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Monday, June 10, 2013

A thought experiment

Some time ago, I discussed my thoughts about the emphasis that many skating commentators and fans place on transitions, and why this is an unfortunate approach, in my opinion. This has gotten to the point where one wonders if some people remember that transitions, by their very nature, should be linking between other (more important) things and serving the program rather than the other way around. After running into yet another discussion of how a certain skater was Lacking In Transitions, always an indication that a skater only Cares About Jumps, I have come up with the following experiment:

Whenever you feel the need to argue that skater X may be unworthy of his marks because his program does not have enough transitions, or that she should finish lower because her transitions aren't difficult enough, or that pair Y is vastly superior because they have more transitions than pair Z, swap the word transitions for one of the following:

1. Spread eagles
2. Spirals
3. Salchows
4. Style and individuality
5. Sequins or sparkles

Does your evaluation of the skaters' merit and the program quality still make sense? No? Well, let that serve as a reminder that you should not judge skaters, or their programs, based on just one component.

Kevin van der Perren never neglected point no. 5

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