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Is American Figure Skating Fixed….Again?

Is American Figure Skating Fixed….Again?

Several years ago, I wrote an article saying that elite American figure skating was FIXED. but that article didn’t stay live long, since one of my children’s coaches contacted me immediately after I published my thoughts and told me that saying such things was not a good idea for me politically since, at the time, I was a parent of active competitive skaters and also a coach.

I edited that piece after that suggestion to say that sometimes the results of ice dancing events seemed to be decided in advance and were somewhat predictable; that is, the results of elite ice dancing seem to just a bit more “reliable” than the other figure skating disciplines.

Okay…American figure skating is not really “fixed,” but seems to be…sometimes.

Ross Miner skated the “program of his life” at the recent 2018 US Championships and won a silver medal, but that performance and medal did not earn him a spot on the 2018 US Olympic Figure Skating Team or even earn him a first alternate spot. There has been outrage in the figure skating community about that decision. Over 4,000 people have signed a petition asking that Miner be put on the team.

World Professional Champion Scott Cramer voiced his opinion and I believe his opinion sums “IT” up:

‘Congratulations to Ross Miner for the Silver Medal at Nationals! Oh, and Hey, US Figure Skating- It is so sad that even after that performance, the corrupt Olympic committee disregards this, and puts whoever they want on the Olympic Team. Why bother having a competition? Save us all the time and money. If you are going to “screw” someone over who legitimately deserves to represent this country in the Olympics, reimburse him for all of his lessons & training, ice-time, travel, etc. Why should anyone put all of the time and effort into training for this competition when it becomes meaningless, and the ultimate decision is pre-determined by a corrupt committee? It has ALWAYS been this way and just WORSE now. Ever wonder why y’all NEVER see ME in the rinks anymore? I steered my 4 kids away from Skating corruption, and into sports that are honest and ethical. Can you imagine if a football team wins their playoff game only to hear that the LOSING team moves on in the playoffs because they did better during the year, or their overall record was better?? Never… This is completely Ridiculous, US Figure Skating Olympic Committee is a joke…’ – Scott Cramer, World Professional Champion and Two Time Alternate to the US Olympic Figure Skating Team

In the past, the US National Figure Skating Championships that precedes the Winter Olympic Games every four years has always been so very exciting since who would represent the United States at the Olympic Games were selected at the conclusion of the competition, but…who would be on the team was almost set in stone based on the previous three years that preceded that “Nationals.” That changed with the IJS International Judging System, but it seems that US Figure Skating may have taken a step back and has returned to determining the US Olympic Figure Skating Team somewhat in advance.

“Nationals” is no longer the deciding factor for who is selected for the US Olympic Team anymore, so perhaps Olympic Figure Skating Team USA should be announced BEFORE the US Championships that coincides with an Olympic year? That would make “Nationals” just be another competition. If all the competitions of the season and the prior season are what US Figure Skating uses to decide on the Olympic team anyway, why make such a big deal out of Nationals every four years?

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

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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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