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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Scoring inflation?

Mao Asada, Yuzuru Hanyu and Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov received what some have called generous scores en route to winning their respective disciplines at the NHK Trophy this past weekend. In Asada's case, the descriptions "scandalous", "a total joke" and "a travesty of justice" have also been used, with some fans suggesting that she give her medal to Akiko Suzuki and her winnings to charity. And while the marks received by Meryl Davis/Chalie White haven't been the target of too much ire, they are certainly on the high end as well. Meanwhile, other medalists and lower-placed skaters also did, shall we say, surprisingly well considering the quality of their performances. Is it a home field advantage (for Asada and Hanyu)? Reputation scoring? Skaters and their coaches figuring out how to rack up points, even when the skating is not top notch? Are the judges learning to be more generous with their GOEs and PCS? At this point, I expect the upward trend in scoring to continue as we approach the Olympics, with only Yu-Na Kim's 2010 score unlikely to be surpassed. After Sochi... who knows what the ISU might do?

For comparison's sake, let us now consider similarly scored programs from this season and the past:

Men, 160+ points

2007


 2008

2012

I chose to focus on scores over 160 as the 170+ score is a relatively newer phenomenon. Daisuke Takahashi was the first skater to receive an LP score over 170 at an ISU event, scoring 175.84 at the 2008 Four Continents Championships. This mark stood as a world record for more than three years, but has since been surpassed several times - most recently by Patrick Chan at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup.

Ladies, 115+ points

2008

2012

Pairs, 132 points or so

2007
Shen/Zhao - embedding was disabled for this one, sorry.

2009


2012


Some of these things are most decidedly not like the others. And yes, I'm aware that the IJS is ever changing - but in certain cases the scoring has been so ludicrous, the next phase would be to go to plaid.

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