U. S. figure skater Adam Rippon made his Olympic first Monday morning to exceptional evaluations from audiences watching at home, yet judges in Pyeongchang, South Korea were not as impressed.
Right after skating a flawless routine famous as one of the best of his career simply by commentators Tara Lipinski and Ashton Weir, judges ranked Rippon 2nd behind Mikhail Kolyada for Olympic Athletes of Russia. After Tanker Chan of Canada performed plus nabbed the top spot, Rippon has been bumped down to third.
Whilst both Kolyada and Chan dropped during their performances, their routines got higher degrees of difficulty than Rippon’ s, which led to higher ratings (even with the missteps).
People on Twitter were quick to convey their outrage at the judges plus scoring system that Rippon was initially rated second, then third, within the men’ s free skate, specifically considering he didn’ t drop once and seemed to slay their routine.
According to USA Today , the rating system used to evaluate men’ t figure skating performances grants factors to skaters who try brand new, different and challenging moves ― like the famous quadruple jump.
Therefore even though skaters are penalized a single point for falling, they nevertheless may earn more points general for attempting those elements plus executing parts of the move properly.
Rippon ended the competition in 3rd place, but his strong overall performance contributed to Team USA nabbing third place in the overall standing from the team event, as of this article.
Nevertheless, Twitter was pissed. Check out a few of the responses below.