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Do you find it difficult to understand how scoring is done or points awarded in some Olympic sports? If so, which sports?


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Figure skating. The degree of difficulty seems very subjective, to the point that the bribed judges can cheat blatantly and get away with it.

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Figure skating indeed, gymnastics, diving in a pool and these "artsy" swimming performances. Essentially, everything which is supposed to have some "artsy" component seems very subjective to say the least...

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Really? Figure Skating and the others you named are the easiest to understand of all if it comes to scoring. You just let the art away and look if the country flag of the participant fits anyhow to those in the jury’s or referees’ and add a bonus or subtract a certain amount of points for former rankings , age, being famous, cute, and wokeness level. The trick is only to know when to add, when to subtract. But you’ll surely get a feeling for that quickly.

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Boxing has tried to nail down the criteria for the judges but many don’t seem to bother with it.

Could be backhanders involved.

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I still don't get tennis.

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I still don't get tennis.

Ball in, win one point. Ball out, your opponent wins a point.

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Pukey, you forgot serves, two chances to get the ball in.

And a detail: ball into judge, your opponent wins the game.

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Synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, skateboarding, snow boarding, and some aspects of gymnastics as well.

There is no "winner" or "loser" based upon a head-to-head competition like scoring a goal, or getting the "ippon" in Judo, or the fastest time!

The "artsy" kind of events were added, in my opinion, because those swimmers, or rhythmic gymnastics "athletes" had a hard time, or couldnt "make" it in the "real" sports!

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Surfing. Should not be an event anywhere. It is a lifestyle, not something to be rated.

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Skateboarding - mainly don't know anything about difficulty, and how going down different rails is harder? But I suppose minor research could possibly alleviate that.

Syndiving - again more knowledge would help. Like over rotating is mentioned when they are desync but which partner was at fault since the splash they made seemed similar but the arch was different.

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The judges in the 'artsy' events will have spent decades in the sport and will see things we don't down to tiny details. That doesn't mean that the results can't be fixed - ice skating has a bit of a reputation. Multiple judges are often used, with averages or highest/lowest discarded to limit bias and subjectivity.

Contact sports now use embedded sensors. Versions of VAR are now used with requested appeals in many sports. Camera footage from multiple angles is then available.

It's not perfect. A VAR ref may not want to undermine his mate on the pitch, and what I consider cheating, some consider 'professionalism' and folk from some countries consider 'part of the game'.

The best way to work out the scoring and rules is to watch a sport and listen to the commentary. Good commentators will guide you and explain unusual events. The 3 on 3 basketball is new but rather good. It's accessible. A few kids, a ball and a hoop and you can train for the Olympics. Just avoid the Serbs, who are very good but very physical. One team seemed to be mixed, whilst others were not, which was unusual.

The skateboarding seemed a bit weird. On during the day as some of the contestants had early bed times. But suspend your disbelief and you can work out what they are trying to do. It must be difficult as so many runs looked like Epic Fail videos on YouTube. Was that real concrete or padded? Not a sport for anyone with older, less bouncy bodies. Japanese youths are very good on skateboards. After the Games, there will be a huge increase in Japanese teenagers being told to stop skateboarding in public spaces.

I have trouble watching sailing. Unless they are actually going round a marker, they seem to be randomly scattered, but I guess they are using the wind and tide. Hockey rules sometimes seem a bit random too.

I wonder why they invented a load of weird sub-optimal swimming strokes. Just for competition?

My favourite moment so far is the Chinese weightlifter. On his way to a gold, he actually lifted a leg and stood on one leg with the weights above his head. Another weightlifter (Korean I think) had rainbow shoelaces. One weightlifter appealed a decision on how long he had the bar aloft. It was granted. I thought he was quite lucky. Fine margins.

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Always a stickler for comprehension, qualifications & prior research to offer any opinion or observation, exactly which events have You trained in and competed?:

- @Yubaru 6:37pm: “Synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, skateboarding, snow boarding, and some aspects of gymnastics as well. The "artsy" kind of events were - added, in my opinion, because those swimmers, or rhythmic gymnastics "athletes" had a hard time, or couldnt "make" it in the "real" sports!” -

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