMF Barrigada 96921, Guam (address)
+1-671-649-6662 (phone)
+1-671-646-6662 (fax)
onoc@oceanianoc.org (This is NOT Mitchell’s personal email)

Sir Craig REEDIE, British sports administrator and President of WADA ( World Anti-Doping Agency)

Samuel SCHMID, Head of the Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports
Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sports, Bundeshaus Ost, CH-3003 Berne, Switzerland (address)


SECRETARY OF THE ETHICS COMMISSION
Secretary of the Ethics Commission, Villa du Centenaire,
Avenue de l'Elysée 28, 1006 Lausanne, Switzerland
+41-21-621-6381 (fax)



Other IOC EMAILS: GR@sochi2014.com / media@sochi2014.com /  legal@olympic.org / 



In this article, there is an interesting sentence: “The IOC decision came just hours before the case was to be heard by an international arbitration panel for sport. The hearing was canceled.”  Does anyone know what this “international arbitration panel for sport” is?
Where does ISU get its income? Sponsorship? Ticket sales to its events? I mentioned boycotting figure skating competitions in one of my earlier comments, and I think we can expand that to boycotting anything related to ISU as well: its sponsors, any channels showing their competitions, etc. We just need to find out what its income source is.

Sorry I haven’t had time to dig up all the info yet, but I think the above is a good framework for moving forward. Please feel free to contribute any ideas you have.

Last but not least, I think we need a better virtual gathering place than the comments section of a blog post (albeit an excellent one). We need a better communication channel. Any suggestions? Perhaps a FB group?


Members of the IOC Ethics Commission

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sochi Figure Skating Scandal: Athleticism Favored Over Artistry? Seriously?




• As I'm receiving quite a few updates and info from my blog readers, this post will be updated accordingly.

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• Read Related Articles: 

(1) Sochi Figure Skating Scandal:  What's Next? A Possible Agenda To The Next Stage
(2) Sochi Figure Skating Scandal: (Mostly) Objective and (Somewhat) Mathematical Analysis of Why Kim Yuna Should Have Won the Gold Medal
(3) Sochi Figure Skating Scandal: Worldwide Figure Skating Fans' Letter to International Sports Journalists and Figure Skating Insiders



It just so happened that I watched Tara and Johnny on NBC, defending the figure skating judging controversy in Sochi.  I almost fell out of my chair when I heard them spread this false information on national TV, but soon I remembered they had repeated the same phrases while commentating on NBC Sports Network for the last few days.  And it seems to work, leading their viewers to accept it as being true.  

1.  Some say Sotnikova earned the gold medal by doing 7 triple jumps, one triple jump more than Kim; her free skate was more difficult than Kim’s as its total base value was higher.

2.  Some say it’s because figure skating is now math under COP (new scoring system) and Sotnikova figured out better ways to garner more points in this subject; the math defeated the art.

3.  Some say, even though Sotnikova bobbled on a three-jump combination, she bravely attacked it while Kim skated with less energy; athleticism was favored over artistry.

Wrong.  Totally wrong.  And as a loyal follower of the sport since Robin Cousins and as a mom who can skate, I don’t think I'm not qualified to chime in on what’s wrong with such lame defenses.


1.  Base Value Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Actual Score


In figure skating, each jump has a base (numerical) value.  When a jump is under-rotated , it is indicated by < and its value is adjusted, according to which, a grade of execution (GOE) from +3 to -3 is weighted.  

For example, if a triple Lutz is under-rotated, its base value is adjusted from 6.0 to 4.2 with GOE at the discretion of every Judge.  On the other hand, if a triple Lutz is downgraded, it is indicated by << and treated as a double; hence, its base value is adjusted from 6.0 to 2.1 with GOE at the discretion of every judge.


GOE:  Nine judges on the panel get elements sent to their computer by the Technical Panel for marking and they give a mark for grade of execution (GOE), ranging from -3 to +3.





When performing a jump in competition you can improve your score by achieving a higher grade of execution GOE. You can receive +1, +2, or +3 based on the number of bullets you achieve below.

1.    Unexpected, creative, difficult entry
2.    Clear recognizable steps/free skating movements immediately preceding element
3.    Varied position in the air/delay in rotation
4.    Great height and/or distance
5.    Superior extension on landing/creative exit
6.    Superior flow in and out (and in-between in jump combinations/sequences)                                                             
                                                            (Quoted from gofigureskating.com)



As you may know by now, a base value doesn’t necessarily mean the actual score.  It is just like a doctoral dissertation proposal, it you will.  To receive a degree, you have to write a dissertation and pass the dissertation defense.  Likewise, to earn the actual score, you must perform the scheduled elements and get them ratified.  If you fail, you will receive less points than your proposed base values.


