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Sasha Cohen, Michael Weiss, and Gymnastics Scoring

Well, kind of. printed an AP article that writes about the (relatively) new gymnastics scoring system, and compares it to the code of points change in figure skating that was brought on by 2002's Olympic judging scandal. Sasha Cohen and Michael Weiss add their opinions of the systems:

Oddly, when figure skating altered its scoring system following the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics scandal, the programs became more complex, but not more hazardous. That was good for the purists who wanted to see more footwork and varied spins. For the fans who love the men doing quad after quad and the women trying outlandish combination jumps, well, not so much.Plus, the programs became more uniform.

"It changed the individuality of our sport," 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen said. "The new rules created a certain system which we all had to follow for points and we spent certainly a lot less time for choreography.

"All the elements take longer now and everyone is doing very similar things. The good part, though, is it challenges skaters to have greater variety in their skating."

Three-time U.S. skating champion Michael Weiss, whose father was an Olympic gymnast in 1964, knows enough about that sport to observe, "A lot of athletes, when they are done with gymnastics, have long-term injuries that can plague them for the rest of their lives."

I think most fans would go ahead and agree with Cohen on most of her sentiments. Not sure though, where the real challenge is to have greater variety - I am thinking she means it's some sort of personal challenge to try to actually make your program stand out, even though all of the changes in your spiral sequence (for example) look like everyone else's because you get more points for changing position three million times (sometimes I exaggerate. that's what I do) and have run out of ideas.