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Ajax
03-22-2011, 05:52 PM
I guess Lake Placid is unlikely? Would be great though, given that it's a 5-6 hr drive from where I live :) I could go at least for 1-2 events.
Am so happy that there will be a Worlds :)

Frau Muller
03-22-2011, 05:52 PM
``We are awarding the championship, not selling it,'' Cinquanta.

Piseev no longer digs into his Alfa Bank account, does he? Ha-ha-ha!!!

Folks, let's be careful what we wish for. Imagine a situation where the ISU become "indebted" to Piseev? Lordie!

That said...I'm happy to have a Worlds anywhere....just not a situation where would be indebted to proven crooks from the past. It's important that the Tech Specialists/Callers not be 'Piseev Selected,' for ex.

Hedwig
03-22-2011, 05:52 PM
I am :rofl: at someone suggesting that tours are cheaper and most people travel to Worlds in tour groups.
I never join tour groups because I can always find a better, much more cheaper and more agreeable way myself.
Yes, sometimes it takes a bit of organizing and hassle which some people seem to be to spoiled to but don't impose your standards on the rest of us. ;)

kia_4EverOnIce
03-22-2011, 05:58 PM
In Moscow and St Pete, the hotels (not hostels) are exhorbitant.

since I was surprised by this, I just went on www.booking.com and checked available rooms in Moscow from 24 April until 1 May (dates chosen just for coincidence ;) ), and I found that there are 4stars hotels that charge about 500 euros/6 nights, not so far from the city center....IMO it's not so much, I could think of it (if I hadn't to work this period :slinkaway ).
Visa is far more expensive from my POW, but I'm very spoiled because I'm used to travel in the Schengen area :D

Frau Muller
03-22-2011, 05:58 PM
I am :rofl: at someone suggesting that tours are cheaper and most people travel to Worlds in tour groups. ...;)

Who said that? Not I. Tour groups are THE most expensive way to travel, which is why I no longer do it. A lot of older North Americans (US and Canadians) still prefer traveling in groups because they 'hold their hands' and take care all of the hassles. (And they like to sit in the seats that are shown on TV so that "Neighbor Bob" can see them!) I prefer to save money but most times when I go to a Worlds most Americans with whom I talk happen to come in organized tour groups. I agree that more Europeans prefer traveling solo.

MorganaLefay
03-22-2011, 06:04 PM
I think what Frau Muller said about the registration in Russia is so true--it's one of the most annoying, time-consuming nonsenses one has to go through in Russia, and the link to the new/improved visa registration process post 2007 does not make it sound any easier. The visa situation alone is enough to make this solo traveler stay away....but I am happy that the Worlds will be happening, and if Moscow is the host, then be it!

kia_4EverOnIce
03-22-2011, 06:06 PM
Back to worlds, I think this article as a new hint: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/03/22/sports-fig-japan-worlds-new-site_8368957.html


The ISU council will vote Wednesday or Thursday on the site and determine the dates in late April or early May. There are 11 members of the council but Cinquanta will only vote if there's a tie.

"Russia is a big country for skating," Cinquanta said. "Russia's is a strong bid, just like the others."

And here Cinquanta's words are reported also differently. Here it seems he just say "nothing is already decided, we won't do too much favoritism, keep the suspence" :P

Frau Muller
03-22-2011, 06:08 PM
I think what Frau Muller said about the registration in Russia is so true--it's one of the most annoying, time-consuming nonsenses one has to go through in Russia,...!

Absolutely - and thanks for the back-up...because any US citizen who has tried to enter Russia as an 'independent tourist' knows this. Maybe EU citizens have it easier.

As for hotel cost - I just searched Expedia.com and the cheapest true hotel (not hostel or 'apartment-hotel') in central Moscow during the dates for Worlds is the 2-star Melody Hotel at $180/night, bkfast included.

SmallFairy
03-22-2011, 06:10 PM
oh my...if it will be Moscow, I could get a cheap plane ticket and stay with my friend...only trouble is the darn Visa grrrrr! I can't get it in time if I don't book a hotel or hostel... The "friend come and visit" way takes faaaaar to long!

I pray for Finland lol

Frau Muller
03-22-2011, 06:13 PM
oh my...if it will be Moscow, I could get a cheap plane ticket and stay with my friend...only trouble is the darn Visa grrrrr! I can't get it in time if I don't book a hotel or hostel... The "friend come and visit" way takes faaaaar to long!....

If it is Moscow....Don't forget my little "hostel visa trick" to come in with a Tourist Visa, which can be obtained faster. (wink)

martyross
03-22-2011, 06:16 PM
Here it seems he just say "nothing is already decided, we won't do too much favoritism, keep the suspence" :P
Yes, we are his kindergarten and he is the wizard!

Frau Muller
03-22-2011, 06:20 PM
Apparently, Canada's bid (Vancouver) is another "ghost bid" like Helsinki. Speedy must have been up late yesterday encouraging a bunch of federations to bid to make it look like there was a true competition. LOL!

olyphil Philip Hersh
Skate Canada CEO says he doesn't expect ISU to select Vancouver as new host of 2011 world figs. http://bit.ly/eM6SyO

Once Moscow or Wherever is selected, I can accept it, even if there was funny business. Just let the Skating begin!

WildRose
03-22-2011, 06:21 PM
Skate Canada release:
http://www.skatebuzz.com/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?id=e9928159-d15c-4ff1-b685-8d87bd707c58

LOL - I knew Canada would go with Vancouver :lol:

“After reviewing all of the possibilities, Skate Canada has submitted a bid to the ISU to host the event in Canada, in Vancouver at the PNE’s Pacific Coliseum with a time frame of April 18-24 or May 16-22, 2011. We appreciate all of the offers that came to us, on very short notice, but the best combination of hotel space, arena availability and transportation systems was Vancouver, and we have provided that option to the ISU for consideration.

But clearly Canada would prefer it goes elsewhere:

“Since we are already preparing to host two other major ISU events in the near future, the ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating, 2011 and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, 2013, we are not expecting to be awarded the event but did wish to provide the ISU with Vancouver as an option”, added Thompson. “We are fully prepared to host this event if the ISU chooses Canada, but have also offered to assist the ISU in any way possible with the planning of the event should the ISU choose another federation to host.”

Personally, I will be shocked if it isn't held in Russia.

smartblade
03-22-2011, 06:26 PM
http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/NewsDetails/tabid/2157/sni[2797]/720/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Skate Canada is submitting Vancouver and the PNE's Pacific Coliseum, where the 2010 olympic figure skating events were held. It is the best location out of all the submittions in Canada that fits the needs and requirements the ISU has set. It sent a bid based on the ISU's request, however since it is already hosting the 2011 GPF and 2013 WC, it doesn't intend to host unless the ISU chooses it too, and promises it will be fully capable of hosting the event. Skate canada also offers support tothe ISU in anyway if it however chooses another federation to host.

marbri
03-22-2011, 06:31 PM
http://community.livejournal.com/ontd_skating/1047738.html

GENIUS... :rofl:

My heart skipped a beat when I clicked on that link and saw Pluschenko :eek:

Please don't let a Pluschenko reinstatement be a thank you to Russia for hosting this event :yikes:;)