Can a challenge flag change figure skating?

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform during the pairs free skating competition at the...

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada perform during the pairs free skating competition at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Sochi December 8, 2012. (REUTERS)

RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. - The Olympic gold medal or world title is hanging in the balance.

The scores flash on the big screen, a figure skater or two looks completely disgusted and the crowd starts booing, though they still don't know which of the faceless judges deserves the vitriol.

Suddenly, one of the skaters tosses a challenge flag -- just like a red-faced NFL coach -- onto the ice to dispute the marks as the audience roars in approval.

Would that dramatic turn rekindle your interest in skating?

Meagan Duhamel, attempting to defend her national pair title with partner Eric Radford at Canadians this week at Mississauga's Hershey Centre, wouldn't mind seeing something along those lines.

"We're thinking of different ways to do the competition," said the 27-year-old from Lively, near Sudbury. "Maybe after the scores come up, you can see (the score) for each element and as a skater, you're allowed one challenge (of the judges). If you're right, you get the points back and if you


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