Nile Wilson wins Dancing on Ice

Congratulations to Nile and partner Olivia Smart.

Nile was the first male competitor ever to show the ‘headbanger‘ — 😀. It’s actually banned in competitive skating.

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Ski Jumping Judging Bias

Ski jumping competitions involve subjective evaluations by judges from different countries.

This may lead to nationalistic bias, according to which judges assign higher scores to their compatriots.

To test this claim empirically, we exploit within-performance variation of scores from all World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic Games competitions between the 2010/11 and 2016/17 seasons. (15,000 jumps)

Our findings confirm that judges assign significantly higher scores to their compatriots. The magnitude of this nationalistic bias is significantly higher in more corrupt countries.

We do not find that judges assign significantly different scores to jumpers whose compatriots are present on the judging panel. …

March 2021 – Scandinavian Journal of EconomicsNationalistic Bias among International Experts: Evidence from Professional Ski Jumping

Most biased were the Russian judges. Judges from Finland and Norway showed no bias.

video analysis in Figure Skating

Seems to me Omega is ahead of Fujitsu in technology.

11 Olympic Ice Dancing teams train with Ice Academy of Montreal

Coaches Marie-France Dubreuil and her husband Patrice Lauzon coach all 3 American tandems, Chinese, British, Spaniards, Japanese, Armenians and the No. 2 Canadians. Also the gold medal winning French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

Because coaches at the sideboards usually wear nationally branded Games jackets and coats to complement their skaters, Dubreuil has a stack of outerwear that she has rotated through practice sessions and through last week’s team event, where her American ice dancers won silver, and her Japanese bronze. …

Canadian figure skating coaching couple boasts astonishing 11 Olympic ice dance teams