You're A Mean One, Mr. Cinq!

Photograph of The Grinch with the face of International Skating Union President Ottavio Cinquanta

Since taking over the presidency of the ISU in 1994 from Norway's Olaf Poulsen, Italy's Ottavio Cinquanta has ruled "amateur" figure skating's governing body with an iron fist for almost fifteen years, implementing the IJS judging system that has turned figure skaters into clones. He allowed "The French judge" Marie-Reine Le Gougne back into the sport's good graces following the 2002 Salt Lake City scandal, illegally extended his own term by another 2 years (breaking the ISU's constitution) and even ignored petitions (plural) signed by millions of figure skating fans addressing concern after concern about the sport's governance and judging system. But, you know, it's the holiday season, and everyone deserves a little holiday cheer (in the style of Dr. Suess), even Mr. Grinch - I mean, Mr. Cinq...

"You're a mean one, Mr. Cinq.
You really are a sleaze.
You won't give up on IJS
Even though it's ruining the sport,
Mr. Cinq!
I wouldn't given your spin on things a level one.

You're a monster, Mr. Cinq.
You let Le Gougne back in the sport.
She would have been France's President
If not for thirty seven votes,
Mr. Cinq!
I wouldn't touch you with a
Thirty-nine and a half foot Skate Guard.

You're a vile one, Mr. Cinq.
ISU's constitution was broken for you.
Resolution No. 7 broke your very own rules,
Mr. Cinq!
Given the choice between you and Gailhaguet,
I'd rather a seasick Sally Stapleford.

You're a foul one, Mr. Cinq.
Every complaint just gets ignored.
From Yuna Kim in Sochi
to Denis Ten in 2013,
Mr. Cinq.

The three best words that best describe you,
Are as follows, and I quote

You're a rotter, Mr Cinq.
Where's your objective eye?
The mess that you've created
is staring you in the face,
Mr. Cinq.

IJS is an appalling dump heap
Overflowing with the most disgraceful
Assortment of deplorable ways to make skaters skate imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up rules!

You nauseate me, Mr Cinq.
Please retire now!
Let someone else do it
Who isn't going to screw it,
Mr. Cinq.

You're a three-decker Salchow
And sardine sandwich,
With flutzy sauce!

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