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Finnice
03-23-2011, 06:06 AM
In the case that Lepisto has been training and recovered enough to do so, can Lepisto just decide she wants to do Worlds? Would the Finnish Federation allow her to do so if she decides she's ready?

Is guess they would:D. She is due to perform some galas, 2.4. in Stockholm and 13.4. in Helsinki. But she and her team are keeping quiet right now. I guess they can evaluate the situation when they know when the championships are held.

victoriaheidi
03-23-2011, 06:35 AM
Ok, I've been in school and all that fun stuff today. Let's see how I can recap:
1. Russia seems like the likely host of Worlds.
2. The other bidders are the US (x2), Finland, Croatia, Austria and Canada.
3. We might hear by Friday?

Any mistakes or pertinent info I've missed?

Dragonlady
03-23-2011, 06:39 AM
Frankly I think that Russia should get it. Considering their history in the sport, I'm frankly not sure they get enough events anyways. Its been six years since their last worlds. Oh and I know that they have the Olympics, but when you consider Vancover had 2006 worlds, and the Canadians are getting 2013 worlds...

Vancouver had 2001 Worlds. And the Olympics.

Japan and Canada get a lot of events because the events are rotated by continent: Europe, Asia and North America. When events are held in Europe, there are a lot of possibilties so Russia doesn't get Worlds or GPF as often as Canada or Japan.

In North America, there's Canada and the US. Mexico doesn't really have a good venue for a big event, although they have hosted JGP events.

Similarly in Asia there was Japan, China, and now Korea, so Japan gets Worlds more frequently.

Civic
03-23-2011, 06:56 AM
IIRC, the U.S. hosted Worlds in 1998 (Minneapolis) and 2003 (Washington, D.C.). Did the U.S. host World earlier during the 1990s or after 2003?

caseyedwards
03-23-2011, 07:06 AM
I think the 2002 Olympics should be included. 1998, 2002, 2003, 2009.

millipied
03-23-2011, 07:17 AM
I also heard that Russian Skating Federation usually not that eager to bid for big skating events for some reason.

essence_of_soy
03-23-2011, 07:18 AM
IIRC, the U.S. hosted Worlds in 1998 (Minneapolis) and 2003 (Washington, D.C.). Did the U.S. host World earlier during the 1990s or after 2003?

Previously, the United States has hosted the World Championships in 1992 (Oakland, CA) and 2009 (Los Angeles, CA).

Colorado could be a great choice because their committee to host next year's Four Continents may already have been in place, anyway.

neptune
03-23-2011, 08:50 AM
Ok, I've been in school and all that fun stuff today. Let's see how I can recap:
1. Russia seems like the likely host of Worlds.
2. The other bidders are the US (x2), Finland, Croatia, Austria and Canada.
3. We might hear by Friday?

Any mistakes or pertinent info I've missed?

No, excellent summary, victoriaheidi. You've done your schoolwork well!! :respec: But the fun stuff isn't quite over with yet. We now want you to write a three-page essay on how the selection of the new host for the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships will symbolize the contextual interdependence of economic, geographic, and/or cultural milieux. Of course, we will give you a few days to work on this, so you don't need to panic or anything! :D Creativity will count for the bulk of the scoring, but spelling, grammar, and punctuation will be considered as well. Please don't feel that you have to post your essay to the board, though--you could simply PM it to one of the admins. And if your essay totally rocks, you may be looking at a free season pass for next year!!!! ;)

Well, that would be great if we get a decision by Friday, but I'm not really holding my breath. Although I'd prefer to see Worlds in the U.S., as long as the ISU can make up its mind on some location, I'll be satisfied.

millipied
03-23-2011, 08:56 AM
I believe we will hear the decision by the end of today.


"There is 90% likelyhood that Russia will be selected today to host Worlds"-unnamed source within Russian Figure Skating Federation cited by RIAN news agency
http://sport.rian.ru/sport/20110323/356936045.html

Also, spies report that all hotel rooms within close proximity to MEGASPORT have suddenly dissapeared from booking sites.

neptune
03-23-2011, 09:04 AM
Japan and Canada get a lot of events because the events are rotated by continent: Europe, Asia and North America.

I wonder if Australia will ever be in the picture again?

reese
03-23-2011, 09:09 AM
I wonder if Australia will ever be in the picture again?

Unlikely, I think.

millipied
03-23-2011, 09:14 AM
Some insight into the preparation of MEGASPORT for Worlds provided by General Manager of the venue, Mikhail Zagainov:

"....We were asked to host the event as close to the cancelled dates of the event in Japan as possible. However due to the fact that there was already scheduled Tennis Tournament between Russia and Italy on April 16-17, we could only offer the end of April. However the facility preparation have begun as soon as the request was received. The ice will not be removed and specifically for this event we will have variety of ice available to satisfy dancers and single skaters, as the demands for ice quality are different for each.
As backup dates, we proposed 2nd half of May right after World Hockey Championship in Slovakia ends. It is important to make sure these two events do not coincide to not cause TV broadcast conflicts...."
http://www.sports.ru/others/figure-skating/86069815.html

Asli
03-23-2011, 09:34 AM
Vancouver had 2001 Worlds. And the Olympics.

Canada had the 2001 Worlds, 2006 Worlds, 2010 Olympics and will have the 2013 Worlds. So they have the biggest event of the year about once every Olympic cycle.

IMO Japan and Canada get many events because they bid for many events. There aren't usually that many candidates for these championships and skating is the most popular in these two countries plus Russia right now.

Asli
03-23-2011, 09:41 AM
Some insight into the preparation of MEGASPORT for Worlds provided by General Manager of the venue, Mikhail Zagainov:

"The ice will not be removed and specifically for this event we will have variety of ice available to satisfy dancers and single skaters, as the demands for ice quality are different for each."


Wow, that sounds cool! This is the first time I have heard the ice quality being changed during a championships. Is it usually done?

millipied, thanks for all the news and quotes you provide from the Russian press. I really appreciate it! :cheer2:

a56
03-23-2011, 09:42 AM
I wonder if Australia will ever be in the picture again?
Regrettably, I don't think so. They are hosting a Junior Grand Prix event in Brisbane later this year though. They hosted Junior Worlds in 1988 and 1996. They really should bid for Four Continents and Junior Worlds again in the future. I don't think Australia gets a lot of events because it's just so geographically distant from everywhere; far from Europe, North America, and Asia. Also, the Australian federation probably still remembers the 2000 worlds incident and may be reluctant to bid for any big events as a result. However, Australia's influence will get stronger because now they have their own Susan Lynch on the ISU singles/pairs technical committee, a great achievement considering there is no Canadian or Japanese representative on that committee.