I agree with you, johns. (and where have you been? Haven't seen any of
your posts lately until this one) I was just going to post a reply to
this same topic on rssir, will do it here first. I had the luxury of
watching a competition two years ago now I think.... large group of
younger female skaters. This was a showcase competition. In other
words, "artistic" not "technical" (even though all skating is
technical..right?). She skated a superbly choreographed program, great
flow, skating, positions, speed, power--- all of it. Not *one single
jump* in the program. And she won! And she should have! All the
other skaters in the group had jumps, some even had Axels. It's just
that when you saw that program you KNEW she had to win. I was hoping
she would, or I figured I might just hang my skates up. It told me
something about the judges that day, at that particular competition.
A solution could be to have required elements in every program, but
that would defeat the idea of a purely artistic program........Sigh. I
think there is no real solution.
I do agree that, since figure skating does claim to be "an art", there
should be allowance for artists!