Some people in the thread speak of skaters being overscored. There
is actually more than than is being said. I believe the ISU is certainly
aware of the addage that "sex sells".
Rachael Flatt and Kesenia Makrova are, without question, the
sexiest ladies of the current crop. And I think this could be causing
both to perhaps get inflated scores.
Event though Russia could probably do better sending
Sotnikova or Tuktamisheva, they will end up sending
Even before COP, I can think of some skaters
that probably got inflated marks on account of
this. Nicole Bobeck, in her day, was one of the
sexiest skaters of her genration, and I think the
sex-sells addage might well have led to her
getting inflated scores. Both Ice Skating
Australia and the USFSA did this. Look
at Nicole's 17th place finish at the 1998
Olympics. I am sure that Ice Skating Australia
could have done much better.
Another skater that was certainly overscored
was Elena Sokolova, who will also go down
in history as one of the sexist skaters of
her generation. Even with Russian womens skating
going down the loo, they could have done much
better. Sure, she might have one one world silver,
but that is the only major international medal she
It will be very interesting to see what happens
at the CIS Championships in Kharkhov. Will
the Russian federtion go on the sex-sells mantra
and put Makarova on the world team? Or will
they go with someone much better.
It will be interesting to see what happens after
the North American championships. Will the
Skating Establishment fall for the sex-sells
mantra and put Rachael on the team, who
will surely bomb at Worlds?
Given the latest line from this one online
sportsbook, only accessible through Tor,
America might well only get to send ONE
lady to 2013 Worlds. The latest line has
Rachael finsihing no higher than 16th,
and Alissa finsihing 5th. That would give
America only ONE lady for the 2013
Worlds, if that came to pass.
And the sex-sells mantra is not limited
to ladies either. I believe one reason
why Evan won Olympics, despite the fact
that Evgeni had a better skate, was the
fact that Evan is a 6 ft 3 hunk of a man,
a rareity in mens skating. He projects the
kind of image that the Skating Establishment
It is very rare for a hunk of a man like that
to exist in skating. Its a wonder some girl
somewhere has not latched onto him yet.
Evgeny Plushenko clearly had a better skate
and certainly merited much higher marks.
That is also likely why Johnnie Wehr never
won any major international medals. He did
not project the "hunk" image that the Skating
Establishment wants to see in mens skating.
And it did for a while bring a lot more women
into the figure skating audience. The listeners
we got from some figure skating broadcasts was
enough, for a while, for my station to be
listed in "Athena 365" subsection of the
Live 365 site, which is aimed at women.
We must have picked up a large female
audience during our broadcasts of the
I do think that if Evgeni had been given
the gold over Evan, the judges would have
had to vammoose right quickly, becuase
the women there in the arena would have
torn them apart.