As I watched Skate America 2017 on television, I came to the conclusion that watching ice dancing seems to be much more enjoyable than watching the men’s freeskate event. Why? Well all the men’s freeskate event seemed to be was a quadruple jump competition and …quad falling equals “not fun to watch.”
It was just so sad to see the Israeli figure skater and 2016 Junior World Figure Skating Champion, Daniel Samohin, cry out in pain after falling on the first two quadruple jumps in his program and hold his shoulder! And…then seeing almost the same thing happen to Team USA’s Adam Rippon was too much. Fortunately, Adam was able to put his shoulder back into place and the rest of his program was good. It’s too bad, in a way, that his free skate performance didn’t give him the 2017 Skate America men’s title, but there was no way he could catch up to 2017 US Men’s Figure Skating Champion Nathan Chen’s short program lead.
And….Nathan Chen’s free skate was so disappointing because he just wasn’t “on” this time and his planned program of multiple quadruple jumps turned into a disaster. How confusing it must be for the ice skating fans who don’t understand the complicated figure skating scoring system to see a skater who totally “bombed” the freeskate win Skate America.
In 1976 the International Skating Union decided that back flips on ice skates were too dangerous to do in competitions and I’m thinking that quadruple jumps are just too dangerous too. Now that the elite male figure skaters must “do quads” the artistry included in the men’s figure skating programs is tainted.
It’s no longer enjoyable to watch elite men’s free skate programs since all its about now is quadruple jumps. The emphasis on multi-revolution jumps may have already destroyed competitive skating. There are a few elite male figure skaters like US men’s champions Jason Brown and Adam Rippon who still include artistry in their skating, but even both of those men risk the danger of injury since they must include quadruple jumps in their programs.
Maybe the International Skating Union (ISU) should consider banning quads like they did with the back flip?
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