"Judges are supposed to assess the current performance in front of them - not past performances, not practices, not the warmup that immediately preceded the skate. That practice, unfortunately, gets overlooked. It happened during the 6.0 era and it continues to happen today. Watching the two performances again, it is clear that Ten skated a program that was unmatched in his emotional involvement, character expression, and dedication to music. (...) Chan started off wonderfully. But with each mistake, his performance diminished - shoulders started slumping, movements were not completely finished, the attention to the audience and to the music went away. It's not to say that he tanked. But he skated a program that, in the realm of Performance/Execution and Interpretation, were much more pedestrian than they were marked".
This is the point from where ISU should build the change of the system; the key-idea to start from.
Here's a quote: "Then there were the problems with judging. You've definitely heard this before. And you'll hear about it again, probably at next year's Olympic Games. In the men's long program here, Patrick Chan, the reigning two-time world champion skating in his home country, fell twice and made sloppy errors on two other jumps but nonetheless was propped up by the judges and given the world title. A delightful but basically unknown 19-year-old from Kazakhstan named Denis Ten performed far better and should have won. Pity the poor fan who turned on this event (perhaps in Latvia), watched one guy fall all over the ice and the other perform beautifully, saw the man who made all the mistakes win the gold medal and tried to begin to figure out what happened. And skating wonders why it's losing whole nations of viewers?"
NS: "the only problem is that there is not ONE person within the sport of Figure Skating who will stand up in front of the press and the world, and cry out for change to rescue Figure Skating. It's nice to see articles like this from Ms. Brennan, but what is required is a prominent voice within the skating world to take a public stand. Without internal support within the sport against this decline in Figure Skating, it is simply a matter of time until this sport becomes more and more unpopular and irrelevant".
I first saw Denis in Torino, in 2010. He was incredibly talented and I said to myself back then: "This boy is great". I saw him a month later in Bucharest, skating in the "Kings on Ice" show: he was wearing a ballerina tutu and the audience loved him.
Last year in Nice, I had a happy encounter in the elevator: he and his coach were going to the practice rink, at the fifth floor of a building; so was I and a friend. We were probably, five or six people, sharing the same elevator; and Denis sat in a corner, quite shy, while his coach, Mr. Frank Carroll said laughing: "I'm with a cat from Kazakhstan here...". Everyone laughed, Denis laughed too. And now, at the 2013 Worlds Figure Skating Championships in London, Canada, for me and for many, the "cat from Kazakhstan" was the real winner of the gold medal.
(A bonus for the Romanian readers: a story about the Worlds coming from the news agency Mediafax).