Press Release regarding the Formation of the Athlete's Commission
Flyers with this press release were being distributed during the
ladies' free skate competition at the 2003 World Championships, on
March 29, 2003. I received my copy from Scott Wendland.
Text of the press release
On March 29, 2003, the athletes held a meeting at the Metro Marriott
Hotel, in Washington D.C. The outcome of this meeting, open to all
international athletes in attendance at the World Championships, was the
formation of an athlete-based organization. We are now in the
formulation stage of putting together an athlete's commission to have a
voice and a vote in figure skating worldwide.
We have discussed and voted on seven different issues that we would
like to see implemented within the figure skating organization. Each
of these items was passed with a unanimous vote.
The issues are:
As athletes, we feel strongly that the sport of figure skating will benefit
greatly from the formation of this commission and are very excited about the
future of our sport.
- We moved to form a commission of athletes.
- We are vehemently against anonymous judging, feeling that all judges
should be held accountable for the marks that they give at that time.
- We want an athlete representative on the ISU council and technical
committees and all other committees with not only a voice, but voting
- We want to revise the sanctions and eligibility rules -- opening
up the eligibility rules in the ISU and member federations.
- We want urgent action by the ISU to enforce ISU rule 366 section 4,
revealing judges' total marks for all events retroactive to the beginning
of the 2002/2003 competitive season.
"Protocols of single and pairs skating competitions must indicate for each
competitor/pair marks and total points obtained from each judge in each
part of the competition, calculating matrixes and the final result;" ISU
rule 366 #4
- We want harsher penalties for judges who are found to have corrupted
an event with unethical behavior, including lifetime bans with a
zero-tolerance policy. We would also like a clause included protecting
- This commission will hold meetings at all Grand Prix events, the
World Championships as well as all other major international
The International Athlete's Commission
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