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6.0 Figure Skating Judging System

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Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean Received Nine Perfect 6.0 Scores at the 1984 Winter Olympics

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean Received Nine Perfect 6.0 Scores at the 1984 Winter Olympics

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Definition: The 6.0 figure skating judging system was the judging system used at most figure skating competitions until the new ISU figure skating judging system was implemented shortly after the 2002 Olympics.

Judges awarded competitors with two scores: a technical merit score and a presentation score. The highest score a skater could receive was a "Perfect 6.0."

Marks ranged from 0.0 to 6.0:

0 — not skated
1 — very poor
2 — poor
3 — mediocre
4 — good
5 — very good
6 — perfect & faultless

Olympic Champions, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, received nine perfect 6.0 scores for free dance performance at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Also Known As: The Old Judging System

The Old 6.0 Figure Skating Judging System

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The 6.0 figure skating judging system is really a “majority rules” system. Under the system, an ice skating competition is judged by an odd number of judges. A skater will win if a majority of judges awards the skater with a first place score. (It is possible for a skater to be ranked first with 3 judges, and last with two other judges, and win an event.)

The 6.0 system is still used at some figure skating competitions in the United States.

Most figure skating fans liked the old 6.0 figure skating judging system since it was easier to understand than the new IJS system.

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