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Domshabfan
03-22-2011, 04:33 AM
I believe someone posted in this extended thread that Finland does not have any Visas requirements. If that is true then that gives them a one up on both Russia and USA. However Finland will be holding the World Synchronized Skating Championships sometime during this same period, so this could be a drawback for a winning bid. Hopefully we will know the answer Friday.
Finland doesn't have Visa requirement may be EU, US, and Japan. However if you are from developing country (there will be very few athletes anyway) and fans, they will have a harder time getting the visa. I think if Russia uses the same policy as ManU Vs Chelsea match policy for Visa that might be advantageous.

Sylvia
03-22-2011, 04:53 AM
William Thompson is quoted in this Hamilton Spectator article: http://www.thespec.com/sports/article/504850--canada-would-take-worlds-but-not-here
Excerpt:

“To be perfectly honest, we have no burning need to put on the worlds,” Skate Canada CEO William Thomson told The Spec on Monday. “We’ve got the 2013 worlds and are really focused on that.

“But we’d much rather host them than for there to be no worlds at all.”

However, Thomson said Skate Canada would not want to stage the worlds in southern Ontario because that could possibly affect income for the 2013 worlds in London.
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But Canada would rather be the safety net than the trapeze artist on this one, taking the event only if it appeared no one else can do it effectively.

From the Colorado Springs Gazette: http://www.gazette.com/sports/worlds-114905-world-arena.html

The seating capacity of World Arena for figure skating is nearly 8,000 – adequate for the Four Continents Championships that were contested here in 2006 and 2007, with a return scheduled for February, as well as Skate America, held in the Springs in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The Crowne Plaza and DoubleTree hotels off Circle Drive combine for 800 rooms, and there’s also housing at other hotels in the area and at the Olympic Training Center.

Chances are Springs-based U.S. Figure Skating, which closed 2009 with $63.6 million in net assets, wouldn’t be on the hook for the TV costs if NBC broadcasts the event, as it did when Los Angeles staged worlds in 2009. Financial support also is possible from the U.S. Olympic Committee, as chief executive officer Scott Blackmun said last week in Atlanta, “To the extent we can pitch in and help, we certainly would be willing to do that.”

The economic impact of the 2009 worlds was $25 million – way more than the Springs nabbed when worlds were held at the now-demolished Broadmoor World Arena in 1957, 1959, 1965, 1969 and 1975. U.S. Figure Skating executive director David Raith declined comment about a Springs bid, and so did World Arena general manager Dot Lischick.

Sylvia
03-22-2011, 05:13 AM
This March 20 article is the most detailed article in English on Yu-Na Kim's return to Korea that I've seen online to date: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/culturesports/2011/03/20/16/0702000000AEN20110320003200315F.HTML
Excerpts:

Kim, 20, has scheduled an ice show for May 6-8 in Seoul and is also set to join the 2018 Winter Olympics bidding committee for PyeongChang, a South Korean alpine town, in her capacity as an honorary ambassador.

"For now, I will concentrate a little more on being the honorary ambassador for PyeongChang's Winter Olympics bid," Kim said.

PyeongChang is scheduled to give presentations on the international stage through April and May, including the official bid city briefing at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on May 18-19.
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Kim refused to look ahead past her immediate future, since the ISU hasn't decided the fate of the world championships. But she did say rescheduling of the championships will be difficult for herself and other competitors.

"All the other skaters have been building up for the March event," Kim said. "And when we're thrown off our schedule even a bit, it's a huge psychological blow. It can take the air out of our preparation and it can be difficult to maintain the same intensity in training. Whether it's May or October, it will be difficult to be perfectly prepared."

ETA: Found this Korean media video (4:30 mins long) over at Golden Skate of Yu-Na skating an open practice in Korea with no jumps (looks like she did bits of her SP choreo): http://etv.donga.com/view.php?idxno=201103220042314

RunnersHigh
03-22-2011, 06:41 AM
ETA: Found this video over at Golden Skate of Yu-Na skating an open practice in Korea with no jumps (reportedly she did bits of her SP choreo): http://yfrog.com/m9v66z

Hope it works! Interview and open practice.

http://sports.media.daum.net/general/news/moresports/breaking/view.html?cateid=1076&newsid=20110322151312388&p=yonhap

maija
03-22-2011, 07:28 AM
Finland doesn't have Visa requirement may be EU, US, and Japan. However if you are from developing country (there will be very few athletes anyway) and fans, they will have a harder time getting the visa. I think if Russia uses the same policy as ManU Vs Chelsea match policy for Visa that might be advantageous.

Visa requirement in the Schengen area and travel documents accepted by Finland (by country) (http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=15720&contentlan=2&culture=en-US)

Celine82
03-22-2011, 08:10 AM
Just wanted to add my :cheer2: for all the Federations offering to host Worlds!

Hedwig
03-22-2011, 09:10 AM
Just wanted to add my :cheer2: for all the Federations offering to host Worlds!

I second that. Of course I have my preferences now that I had to cancel my trip to Japan but really I couldn't care less where it is as long as it happens somewhere and soon for the good of the skaters and the skating world!!

millipied
03-22-2011, 09:10 AM
I believe someone posted in this extended thread that Finland does not have any Visas requirements. If that is true then that gives them a one up on both Russia and USA. However Finland will be holding the World Synchronized Skating Championships sometime during this same period, so this could be a drawback for a winning bid. Hopefully we will know the answer Friday.

Finland is part of Schengen treaty and requires visas just as USA. Russia has the most difficult visa process but they guaranteed to exodite them in this situation and so did USA promise assistance.

Asli
03-22-2011, 09:26 AM
I second that. Of course I have my preferences now that I had to cancel my trip to Japan but really I couldn't care less where it is as long as it happens somewhere and soon for the good of the skaters and the skating world!!

:cheer2:

Most of us think so now because we are relieved that the Worlds will be held after all. Still I hope the ISU makes a decision before the novelty is over and the inevitable :argue: starts. ;)

Reen
03-22-2011, 10:19 AM
Halifax is interested in hosting the Worlds.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/Sports/1234313.html

lexeoe
03-22-2011, 10:31 AM
its nice that Halifax is interested but to get to Halifax from Europe will require a connection either in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, or New York, while getting there from Asia will require you to connect in Vancouver if the airlines doesn't fly to Toronto. and this doesn't include the intra-asia, intra-europe connection that some skaters may take. but will see.

question regarding the US bid, will the USFSA be submitting both Colorado Springs and Lake Placid? or will they enter both locations depending on the ammendable dates?

skoppa
03-22-2011, 10:36 AM
its nice that Halifax is interested but to get to Halifax from Europe will require a connection either in Toronto, Montreal, Boston, or New York, while getting there from Asia will require you to connect in Vancouver if the airlines doesn't fly to Toronto. and this doesn't include the intra-asia, intra-europe connection that some skaters may take. but will see.

Well if you go through Iceland from Europe and use Icelandair (one of the Icelandic airlines) you can go straight to Halifax.

millipied
03-22-2011, 10:41 AM
I believe and hope we might be past of "expression of interest" and enquiries stage, as mere hours left till we know the final list of all submitted official bids.

lexeoe
03-22-2011, 11:07 AM
they did say they hope to name a venue by either thursday or friday. the evaluation commission will certaianly be losing sleep within the next few days.

millipied
03-22-2011, 11:12 AM
VLADIMIR PUTIN:

"We are ready to host Worlds 2011..... If ISU want us to. .....This event is relatively inexpensive and we can easily cover those costs."
http://www.championat.ru/other/_skating/news-765436.html