2.  Judges Did Math but Gave Wrong Answer


And understandably to your surprise, a total base value of Kim’s two programs (88.92) were lower than Sotnikova’s (91.86) by only 2.94 points margin. There was never a 5.48 points separation in their base values as others say.

In Short Program, Kim’s base value was 1 point higher than Sotnikova’s, but her GOE was 1.04 points lower while her PCS is only 0.34 points higher than Sotnikova’s. Can you believe this?  Kim, aka, the Textbook Jumper, got lower GOE's on jumps!  And here lies the key to untangle this judging scandal. 


Short Program
Base Value
GOE
PCS
Total
Kim
31.43
+7.62
35.89
74.92
Sotnikova
30.43
+8.66
 35.55 
74.64


In Free Skate, Kim’s base value was 3.94 points lower than Sotnikova’s and her GOE was 1.91 points lower while her PCS is only 0.09 points higher than Sotnikova’s.



Free Skate
Base Value
GOE
PCS
Total
Kim
57.49
+12.20
74.50
144.19
Sotnikova
61.43
+14.11
 74.41 
149.95


So, Kim’s total base value was just 2.94 points lower than Sotnikova’s and it was GOE's and PCS's that changed the color of a medal.  And the judges’ negligence, intended or not, in penalizing Sotnikova’s cheated jumps played a crucial role in it.



Total
Base Value
GOE
PCS
Total
Kim
88.92
+19.82
110.39
219.11
Sotnikova
91.86
+22.77
 109.96 
224.59



Now, compare the quality of Kim's and Sotnikova's triple Flip and the GOE's in Short Program:



Her Triple Flip received +1.2 GOE
Her Triple Flip received +1.1 GOE




In terms of the flow in and out of the jump, take-off edge, air-position, number of revolutions in the air, and distance, whose do you think was better and deserved a higher GOE?  Look at Sotnikova's wobbly left foot right after a 3 turn into the take-off.  


When such miscalculation in numbers adds up, then it changes the outcome.


In last European Figure Skating Championships held in January 2014, just a month prior to Sochi Olympics, Sotnikova's triple Lutz received a wrong edge call and got a negative GOE (-1.70) (four -3's and five -2's from nine judges) but its base value score wasn't even adjusted. (Click on the image to see the original size version.)













But just a month later in Sochi, her flutz was fully ratified (hence no deduction) and garnered a 10.10 point base value and also a positive GOE (1.00).  Only one judge gave her a negative GOE (-1) and there was even +3 point GOE from one judge.  Kim's magnificent textbook Lutz earned only 0.60 points more than Sotnikova's cheated flutz.








And one might say, "What if she has already fixed that jump?"  

But no, it's simply impossible.  After years of learning and training, your body memorizes the technique, right or wrong.  


Now, here's a clip that shows Sotnikova's fully-ratified Flutz in Sochi:




Triple Lutz-Triple Toe

Sotnikova's change of the take-off edge from outside to inside just before the vault is obvious: FLUTZ.


And the obvious pre-rotation (entry) and under-rotation (exit) on her second triple - triple Toe. Which means her triple Toe was under-rotated by 1/4 or 1/2.


Neither her Flutz nor her under-rotated Toe received any deduction or downgrade.  Instead, the judges gifted her with a 10.10 point base value and also a positive GOE (1.00). 


Too frustrating not only for the fans but for the skaters.


Did you already forget how long Mao Asada of Japan had struggled to fix her flutz yet the problem still remains?  And how Miki Ando hurt her shoulder and left knee while trying to fix her Lip (cheated Flip) in 2007?  And how her injury forced her to withdraw during her free skate at the 2008 Four Continents?  


How unfair!  The ISU judges should've let Asada and Ando just jump their way and given them scores just like they did for Sotnikova and Lipnitskaya in Sochi.


Seriously. If you don't want to appreciate the athletes who play by the rule book, then why bother.  Just lose all the difficult and different jump techniques and let the skaters jump their way.  Don't let the poor skaters waste their time and energy and get injured over and over while training to master those techniques.



