Biased Judging Rears Its Ugly Head Again in Figure Skating
Barb Caffrey’s Blog: Folks, when I turn on the World Figure Skating Championships in any year, I expect to see great competition. I expect to see artistry, athleticism, dynamic performances, and proper, unbiased judging that’s based on what the figure skater in question actually does, rather than whether or not the judges in question like the figure skater.
I don’t always get it.
In 2010 at the Vancouver Olympics, United States figure skater Johnny Weir, a three-time U.S. champion, was denied a place on the podium. There was never any explanation given for this, even though Weir arguably skated the best and cleanest program of any of the top male skaters.
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