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in the London arena back home to fans huddled around another iPad in the United States.
The International Olympic Committee is determined to reach a younger demographic with the Youth Olympics and the inclusion of more X Games style sports. But figure skating? It remains stuck in the past. That might not be a problem for a Games in Sochi and a Russian renaissance, but, long term, it will kill the sport.
In response, they shelved the sport's immensely popular but flawed 6.0 scoring system for an anonymous points based system that few truly understand to this day. Even though it has produced some fairer results, this was a huge marketing mistake. The 6.0 system was reality TV before there was reality TV. It was Dancing with the Stars before anyone ever heard of the show, with the flags of the judges' countries and their scores superimposed over the skater watching in the aptly named "Kiss and Cry" area. Every TV show on earth wanted what skating had, and skating gave it all away.
A tiny arena, not even 7,000 seats in all, unable to be filled to capacity for any single event until more than halfway through the competition. In ice crazy Canada. Eleven months before the Winter Olympics.
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?
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Story HighlightsPoor attendance also hurt world championships in CanadaJudges awarded Patrick Chan the gold medal despite sloppy errors, fallsFrench judge scandal in 2002 hurt sport more than officials let on
A sport adrift, its president not even bothering to cross the Atlantic to attend what is not only the most important competition the International Skating Union annually holds, but also once was one of the most revered and most watched of any world championships in any Olympic sport, winter or summer.
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While the sport still is thriving in Asia and Russia, it feels way too old in North America and Europe. The sport's leaders will never vote themselves out of office, but Gucci Belt Red White Blue
and judges can't prop it up
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.
A sport that has fallen on such hard times that the worlds were not shown live on television in the United States on a network that's easily accessible to most Americans. Olympic coach, Audrey Weisiger, to find a webcast on a Latvian TV web site for the week. It also forced one innovative fan to use Facetime on her iPad to "broadcast" the skaters' programs from her seat Gucci Belt Brown
From left to right, Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, Patrick Chan of Canada and Javier Fernandez of Spain pose with their medals at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, on Saturday.(Photo: Tom Szczerbowski USA TODAY Sports)
What happened? Equal parts inevitability and incompetence, that's what. television program (not just sports), skating had only one place to go, and it wasn't up. Eight years after that soap opera, the French judge scandal occurred at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, exposing skating's dark underbelly of deal making and competition fixing. That hurt more than the sport's leaders will ever let on.
And to think that less than two decades ago, the world figure skating championships actually received higher TV ratings than March Madness. Really.
LONDON, Ontario I came to the world figure skating championships to cover the most important winter sports event leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
This once grand and glorious sport is dying a slow but steady death, at least in the United States. It's also not doing anywhere near as well as it once did in Canada, where the world championships regularly sold out in huge arenas in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary over the past 17 years.
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