3. Kim Yuna the Textbook Jumper



It's a known fact that Kim's jumps are all textbook even though she does not do a triple Loop in competitions afraid of any further injury.  



Triple Lutz
Triple Lutz-Triple Toe


Triple Flip
Triple Flip
Triple Salchow
Triple Loop
Triple Toe
Double Axel-Triple Toe


No other skaters can jump like Kim.  Honestly, even with my 30+ years of experience as a figure skating fanatic, without protocols or a little help from commentators, many times it's really hard to tell the types of jumps (except an Axel) executed by some other skaters.  

On the other hand, all Kim's jumps need no clarification. Her glide into the entry, her take-off edge, her leg positions, and her landing straightforwardly tell me the type of jumps she just executed.  Up until this Wednesday, her jumps have garnered the highest GOE's because of the quality of execution, technique, height, speed, flow and ice coverage (distance). 


Yet only because Sotnikova did seven flawed/cheated triple jumps while Kim did six flawless textbook jumps, now everyone is saying Sotnikova is more technical and athletic than Kim.  As if we were back in the old 6.0 era. 



4. Athleticism Favored Over Artistry in Sochi?  


Since when Kim Yuna did become just a ballerina on ice?  

Mr. Scott Hamilton, did you already forget that you called Kim the total package?  A perfect combination of athleticism and artistry?  As you already know, without athleticism, there's no artistry. Only and only if a skater is equipped with perfect skills and techniques, she can deliver an artistic performance, not the other way around.

And shame on you, judges!  How could you possibly gift Sotnikova with almost 3 point higher GOE's when her jumps are clearly several notches below Kim's quality of execution, technique, height, speed, flow and ice coverage (distance)?  Just take a look and compare!  


Double Axel-Double Toe-Double Loop
(Triple Flip)-Double Toe-Double Loop



Sotnikova 's double Loop was obviously under-rotated with a wobbly, shaky (and possibly two-footed) landing but didn't get any deduction and also her negative GOE was just -0.90 points while Kim's beautifully executed, technically superb jump combination was rewarded with just 0.79 point GOE.  








And judges, could you kindly explain to me why you gave her +3 point GOE's 33 times while Kim only received +3 point GOE's only 13 times in Free Skate?  How could you possibly do that?


Captured from KBS News aired on 02/21/2014


Please don't be fooled by Kim's seamless jumps. Her jumps look easy but it's never easy to make them look easy.  And also, don't be fooled by Sotnikova's jumps. Landing  jerky, noisy, pounding jumps doesn't necessarily mean that she skated with more energy and attack.

Let me quote Dragonlady, a long-time poster at the ISU figure skating forum since 2005, who is not even a Kim Yuna fan:

It's not just height in the jumps, it's height and distance. Adelina's jumps went up and down in a smaller arc, which is why she didn't have the same speed on her runouts. She didn't have entries or exits which were as difficult. Her jumps received a plethora of +3's, 33 in total. Her opening combo marks ranged from -1 to +3. I honestly didn't see any elements worthy of +3's, because of the lack of difficult entries and exits. Rough around the edges is the best general description of her skating. 

Now, let's watch the three different versions of Kim's triple Lutz-triple Toe combination jump she executed in her free skate in Sochi. You will see camera angle is everything and it really is deceiving when you compare the distance she traveled in the air portrayed by the three different cameras.




Russian Version
NBC Version
Fancam Version 1
Fancam Version 2


No one knows if the Russians purposely shot Kim's jumps that way but one thing I know for sure is the Russian camera angle didn't do her jumps justice. It is an absolute lie that Kim's jumps were not as high as, or didn't travel as far as, they used to be or do.


5. Step Sequences or Cheaters' Shortcuts?



Up until Sochi Olympics, Kim's exquisite step sequences and elegant spins with good speed, clarity and precision (deep clean edges) have received  Level 4. In Sochi, however, she got Level 3's on her step sequences and her layback spin while Sotnikova's juniorish steps and spins earned the maximum Level 4's.  And it's really surprising that Sotnikova was the only skater in this event who received Level 4's on step sequences and spins both in Short Program and Free Skate.


Let's compare Kim's and Sotnikova's step sequences:




Level 4


Level 3


In terms of the speed, clarity and precision (use of deep clean edges), whose do you think was better and deserved Level 4? 


At least, I've got the answer. 


