First of all, Tanith is a beginner in broadcasting. I believe #### Button was not a broadcast professional prior to his tenure with ABC, nor was Peggy Fleming. Both improved with time. I am certain that none of the figure skating professionals who have commentated and/or are commentating currently have broadcast backgrounds --however, they do have excellent references as competitive figure skaters..
I believe that, for a beginner, Tanith did an OK job --not the best, but most definitely not the worst I've heard. In my estimation, knowledge concerning competitive figure skating, as well as personal expertise regarding ISU rules concerning the discipline about which s/he is commentating are the most important qualifiers. As half of the first American ice dance team to recently make it to the podium in international ice dance competition, I believe Tanith undoubtedly qualifies. I am sure she will improve as she continues in her position.
Actually, icefan, I pick up some definite bias against Tanith Belbin in your complaint and how it is worded. I suggest that you seriously ponder why you wrote this post and what you would like to see happen as a result of its publication.
Couldn't agree more! I understand Tanith has a lot of knowledge - and I'd love to hear it - but not during other skater's performances.
Wiselder - PLEASE stop commenting on other people's opinions as if we were all sending in papers to be graded by you. I thought perhaps you would like to send icefan to the 'naughty corner!' Your opinions are valuable - we all want to hear them - but they are no more 'right' than anyone else's, but so often you talk down to other posters. Perhaps you've had a background in education? It certainly sounds that way sometimes - but we are not in your class.
How interesting. I actually think there's less yakking on icenetwork then on nbc and universal sports. And, most of the time there is no yakking on icenetwork - which I don't entirely enjoy either. Try watching dancesport/ballroom competitions. Now those guys don't know when to shut up when commentating. It'd be great if you could customize it for your choice. Maybe that's something that icenetwork could do in the future. Let us choose commentating or not when watching.
As for Tanith, I don't think she should lose her job because she's dating one of the competitors, so long as there is full disclosure - which I've always heard articulated by her. She's not judging, just "educating" viewers. I'm not an ice dancer, so I feel like I've learned some things from hearing her. Maybe if I were an ice dancer, I'd feel differently. But I like her commentating.
I liked Judy Blumberg's commentary as well. Susie Wynne was also good, but my personal favorites were the duo of Button and Fleming. I liked the fact that they spoke about elements other than jumps, such as position of spins, quality of spirals, footwork, etc.