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Hi everyone -Turin here we come! Just for fun, I thought I would post my IAsk questions  for Artistry that I will be asking during theCBC broadcasts this week.  I have used www.fsuniverse.net,  Twitter (@skatingpj) & the shows to start conversations. The response has been GREAT and some really interesting points have been made all season long which makes me hopeful that you will weigh in here too! 

Either leave your comment making sure to use the question# in your response or email me at pjkwong@pjkwong.com and you just might make the IAsk answer segment on TV! I think it's going to be a great competition. I can't wait to get started @7am ET on Tuesday morning! Thanks to all! Cheers, Pj

#1 Post Olympic Worlds-out with the old and in with the new?
It seems that there are two schools of thought. Do you think that skaters should be obliged to participate in Worlds (barring illness or other extenuating cirsumstances) after the Olympic Games in order to preserve the quality of the event or is it exciting to really start to see the younger skaters start to hit their stride? 
#2 Does Olympic result affect Skater's Worlds Strategy?
What effect do you see an Olympic performance (for good or bad) having on a skater's Worlds strategy?
#3 Figure Skating or Figure Jumping? 
Will increasing the value of a Quad jump mean that skaters will start to focus less on components or is there room for everything in the 4 1/2 minute program? 
#4 Pair Skating and Hitting the Ceiling
It seems as time goes on there are fewer teams performing elements like 3A and 4Sthrows and 4TW....is it possible that Pair Skating has hit the "technical ceiling"? Is it a case of not worth the risk or beyond the human abilities of most skaters?
#5 OD Dream Theme
 
If you had your way...what would be your OD dream theme? (For real or for fun )

#6 Men's Field - the deep end of the pool :)

How does the depth of talent in the men's field impact the level of competition?

#7 Yu-Na Kim's Longevity - How long is long enough?

Does Yu-Na Kim need longevity to truly be considered a figure skating icon in the same vein as Sonja Henie, Barbara Ann Scott or Michelle Kwan? (Of course there are others - but as examples)

#8 Dancing to a different tune...

As innovators, Virtue and Moir have helped to shift the focus away from traditional ballroom to more athletic movement. Is Ice Dance headed in the right direction

#9 Women and the 3A

Will a common 3A be the next threshold and the way to advance the sport of women's figure skating?


 
9 Comment(s):
Barron said...
Yuna's impressive records are a stuff of a legend already; she was never off the podium during her 9 year career in international competitions. She won 13 out of 18 senior international competitions, which includes seven GPs, three GPFs, one Worlds, and the Vancouver Olympics. Her winning margin over her closest competitor was often by over 20 points. She set 11 world records for the 4 year senior career and she was the first on who broke the 200 barrier for ladies. Just looking at the numbers, she is a legend already. Watching her perform, one may not need the numbers to realize that she truly is one.
Saturday, August 7, 2010 6:38 AM
 
Susan said...
PJ, I loved your interviews with the Canadian choreographers. It was extremely interesting to learn how they create their programs. Great questions! My question for you is, when do you sleep!!!
Friday, March 26, 2010 3:03 PM
 
SmileyGirl said...
#7 Yu-na Kim longevity. I don't think one needs the longevity to be an icon, but the solidity wouldn't be the same as, say, Katarina Witt. Either way, I really enjoy her skating and would like to see more of her skate. The ladies short event is such a marathon! Thank you for your wonderful analysis throughout.
Friday, March 26, 2010 11:15 AM
 
Roland coutu said...
Yu-Na Kim is going well but let's just wait a little bit more.BTW, Cynthia Phaneuf scored 66.30 in the short at the 2010 Nationals. How come it doesn't count as her season best or even her personal best ever? You saw it, you were there!
Friday, March 26, 2010 10:26 AM
 
babypook said...
Few of us will ever forget the iconic dance programs from great teams like Torvil and Dean's Bolero, the Duschenay's Missing, Bourne and Kraatz's River Dance. When magic happens on the ice, the rules need to change with it. Skaters should be encouraged to push the envelope. It is a discipline yes; but it is also a business. And when the audience is positively overwhelmed by what the skaters have created, they have advanced the sport, and they should be rewarded on paper, not just as a side note in the pages of history. But above all else, it's the 'judging' which needs to keep this a sport, and to resurrect all of the respect which has been lost to stacked, unethical judging practices. Any judge caught cheating, should be turfed for life; not just six months to a year. And the whistle blowers should be protected, not punished along with the horrible cheaters who have helped ruin the sport. Without that, nothing the skaters do matters in any ISU event. But they can capture the hearts of all figure skating fans.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:50 PM
 
babypook said...
#9 No, I dont believe the 3A is a way to 'advance' women's figure skating. It's always nice to see, but making it de rigueur for women isnt what figure skating is about.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:41 PM
 
babypook said...
Before I post my answers Pj, I want to express how much I love your broadcasts and analyses of ISU figure skating events! I've been following your coverage for several years now, including the live chats, and you are simply the best there is. #7 Yu Na Kim is one of a kind, and her Gold Medal Vancouver win is one for the books. But to be truly legendary, she needs the longetivity. Tara Lipinski may have retired far too soon. Her victories are recorded, but she is not in that upper strata of great skaters. #5 My ideal OD? It probably wont happen, but how I would love to see them do shorter versions of iconic programs; the Duschesnays' Missing, Torvil and Dean's Bolero, Sale and Pelletiers Love Story, Bourne and Kraatz's River Dance,
Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:37 PM
 
cherill said...
#5 - I really like the latin music. Would like to see the merengue or salsa, or tangos or mambos, etc. I will say I will miss the compulsaries, not so much for the idea of a compulsary, but because I wonder if we will lose seeing the basic ballroom dances in the future. I would hate to never see the dancers do the tango, or the paso doble, or even a beautiful viennese waltz. That's whats nice about the OD, at least they have to actually dance. Sorry, but some of the free dances are pretty strange. I appreciate the skill of Belbin & Agosto, but feel very strongly that the Ave Maria is NOT dance music. Just my opinion. Love your commentary, by the way.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:04 PM
 
babypook said...
Before I post my answers Pj, I want to express how much I love your broadcasts and analyses of ISU figure skating events! I've been following your coverage for several years now, including the live chats, and you are simply the best there is. #7 Yu Na Kim is one of a kind, and her Gold Medal Vancouver win is one for the books. But to be truly legendary, she needs the longetivity. Tara Lipinski may have retired far too soon. Her victories are recorded, but she is not in that upper strata of great skaters. #5 My ideal OD? It probably wont happen, but how I would love to see them do shorter versions of iconic programs; the Duschesnays' Missing, Torvil and Dean's Bolero, Sale and Pelletiers Love Story, Bourne and Kraatz's River Dance,
Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:02 AM
 
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