So I realize by now it is probably to late, but I was looking at the JOI site and found the list of how they would judge it.
- 30 skiers take 2 runs, best one counts. 10 skiers move on (+ 2 wild cards).
- 12 skiers take one run, top 10 advance.
- 10 skiers take one run, top 8 advance.
- 8 skiers take one run, top 6 advance.
- 6 skiers take one run, top 4 advance.
- 4 skiers take two runs, best one counts.
In this way the judges only have to look for the two worst skiers every run, which should make things a lot easier to get right. In the finals you have room to fall once so you can really bust out your best stuff and go for it! You never know before you tried it, but we are very excited about this format!
I remember reading Jon's blog around X games time last year and he was talking about how he really liked the jam format, and I don't really understand why he hasn't used it here.
Alot of the hype around JOI has been if Jon will build a jump big enough for triples, and if the athletes will try them. The problem I see is that noone will want to try it with only having the opportunity to do one or two jumps and not be sure if they will land it or not. Only doing one jump throughout most of the final round will force them to do tricks they are consistent with to make it through, and not go balls out and try stuff that hasn't been done before. If Jon had used the jam format similar to what was in X Games, the athletes would get multiple jumps and after landing decent scoring safety tricks, they could go back up and try something new and in the event that they landed, win the event with a never been done trick. Just a thought