Moguls; Ski Jumping: Honestly a Scored Event?

Justin DahlkeContributor IFebruary 20, 2010

WHISTLER, BC - FEBRUARY 19:  Wolfgang Loitzl of Austria soars off the Long Hill during the qualification round on day 8 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Ski Jumping Stadium on February 19, 2010 in Whistler, Canada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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I've been watching the Olympics like its a religion.  I promise you the Olympics a TV lock for me.  However, when I watch sports such as the moguls or the ski jump I start to question the process of judging.

I've watched the Olympics from day one and as thrilled as I am to see Americans win, I don't believe it is always necessarily true.

When it comes to sports I believe it should come down to provable statistics (i.e. time, distance, points (earned)). 

For Olympic sports such as the moguls and the ski jump I don't believe the form of the athlete should be judged in past years of the Olympic those two sports were based on time and distance alone respectively.

Since, I believe 1988, both sports have added a scored element.  Ski jumping added a form score and moguls added a "tricks" score.

Prior to that the scores were both made on tangible items (distance and time).

Granted the score portion adds a more impressive element to the moguls, however when I think of ski jump I immediately think of who can jump the furthest, not who can hold the perfect form.

It almost upsets me to think that the International Olympic Committee believes that some of these sports require a scored portion of sport.

Thoughts about judged Olympic sports?

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