ISU to consider reducing number of component criteria and dividing judging panel in figure skating

According to Russia’s Match TV, proposals have been put forward regarding judging in figure skating – including reducing the number of program component criteria, as well as potentially dividing the judging panel into two groups. These will be considered at the International Skating Union (ISU) Congress from June 6 to 10 in Phuket, Thailand.

A group headed by Russian judge Alla Shekhovtsova has proposed to reduce the number of program component criteria from five to three. Currently, the program component score is made up of evaluations for Skating Skills, Transitions, Performance, Composition, and Interpretation. Judges award points on a scale from 0.25 to 10 for those components to grade the overall presentation. The new proposal would only leave Skating Skills, Performance, and Composition.

The below descriptions of the program component evaluations are provided by the ISU:

Additionally, the Royal Dutch Skating Federation have proposed to divide the judging panel into two groups – one to evaluate technical elements and the other to evaluate program components.

Currently, there is a technical panel which is responsible for identifying technical elements and determining errors and levels of difficulty for spins and step sequences; a separate judging panel grades the quality of the technical elements – with the grade of execution (GOE) score – and evaluate the forementioned program components.

The Netherlands put forward the idea to have one set of judges solely evaluating the technical elements (including determining the GOE) while the second set of judges only focuses on program components.

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