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Garden Kitty
02-22-2011, 07:04 PM
I really, really, really want to go to Quebec City. But the closest hotel to the arena (based on Google Maps) is a 35 minute walk? And a 15 minute walk just to get coffee? I do not intend to drive. Is public transportation at all doable? .

I went when Skate Canada was there last time. I stayed at a hotel in the city and took the bus each day. The arena was about a 3-5 block walk from the bus stop. It was no problem getting there in the AM. On the way back (when everyone was leaving around the same time) the buses were packed and you might have to wait for a second or third bus before you could board, but they came regularly and I never had a big problem.

You could walk to the mall for lunch or a break, but it was a slightly longer walk than it appears at first.

shutterbug
02-22-2011, 07:28 PM
Does anyone have any idea as to when tickets might go on sale for this event?

Wouldn't it be relatively soon?

September apparently according to Skate Canada's twitter.

Sally1214
02-22-2011, 08:44 PM
September apparently according to Skate Canada's twitter.

Thanks! :)

Lara
02-22-2011, 09:41 PM
I really hope I can go to *something*. Be it SC (I have a friend in Mississauga I could stay with), GPF or 4CC.

Yay for Quebec City! But wish it could be Montreal finally...can't some rich skating fan donate funds for an adequate sized rink? :P

Rob
02-22-2011, 11:09 PM
I would love to go to Quebec City, but early December is not a good vacation time for me, and I have tickets to the Army Navy football game on 12/10.

SC is a possibility if SA isn't closer. I guess they announced SA last year in mid-March.

victoriaheidi
02-23-2011, 12:00 AM
I don't think I can go to the GPF...but I'm not positive. I'm starting college next year, so it just depends on my finals schedule.

But I'm really hoping to go to SA this year!

ebayj
02-23-2011, 07:07 AM
Sigh. An embarrassment of riches - US Nats 2012 in my backyard in San Jose, GP Final in Quebec City in Dec 2011 (one of my favorite cities in the world) and 4CC 2012 an easy trip away in Colorado Springs. This is not going to be an easy decision process.

acadia
02-23-2011, 08:50 PM
That is terrific news that the GPF will be in Quebec City! I couldn't find out from the article how and when tickets will be available? If anyone knows could you please post the info.?

I've never been to a Grand Prix Final and I am really looking forward to going... I'm happy this will be within driving distance for me!

Wondering, too, for anyone who has been to a GPF before, is there a gala on Sunday evening? Also, what happens on Thursday?

The dates are Dec. 8-11 and I'm wondering if I'll want to plan to stay over Sunday night or if everything will end in the afternoon?

kwanfan1818
02-23-2011, 08:54 PM
Quebec City is gorgeous, and there is a lot to do and see there that you won't get to do (or do much of) during the competition, including eating great food. If you can afford the time and $ to stay an extra overnight (or two or three), you won't regret it.

Fort
04-29-2011, 01:42 AM
Skate Canada made the announcement today of pre-sale all event tickets for GPF 2011, going on sale only between May 3-11.
http://www.skatecanada.ca/

manhn
05-03-2011, 11:25 PM
Anyone buy their tickets today? Got mine. Can't wait!

kimkom
05-03-2011, 11:36 PM
Got mine too! I'm looking forward to seeing you again! :cheer2:

Ziggy
05-04-2011, 01:42 AM
I am very happy that, other than the Australian event, all other JGPs are in Europe.

Sorry NA fans but most federations don't use the spots for events outside Europe because they aren't able to afford it.


oki doki lets get into the details
Singles - down to 10 entries each
Dance - down to 8 entries each
Pairs - remains at 8

Top 6 from worlds can do 3 events like in the past

ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?

Not only will there be less spots, the top skaters will now be able to do one extra event, further taking away the opportunity from skaters lower down the rankings to compete.

F*** ISU. Honestly, I hope Cinquanta goes under a bus.

Kudos for making figure skating a more and more exclusive sport.

