New IDSF Juging System 15/12/2010

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It was the second time that the new IDSF Judging System was used in a Grand Slam Final. Last year, the feedback from athletes and officials was generally positive but called for further improvements to be made in certain areas.

The duration of the final, well over one hour in 2009, was considered far too long by the six couples who had to wait excessively between each of their solo dances. This has been remedied now, as a fast-paced conduct of the competition had the 30 dances completed and the results posted in all of 45 minutes. With the entire Grand Slam broadcast live around China, the decidedly more compact competition was also to the liking of the television producers.

Again, the new system produced results that are perfectly in line with those obtained through the traditional skating system. One only needs to look at the classifications of the recent World Standard and this Grand Slam: identical!

The closest fight in Wetzlar, GER, was certainly the one between Segatori – Sudol, GER, and Konovaltsev – Konovaltseva, RUS, for third place. If anything, the contest between the same couples got even closer in Shanghai: 220.14 versus 219.79. And this time the difference is perfectly quantified down to fractions in all the different Programme Components!

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