If you still haven't figured it out, then see for yourself the incomparable quality of Kim's step sequences.  First, look carefully at the right foot and compare Kim and Sotnikova side by side in terms of the use of deep and clean edges, the control of the edges, then check the use of the upper body and arms, and then the overall flows and duration:



(Click for an in-depth analysis of Kim's and Sotnikova's step sequences
by Blade of Passion, a poster on the Golden Skate forum.)
(Click for this valuable evaluation of Kim's and Sotnikova's step sequences
by ladyepheu, a poster on the Golden Skate forum.)










And  the following video will show you how Kim was cheated out of her second Olympic gold by the "numbers", even though it is just part of the abundant evidence against the Sochi insults, sorry, results:






6. If Kim's Strength Is Artistry, Why Was Her PCS So Low?



Now, let talk about "Artistry".


While Kim was labeled "just" an artist on ice who lacks athleticism "in Sochi," she received only 0.43 points more for her overall PCS score than Sotnikova.  


In last 2013–14 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals held in December 2013, just about two months prior to Sochi Olympics, Sotnikova received 91.32 points for her PCS score, 18.61 points lower than her Olympic score. 


Do you know how many years it took Kim to be able to earn her PCS as high as 110.39 points in Sochi?  Five years and a half since 2008 when she received a similar PCS to Sotnikova's earned at 2013-2014 Grand Prix Final. It took five+ years for Kim but only two months was enough for Sotnikova. Wow.


The following pictures show the obviously drastic changes that have occurred to Sotnikova's PC scores in such a short period of time.  (Click on the image to see the original size version.)











That said, we were all wrong. Sotnikova is the artist on ice.


Yet again, let me quote Dragonlady on Sotnikova's PCS:

Her PCS marks were similarly inflated. Low to mid 8's are reasonable, which is what she received at Europeans. High 9's are near perfection. This was not anywhere near perfection. There was very little program in that program. It was a series of elements skated with music playing.

And that's not all, Folks.  There's a 30.65 point difference between her technical score at GPF and in Sochi.  So, is it in fact Sotnikova who is the total package?




TES
PCS
Total
Grand Prix Final
83.98
91.32
173.30
SOCHI
114.63
 109.96 
224.59



Her overall score made a quantum leap from 173.30 to 224.59 (gaining 51.29 more points in about two months) and her free skate score of 149.95 is just 0.11 point shy of Kim's 2010 world record (150.06 points) for her legendary "Gershwin" performance. 

And there, I'm speechless. Can any insiders explain such sudden improvement to us?  Is this ever possible?  Did it ever happen in the history of figure skating before Sochi?  Please answer us. 


Well... wait a second, I think I've figured out the answer myself in this post.  


Had the judges fairly penalized Sotnikova's cheated, under-rotated, and two-footed jumps, had they not played with the PCS's and GOE's accordingly, her score would have never come close to Kim's, not to mention the 50+ points inflation.  


For, as I told you earlier, when such miscalculation in numbers adds up, then it changes the outcome.


Seriously, wasn't her virtual tie with Kim after Short Program laughably ridiculous and ridiculously laughable? Some say it's because Kim skated earlier. Then how would they explain Mao Asada's free skate score of 142.71? She skated early in the second group, too - not that Asada didn't deserve the score.  


When this scandal is investigated, they have to take the SP results into serious account as the fix was in way before the ladies event started.




Here's my blog reader's take on the SP results in Sochi:

Yuna's Send in the clowns was one of the most exquisite and elegant SP I've ever seen and it would have written a new history and broken her Vancouver record if the judges awarded the grades properly. 
It seems as though they were looking for things to lower her grade because she simply had no errors - Her Triple lutz toe combo only got 1.5 GOE when she should have gotten close to 2 or higher based on her perfect execution.  Adelina got 1.6 GOE for Triple Toe-Tripple Toe combo (even when Yuna's Triple combo was technically more difficult.
Yuna's Triple flip GOE was only 1.1, which is also under-rated and lower than Adelina's, which is also a mystery - some judge gave 0 GOE to Yuna's flip although it would have been eliminated as the lowest score.
And Yuna nailed double axel and only got GOE of 1 when she should have gotten close to 2 or higher based on her perfect execution. Adelina got the same GOE of 1 as well and the execution was not as perfect as Yuna.
And Yuna's step sequence was given level 3. I mean did judges even have eyes? while Adelina got level 4 and GOE of 1.5, which was so inflated.  And FCSp4 component - Yuna only got 0.93 and Adelina got 1.29. 
And PCS? Are you kidding me? Judges gave Yuna couple 7's and lots of 8's when her performance clearly deserved 9's and even 10's. Even when Yuna's SP was yet to polished completely when she debuted it in Zagreb, the PCS score was even higher. Adelina, when not as polished as Yuna, got 8's and 9's all over in PCS. 
So basically, the judges managed to make up for the Triple combination base value difference with anything else they could salvage. I can't help but think Yuna was just grilled for no reason other than to make some else a gold medalist. 
If only Yuna would have gotten proper score, TES would increase about at least 2~3 points and PCS score should increase at least about 2 points as well in SP only.



