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Jayar
04-07-2011, 01:57 AM
I would actually like to see a few more WTT under the ISU's belt to work out the kinks. Not in 2014 but maybe 2018 or 2022; but in the future for sure.

What kinks? Skaters skate, they earn a score, points are distributed based on score, and medals are awarded. How is that 'kinky'?

And for those who are looking at it as 'leaving out' countries who have small skating populations... look at it as an opportunity to grow teams from all over the world.

Right now, the following teams have enough skaters to have the event:
AUT
BLR
CZE
EST
FRA
GER
ITA
RUS
CAN
CHN
JPN
USA

That's 12 teams. That's quite a start, I think. I bet a pairs and dance teams will start popping up all over.

ks777
04-07-2011, 02:14 AM
I don't like the idea. Instead I would love to see Syncronized skating.

julieann
04-07-2011, 02:22 AM
What kinks? Skaters skate, they earn a score, points are distributed based on score, and medals are awarded. How is that 'kinky'?

And for those who are looking at it as 'leaving out' countries who have small skating populations... look at it as an opportunity to grow teams from all over the world.

Right now, the following teams have enough skaters to have the event:
AUT
BLR
CZE
EST
FRA
GER
ITA
RUS
CAN
CHN
JPN
USA

That's 12 teams. That's quite a start, I think. I bet a pairs and dance teams will start popping up all over.

I just don't think one WTT is enough to make it an Olympic sport in 2014 especially since this years was canceled. There are a lot of things to work out esp within the competition and within the countries themselves, not just with who can compete. Has the ISU or the IOC release exactly how it will work in detail?

I do think it will help get more skaters interested in pairs and ice dancing. Japan doesn't have any eligible pairs and ice dancers that I can think of. Most don't/can't/won't have citizenship.

blue_idealist
04-07-2011, 02:41 AM
I'm for it as long as it doesn't take too much energy away from the singles/pairs/dance events. It should be held after they're over.

RumbleFish
04-07-2011, 02:49 AM
It will be far more interesting to have figure skaters team up and play hockey. I want to see some nasty body checking and feathers flying off their costumes all over the place.

Ziggy
04-07-2011, 02:55 AM
Pointless.

Jenna
04-07-2011, 03:35 AM
Pointless.

But why? If it gives more skaters the opportunity to win medals or make accomplishments at an Olympic event..I'm all for it! And for all of the people doubting if these poor, fragile skaters can bother skating two extra programs...these people are under intense training all year for this moment. I think they can handle it. That's the way it is in gymnastics too...the team event is always first, followed by the individual all around, and then the event finals.

orbitz
04-07-2011, 03:38 AM
I think team skating will initially get decent TV coverage in the next Olympics, because it's something new; However in future Olympiads it will be delegated to only the late night highlight clips much like synchronized swimming.

I'm sure I'll watch it, but the idea just seem unnecessary.

Jayar
04-07-2011, 03:52 AM
I just don't think one WTT is enough to make it an Olympic sport in 2014 especially since this years was canceled. There are a lot of things to work out esp within the competition and within the countries themselves, not just with who can compete. Has the ISU or the IOC release exactly how it will work in detail?

I do think it will help get more skaters interested in pairs and ice dancing. Japan doesn't have any eligible pairs and ice dancers that I can think of. Most don't/can't/won't have citizenship.

What is there to work out? There are 2 men, 2 women, 1 pairs team, and 1 dance team per country. Countries qualify based on points earned throughout the season. Who can compete is up to the qualifying nations, I am sure, and I am also sure that everything will be revealed very soon.

MR-FAN
04-07-2011, 03:57 AM
More skating? Heeeelllllllls YEAH!!!!

nro
04-07-2011, 04:36 AM
What is there to work out? There are 2 men, 2 women, 1 pairs team, and 1 dance team per country. Countries qualify based on points earned throughout the season. Who can compete is up to the qualifying nations, I am sure, and I am also sure that everything will be revealed very soon.
It's actually one from each discipline for the Olympics. Two skaters from each of the singles categories was just for the WTT.

julieann
04-07-2011, 05:50 AM
What is there to work out? There are 2 men, 2 women, 1 pairs team, and 1 dance team per country. Countries qualify based on points earned throughout the season. Who can compete is up to the qualifying nations, I am sure, and I am also sure that everything will be revealed very soon.

So who goes? Is it the national champion or the reigning world champion. What if they get hurt who substitutes?

Did the ISU put out the actual rules of competition or just a statement for the press?

There will be many questions over the next couple of years.

RumbleFish
04-07-2011, 05:52 AM
Result of this poll tells me a team event at Olympics will be a miserable failure. Who in the hell is going to watch a crap event that fails to get approval from the most avid figure skating fanbase.

HisWeirness
04-07-2011, 06:21 AM
Did the ISU put out the actual rules of competition or just a statement for the press?
Just a press statement. There has been no communication/rule revision with the rules for the Olympic team event.

During 2010 ISU congress some language was added to the ISU rules that include the Olympic team event.

Vagabond
04-07-2011, 07:19 AM
What kinks? Skaters skate, they earn a score, points are distributed based on score, and medals are awarded. How is that 'kinky'?

And for those who are looking at it as 'leaving out' countries who have small skating populations... look at it as an opportunity to grow teams from all over the world.

Right now, the following teams have enough skaters to have the event:
AUT
BLR
CZE
EST
FRA
GER
ITA
RUS
CAN
CHN
JPN
USA

That's 12 teams. That's quite a start, I think. I bet a pairs and dance teams will start popping up all over.

It's not that easy to develop good Olympic-eligible pairs and dance teams, especially for countries that have strict citizenship requirements, such as Estonia and Japan.

I'm not sure how you compiled your list. The following countries are sending at least one entry in each discipline to this year's Worlds:

AUT
BUL
CAN
CHN
FRA
GER
GBR
ITA
JPN
RUS
USA

That's eleven, but Japan doesn't have a pairs team that can compete in the Olympics.

Having a team competition at the Olympics probably means getting rid of the gala. I'm actually not a big fan of exhibitions, but if I were given the choice between watching Yuna Kim, the top Japanese singles skaters, and maybe Kiira Korpi or Laura Lepistö doing exhibitions and Austria's pairs team (whose current Personal Best Total Score is 100.87) and Bulgaria's dance team (81.99), I'd watch the exhibitions.