It looks like they don't give a rat's ass about skating outside the few top countries. Bastards. :mad:


minimum score will be implemented at 2/3 of the previous season top score ... example Pairs S/S currently first with 210.72 so minimum score would be 140.48

minimum score can be achieved in the previous season or at the autumn internationals like Nebelhorn Trophy

Great. :rolleyes:

So under this rule, Kadlecova/Bidar who are a very promising young team and have been giving good performances all season will not be eligible to compete at the GP.

What is the benefit of that exactly?

As Oleda said:

Is the ISU trying to kill the sport?

And consider how relatively overmarked the best performances usually are.

By that I mean: if the judges know that someone has clearly given a best performance, then they go overboard with the marks, especially the PCS.

Savchenko/Szolkowy, Chan and Davis/White all gave great performances at Worlds but judging an average skater against the marks they were given is just ridiculous.

There are some Worlds where the winning performance is nothing special and some where it's clearly head and shoulders above the rest (the current Worlds are the second kind).

Sandra that minimum score is for GP only, right? Or is the new minimum score in general?

I mean, if it's for Euros and Worlds too, then they've just killed the sport...

Surely that can't pass, it will destroy the sport!


massive change to the substitution rules
the list is updated after each ISU senior event and published on the ISU homepage. if a skater or pair withdraws the first one in the ranking of the substitute list has to be invited. no more replacing with the lowest ranked skaters on the list. it has to be the number 1 on the list of substitutes.

At least some good news!

That definitely makes sense. And it enables skaters who performed well in the CURRENT season to get invited.

If that was in place this season, teams like Zhiganshina/Gazsi and Walden/Edwards could have had a chance (well depending on the current minimum score). It will also create a further incentive for skaters to do B-Internationals.


I can live without all of those skaters.

Well, it's not about you.

It's about giving incentives for skaters to train and compete, to keep the sport going.

If I was an average level skater, the prospects of not being able to do the GP and taking part in humiliating Preliminary Round that won't even get broadcast anywhere would surely motivate me to sacrifice a huge part of my life and my health to daily, gruelling practices. :rolleyes:

kwanfan1818
05-04-2011, 02:19 AM
minimum score will be implemented at 2/3 of the previous season top score ... example Pairs S/S currently first with 210.72 so minimum score would be 140.48
Was this from an example, or did the magazine assume that the top score was the combined TES and PCS? Last year's minimum scores were TES only, and they were by phase and could be reached in separate competitions.

So for Men, if all events, not just GP count, is the minimum score really 2/3 of 280.08, Chan's total score at Worlds? Or is is 2/3 of his TES for the competition of 147.92? (I'm assuming his combined TES is the highest TES total; there's no easy way to look this up?) Or is the minimum score for the SP 2/3 of Chan's 51.48 (again assuming this was the highest) and for the FS, 2/3 of Kozuka's 98.53 (if this was the highest FS TES)?

If the latter, then the minimum TES score for Men would be 34.32, 34 if rounded, for the SP and 65.68, or 66 if rounded, for the FS, compared to 20 for the SP and 35 for the FS this season.

This should eliminate the need for any quali round... Only 18 of the Men who reached the FS met this score in the FS, and while some might have had higher scores in other competitions, the score is rather daunting, and must be achieved for Euros and 4C's, if there is one standard for championships. Also, they've reduced elements in some years and have re-calibrated the base values and GOEs, making it difficult to compare from year-to-year.

It would also make it interesting for various Nationals, where an otherwise qualifying skater would be skipped over for a skater who met the standard in the fall, a while before the skater was expected to peak for championships.

Ziggy
05-04-2011, 02:37 AM
It would also make it interesting for various Nationals, where an otherwise qualifying skater would be skipped over for a skater who met the standard in the fall, a while before the skater was expected to peak for championships.

That will surely result in a lot of the US and Canadian Summer comps changed into B-Internationals. Which will be a good thing.

But the principle of comparing an average skater to the one-in-a-million one is just so so wrong...