March 7, 2014

No Figure Skating in Sochi

... anymore.

It's not a Paralympic sport. But I went and googled "paralympic" and "figure skating" and got this.

Inclusive Skating

They are hoping to become a part of the Paralympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea in 2018.

I found this paragraph in the Global Project for Inclusive Skating tab to be of interest:

However, with the introduction and development of the new International Judging System (IJS) by the International Skating Union (ISU), the door has been opened for a radically new way to approach the sport of ice skating for challenged athletes. The IJS, for the first time, allows athletes to be evaluated on an “absolute” mark, something which can then be realistically adjusted by an internationally agreed impairment compensation reflecting the athlete’s specific disability. This impairment compensation is based on an internationally accepted system known as the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, edited by Rondinelli and devised by the American Medical Association, that converts impairments to a % whole person impairment (WPI).

Well, maybe that at least one good thing to come out of the new judging system.

Let's keep an eye out for them. The more people involved in skating, the better. Don't you think?

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