6.0 almost completely phased out

Updated: October 20, 2004, 7:24 PM ET
Associated Press

Figure skating's 6.0 mark has been, essentially, deep-sixed.

After decades of scores like 5.3 and 5.6 and, every so often, that hallowed 6.0, fans watching Skate America this weekend in Pittsburgh will see something different. Touch-screen computers in front of every judge. Marks for "program components." Scores in the 60s and 70s, and maybe even -- gasp -- triple digits.

"I think it will produce better and more well-rounded skating programs. That's my hope," said Chuck Foster, ...

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