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Opinion: Ice Dancing Certainly Was Not/Is Not “Fixed” at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

Opinion:  Ice Dancing Certainly Was Not/Is Not “Fixed” at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships

People in the figure skating world never say this…but for years, ice dancing was FIXED…but that is certainly no longer true….

As I look at the results of what is going on at “Worlds” in Helsinki, I can’t help but notice that the placements are random.  The ice dance event, which, in the past, was somewhat consistent, has included some interesting surprises.

It’s just impossible for the “ordinary person” to understand how ice dancing is scored, but if someone falls, of course, it is obvious that points are deducted, but ice dancers rarely fall.

Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Tanith Belbin White and Benjamin Agosto did a great job of explaining the Short Dance programs, but the average viewer, even with Tanith and Ben’s help, I’m sure cannot figure out why one ice dance team placed ahead of another ice dance team.

I imagine, most fans of the skaters from the USA wonder why 2017 US Ice Dance Champions Maia and Alex Shibutani placed 5th in the Short Dance.  (Ben said they skated slower than the other teams, so maybe that is the reason?)  Of course,  2010 Olympic Champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were unbelievably good and in a class by themselves, but  Maia and Alex, and all the ice dancers looked fabulous in my opinion.  I especially enjoyed Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier’s entertaining program and costumes and Maddison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates were so fun to watch.

The ice dancing I see today certainly looks nothing like the ice dancing from the past; it has become so athletic and the skaters are so good.  No wonder ice dancing no longer can be “fixed!”

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

Further Reading:

Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com


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