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The Judge Survey
- This week, we had elite and NCAA judges complete an anonymous survey, and they did NOT hold back. We discuss:
- Parents offering sexual favors to get their children higher scores
- Judges getting bribed to adjust scores
- The deep generational tension permeating NCAA women’s judging
- The politics of changing scores to stay in range with the rest of the panel
- Judging: Not for the faint of heart. Stories about thrown projectiles, threats of bodily harm, and the very real danger presented by passionate grandparents
- Judges offer up what needs to change in judging, including deep racial bias from other judges and the impossibility of judging accurately in NCAA
- The judges sound off on what they get most unfairly criticized for
- The biggest misconceptions about gymnastics judging—like the importance of lineup order and the alleged subjectivity of judging
- Plus, the hero child who punched the beam, a spate of judge food poisoning, and an important lesson about why you don’t go to the bathroom to complain about the judges
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