By Eric Evonsion
An analysis of the first four events in regards to excitement including some thoughts on the controversial Bobsleigh scoring and penalty system.
A Ranking of the First Four Events
These rankings are based on how exciting / interesting each event was. How the teams did will not be factored in.
4 . Ski Jump
Not much to say other than a pretty dull event. It was fun to see a new record set, but the camera angle made it hard for viewers at home to truly see how well the marbles performed. I think with a little more variety in camera angle the event could be more exciting.
3 . Halfpipe
A good event, but not a great event. The formatting was a little weird as it was just whoever spent the longest time. I’d much rather see the format used in the 5m Ice Dash where it’s a head to head competition rather than on time. It was a fun team event to watch, but not as good as the other two events.
2 . 5m Ice Dash
The format of this event was by far and away the best. A head to head race with a semifinals and a finals made it so that each marble always gave it their all. Also the event came down to milliseconds which made it a fun one to watch at home. No real improvements can be made to this event, but I think it’s one of the best events in this years games.
1 . Bobsleigh
This event was ELECTRIC. It was a fast event and it was exciting. Also, the sharp turns and marbles rolling out of the sleigh makes it #1. You could never really tell which team was poised to have a big run, or when a team would slow down. This kept me interested the whole race. The major downside was the scoring ambiguities as this was confusing to me and many other fans. If the scoring is cleaned up and there is a better system put in place, this event would be even better. It was ELECTRIC nonetheless.
Here is the official penalty scoring for the Bobsleigh Event:
The track has been divided in 3 sections:
- Section A is the section between the start and the second curve (the right edge of the JMR sign near the white cam). 3 penalty seconds per escaped marble
- Section B is the section between the second curve and the 7th curve (at the right edge of the round ML18 snowflake logo). 2 penalty seconds per escaped marble.
- Section C is the section between the 7th curve and the finish. 1 penalty second per escaped marble.
I, as do many other fans, think that this scoring system is a little confusing, so I believe there should be a different scoring system. Many fans proposed that teams should either get multiple runs, or have to perform a clean run for the time to count. I agree. I think the best way is to allow a team 2 runs down and take whatever their best time is or the farthest they were able to get before a marble popped out. I think this would make it fairer to teams that truly exemplify what team events are about. In addition, giving teams 2 runs makes it so that DNFs would be less common. These are changes I could see being put into future Marblelympics events.