Some people call figure skating fans like myself crybabies. I hope they know by now that they are mistaken 'cause I just want true sportsmanship and integrity to be restored to the sport of figure skating.  So, if you agree with me, please sign the petition and also this new petition for the future of the sport.  Of course, I have already signed, not because I'm a Korean American but because I love and respect the sport, especially the beautiful and precious skaters.

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P.S. Dearest Tara, would you please stop insulting and disgracing Kim Yuna on national TV?  Do you really think she had no guts out there?  Let me quote Tamar Katz. a four-time Israeli national ladies figure skating champion:

Let's flip this around. Let's say we were in South Korea and Yuna skated earlier and Adelina drew to skate last? What do you think would have happened? I personally think Adelina would have caved under the pressure. Yuna waited 45 minutes to skate and took the ice knowing that she had to be perfect to win. The Russian crowd is not a friendly crowd. The judging in the short program was dubious at best. It takes a whole other kind of athlete to deliver a clean performance under those conditions. 

You didn't notice Kim's face looked quite puffy and sick, did you?  She was (and still is) suffering from a cracked foot (1.5 centimeter(1/2 inch)-long) and injured shoulders. She was in hospital even one day before her flight to Sochi. Yet, she pulled off two straight stellar performances in front of the roaring, chanting Russian crowd and in front of those judges. 


And she surely didn't go to Sochi to "take a vacation".  If you must continue to commentate, then please learn how to read between the lines; and if you must continue to work with the skaters from other countries than the US, please learn about their cultures and manners.


Asians, especially Kim Yuna, tend to be more careful and reserved about the things they do and say 'cause they are more people-oriented while people in America like you tend to be more of a goal-oriented individualist.  Even  back then in Vancouver, she never said, "I will win gold!; I want to be the Olympic champion" or anything even close to that.  (Of course, she was hungry for a gold medal.)  And as a matter of fact, not even once since she became a senior skater. 


Please stop behaving like America is the center of the universe and I hope you show the Queen some respect she deserves.  


And Johnny, Kim was not flat.  We call it poised and graceful.


And you two surely look cute in those matching outfits.


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(UPDATE 4)  Statistical Analysis of Sochi Ladies Figure Skating results, made based on Tiziano Virgili's analysis.  Mr. Virgili is a professor of Physics at University of Salerno and he worked at CERN.  For more details, please go to read his statistical anaysis:   http://www.mediafire.com/view/3g8cai3...




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(UPDATE 3)  Want to know how the scores are rigged in figure skating?  Then watch the video below.







(UPDATE 2)  I just found this amazing video epitomizing what's wrong with the figure skating judging in Sochi.  Bravo, Brava, Bravi to whoever made this!





(UPDATE 1) As stated above, the GOE marks are given to skaters in terms of the quality of execution, technique, height, speed, flow and "ice coverage".  In figure skating, "ice coverage" means the "use of the ice surface".  And skaters who cover more ice while gliding or executing required elements are said to have greater ice coverage and get higher GOE marks.


As Patrick Clarke mentioned in his article, "On the ice, her (Kim's) elegance and ice coverage set her apart and give her a critical edge," but in fact, it wasn't reflected on her marks.


Now compare Kim's ice coverage throughout her free skate to Sotnikova's:







•  Please sign these petitions for the future of the sport

(1) International Skating Union (ISU): Open Investigation into Judging Decisions of Women's Figure Skating and Demand Rejudgement at the Sochi Olympics 
(2) Apologize and give Yuna Kim the gold medal back. Purify ISU Judging system and and give everyone solemn words that ISU will not be affected by sponsorship and lobbying, for the sake of sportsmanship 
 Join this Facebook group - Golden Yuna - created by a Canadian figure skating fan.
• Visit this "Sochi Scandal" site on Pinterest.