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Scoring System 'Huge Success'

November 04, 2002|Helene Elliott

The proposed cumulative scoring system, which got its second test at Skate Canada, was declared "a huge success" by International Skating Union consultant Ted Barton. However, ISU officials said they must refine some provisions, such as weighting elements according to their difficulty and defining the "well-balanced program" skaters must perform.

An expert observer identified each move to an inputter, who displayed it on the computers before 14 judges. Judges rated the execution on a scale of minus-3 to plus-3 for the technical mark and then awarded a presentation score. A computer randomly selected seven scores to determine the marks, but the ISU wouldn't say if the results matched those of the interim system being used.

ISU Secretary-General Fredi Schmid said a finished version could be in place next season.

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