WOS Judges Speak Out... What Gives a Competitive Performance the
At one of our Sectional Championships, judges were asked the
following questions, in an attempt to both inform AND perhaps
inspire our skaters to great performances at this Sectionals,
What is your definition of a Competitive Skater?
- a skater who is driven by the pursuit of
- a skater who is able to pull it together
- a skater who shows the fighting instinct
- grits their teeth and gives every element their BEST effort
- a skater who can consistently perform at
his/her BEST or beyond in almost every competitive situation
- a skater who obviously enjoys the challenge
- a skater who shows the DESIRE and DRIVE
to do his/her best at all costs, can show a personal best consistently
- a skater must have the willingness to make
sacrifices for skating in order to achieve, with the conviction
that the rewards are immeasurable
- a skater who consistently shows high levels
of training and conditioning, maximizing his/her ability, and
demonstrates high aspirations for his/her performance
- a skater that has the stamina, power and
strength to cover the ice with power while completing the elements
- a skater who demonstrates musicality, expression,
performance qualities to connect the elements with full body
commitment to the music
- a skater who does it when it counts
- a skater who skates with obvious JOY; those
watching sense a total love of the ice and the sport arising
from within the skater
- when the choice could be "bail out" or 2-foot
a jump landing, the skater somehow manages to get 1 foot under
him/her and pull out a "landed jump"
- the skater who shows an ability to focus
clearly on each element done in a performance, and maximize
the quality and detail within each
What do you feel gives one competitive skater an obvious edge
- a skater who shows an ability to listen,
feel and skate to all aspects of the music in the program
- a skater who skates with "soul"
- a skater who demonstrates an outward confidence,
with an obvious gift of talent too
- a skater who shows an ability to mentally
face the challenge calmly, positively and joyously
- those skaters that go out and ATTACK their
program and GO FOR IT any time they skate
- those skaters that demonstrate a good, realistic
and honest work ethic and discipline in training. It seems to
- skaters that have an ability to perform
consistently regardless of the external environment - an ability
to FOCUS and get the job done
- skaters who demonstrate an understanding
of the importance of the quality and detail aspects of every
- obviously needs a good support team - coaches,
- when the skater, music and program composition
combine to send a special message - that perfect union skated
with total conviction
- energy and power!
Do you assess the "heart and soul" or "sheer competitiveness"
of a skater in assigning your mark? i.e. a "gutsy" performance?
Skaters, we wish you all the best of luck!
- Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!
- both are necessary for the ultimate performance
- the skater who "goes for it" and falls will
get more credit than the one who backs off, pops jumps, and
might skate more cleanly (no wimping out, please!)
- it is never a substitute for Quality, but
can make a difference when many factors are equal.