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crzesk8dad
04-07-2012, 12:32 AM
Was the US only getting one Event B, or trying for another one in California in addition (previous thread topic)?

The Senior B submission in California was from the Glacier Falls Figure Skating Club, Inc. (host of 2004 Jr. Grand Prix of Long Beach, 2006 US Collegiate, numerous SWPs and most recently 2011 U. S. Synchro Nationals and sponsor of Skaters Care, a benefit for Japan Tsunami Relief).

It was proposed by GF that the Senior B be held in conjunction with the Glacier Falls Summer Classic, held annually in early August. In response, US Figure Skating felt that date was too early for the Senior B season. Glacier Falls did not want to change the well established date of a major West Coast competition. GF also felt that a stand alone Senior B would not be financially successful due to the high costs of running a competition in Southern California.

Salt Lake City has an excellent facility with a well established financial foundation (proceeds of the 2002 Winter Olys) and a terrific club and volunteer base. They will run a great competition.

My sincere best wishes to them on having a great event.

Coco
04-07-2012, 04:57 AM
Yeah for a North American Senior B!!!

A.H.Black
04-07-2012, 05:34 AM
The altitude here is about 4400 feet. (I use high altitude directions for baking). Of course it depends on where you are as this is the mountains. Altitude can have an affect on skaters. However, since the Winter Olympics are often, if not mostly, held at altitude, skaters will always need to train for it.

Steiner (our name for the Salt Lake Sports Complex where adult Nationals were) is indeed a great facility and I can't imagine this competition will be held anywhere else. I believe this is happening because there is a young group of very capable and very enthusiastic people in the Utah Figure Skating Club who are going after competitions again.

I surely hope I will be able to see most of this competition. Will Salt Lake be the permanent home for this competition? I bet it won't be.

nubka
04-07-2012, 06:19 AM
The altitude here is about 4400 feet. (I use high altitude directions for baking). Of course it depends on where you are as this is the mountains. Altitude can have an affect on skaters. However, since the Winter Olympics are often, if not mostly, held at altitude, skaters will always need to train for it.

Steiner (our name for the Salt Lake Sports Complex where adult Nationals were) is indeed a great facility and I can't imagine this competition will be held anywhere else. I believe this is happening because there is a young group of very capable and very enthusiastic people in the Utah Figure Skating Club who are going after competitions again.

I surely hope I will be able to see most of this competition. Will Salt Lake be the permanent home for this competition? I bet it won't be.

Are you in the SLC area? I live in Clearfield. :)

Sylvia
05-15-2012, 06:01 PM
ISU Communication No. 1727, published today, lists the new U.S. Senior B, September 13–16, in Salt Lake City, Utah. :)


Any word on whether it includes all disciplines?
All 4 disciplines are included in the ISU Communication chart, but it will depend on many entries in each discipline are submitted by the participating federations.

Copying this over from the "2012-13 Schedule for International Figure & Synchronized Skating Competitions" thread in GSD:

Please remind me how Senior B assignments work for the host country. (I haven't paid much attention in recent years, since we haven't had hosted one recently in the US).

Are we capped on how many USA competitors can compete at the Senior B "U.S. Senior International" competition in September in SLC? If yes, is the max 3 entries per discipline?

If we aren't limited on how many USA competitors can compete at "U.S. Senior International"... are the USA entries determined solely by US Figure Skating?
I believe this is the first-ever Senior B in the USA so we'll have to wait for the competition announcement to be published online.

A.H.Black
05-15-2012, 08:31 PM
My memory says that most senior B's are in the same place each year. Is that correct? Do we have any idea if the Salt Lake Senior B will be in Salt Lake each year. It would be very cool if it was.

Rochelle
05-15-2012, 08:45 PM
I believe this is the first-ever Senior B in the USA so we'll have to wait for the competition announcement to be published online.

Okay, thank you Sylvia -- for the answer in reference to the questions on how many USA athletes can participates, and who determines that.

DORISPULASKI
05-15-2012, 11:16 PM
It would be cool...if your skater likes skating at altitude, and if you live in the West.

OTOH, there is no reason that an East Coast Senior B couldn't be held, if not in the US, then in Canada.

Ziggy
05-16-2012, 04:34 PM
Can't believe that USFS is calling it "a senior B" in their official documents. :D

And yeah, great news!

Not only for American, Canadian and Mexican skaters but also for all the foreign skaters who train in US and Canada (and there are many). :)

Braulio
05-16-2012, 08:36 PM
It could be named the īSalt Lake SkateGate Memorialī

allezfred
05-17-2012, 02:18 PM
It would be cool...if your skater likes skating at altitude, and if you live in the West.

I believe they've invented things called airplanes which are very good when you want to get somewhere far away from where you live. ;)


OTOH, there is no reason that an East Coast Senior B couldn't be held, if not in the US, then in Canada.

They could turn Thornhill into an international event. Oh wait, they tried to last season, but couldn't get their act together. :P

DORISPULASKI
05-17-2012, 02:48 PM
Yes, lovey, there are airplanes...for those that can afford them...and afford the room & board & tickets at the same time, in the same year.

:lol:

However, the difficulty of finding a bar near a hotel in SLC is sufficient that I hope USFS will choose a different venue in another year.

http://www.slctravel.com/liquor.htm

The above website is happy to inform you that in the whole state of Utah, there are now 400 bars...that is, in 84,898 sq mi or 219,887 sq km...they do say it is now easier to drink in Utah though, than when we went there back in the 1990's.

And yes, Canada failed to get Thornhill going as a Senior B last year. It's a shock that USFS has managed to do the trick. I had thought Skate Canada was more efficient than USFS...

gkelly
05-17-2012, 04:53 PM
And yes, Canada failed to get Thornhill going as a Senior B last year. It's a shock that USFS has managed to do the trick. I had thought Skate Canada was more efficient than USFS...

Doesn't it depend on the number of federations represented by entrants and/or officials? So we still have to see whether SLC will pull it off.

Are they doing this as a stand-alone competition or in conjunction with an established club competition? That might have been part of the hangup with Thornhill?

I know my club considered bidding for the senior B in conjunction with our open competition and decided against it because it would be too much work to run essentially two major events at once.

Sylvia
05-17-2012, 05:09 PM
Doesn't it depend on the number of federations represented by entrants and/or officials? So we still have to see whether SLC will pull it off.

Are they doing this as a stand-alone competition or in conjunction with an established club competition?
It looks like this new Senior B is a stand-alone comp. Salt Lake Figure Skating's annual club competition, Skate Salt Lake, is scheduled for August 9-11, 2012, in Murray, UT and will be co-hosted by the Murray Silver Blades FSC: http://www.saltlakefigureskating.com/ (no mention yet of this Senior B on their club site)

Ziggy
05-17-2012, 09:49 PM
However, the difficulty of finding a bar near a hotel in SLC is sufficient that I hope USFS will choose a different venue in another year.

#firstworldproblems :drama:

Skating events = temporary food deprivation.

YOU GOTTA SUFFER FOR SKATING.