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    Did anyone watch the compulsories?

    I'm not old enough to have seen it live. Anyone here lucky enough to have seen it on live television? What was it like? Was it a snooze-fest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NymphyNymphy View Post
    I'm not old enough to have seen it live. Anyone here lucky enough to have seen it on live television? What was it like? Was it a snooze-fest?
    Wasn´t 2010, the last year with a CD (Waltz)? I saw it live, but my intrest in ice dance was not that big, so I usually just skipped that part. For me, anything at ice dancing with too much limitation is less interesting, but I do come from a different dance background, where free movement and innovation is rewarded. That´s why I was so into the Hip Hop ice dance season, it was by far the best.

    In my opinion, ice dance does a lot better today, than 10 years ago, but I still miss bravery at times and that said braveness is often not fully rewarded by the judges, like with Madi and Evan or the Russian dancers.

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    I think Nymphy is referring to compulsory figures?

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    In the olden days, compulsories were generally only covered in America through a quick summary, and only then during the ABC Olympic coverage. I have vague memories of Dick Button doing a studio interview wherein he said Dorothy Hamill's improved performance in figures made her the favorite to win. Likewise, I remember a similar report when Scott Hamilton won all three figures against a French skater who was apparently a figures genius.

    There were rare exceptions of slightly more indepth reporting, like when Midori Ito blew a figure that cost her the WC against Jill Trenary.

    I don't ever recall seeing a compulsory dance on television except during the Olympics with Uncle Dick doing the commentary.

    Once the age of the internet hit, you could scrounge some reports, but it wasn't a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TontoK View Post
    In the olden days, compulsories were generally only covered in America through a quick summary, and only then during the ABC Olympic coverage. I have vague memories of Dick Button doing a studio interview wherein he said Dorothy Hamill's improved performance in figures made her the favorite to win. Likewise, I remember a similar report when Scott Hamilton won all three figures against a French skater who was apparently a figures genius.

    There were rare exceptions of slightly more indepth reporting, like when Midori Ito blew a figure that cost her the WC against Jill Trenary.

    I don't ever recall seeing a compulsory dance on television except during the Olympics with Uncle Dick doing the commentary.

    Once the age of the internet hit, you could scrounge some reports, but it wasn't a lot.
    Wow... looks like ISU could easily manipulate the outcome of competitions through these barely broadcasted compulsories. Midori would have destroyed the competition under IJS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NymphyNymphy View Post
    Wow... looks like ISU could easily manipulate the outcome of competitions through these barely broadcasted compulsories. Midori would have destroyed the competition under IJS.
    Not really Although we only saw snippets on TV in the states (I remember seeing Trixi's school figures broadcast and ) the skaters and the coaches were there. Watching the judges measure with their little whatever they measured with. Figures reminded me then of the way some natter on about jumps today: a fixed, concrete way to evaluate a skaters' performance.

    The free skate on the other hand The cold war was still raging in every score the judges posted. The ISU wasn't "fixing" anything, but nationality colored almost every comp.

    IMHO.

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    I go back into the '60's & never could understand why the compulsories were worth so much towards the final score. They were all about precision & difficult to judge watching on tv. I found them boring.

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    I wasn't born yet, but I probably would have watched them. I'd also like to learn how to do them someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NymphyNymphy View Post
    I'm not old enough to have seen it live. Anyone here lucky enough to have seen it on live television? What was it like? Was it a snooze-fest?

    Yes and YES. It was actually more interesting to watch figures on TV. It was very difficult to see the tracings due to the angle of our seats. I had decided to bring binoculars the next time I went to see them but, they were eliminated by the time I went to Skate America in 1991.

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    I found it extremely boring. Usually I would watch the top five or six and that was quite enough for me. And the music was killing me!

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