2014 US Nationals

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  1. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    I honestly could live with any of those three. I thought Greensboro did a great job last year, and it's within driving distance for me (barely). Boston is definitely within driving distance and it's an interesting city. And St. Paul I've never visited, so I wouldn't mind exploring the Twin Cities a bit. :)
     
  2. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    Any of the cities would be fine with me. I guess I'm unlike other Nationals goers. I don't care if there is anything to do in the city itself. I'm there to watch skating. I watch skating all day, every day. I'm not quite as committed as I was 20 years ago in Orlando when we went from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM on one day (Of course, there aren't that many practice sessions anymore), but it's all skating for me.

    I suppose I would vote first for Denver as that city hasn't had Nationals for a long time and they deserve a chance to organize a great nationals. As for altitude - Altitude can be compensated for with the proper training and time.
     
  3. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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    I don't care if there is anything to do in the city itself. I'm there to watch skating. I watch skating all day, every day.

    That's essentially how I feel. Of all of the cities that I have been to, I've only gone sight-seeing in Lake Placid and Kingston, Ontario.

    My other concern is food. Give me a diner or a convenience store and I am fine.
     
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  4. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

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    ... or a nearby supermarket That said, I'm hoping for Nationals to come back to the East Coast in 2014.
     
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  5. Emmett

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    Is Denver a consideration? The last time they hosted a nationals was 1988.

    I had heard that the three cities were Boston, Greensboro, and St. Paul. I understand that US Figure Skating needed to wait for the NFL to confirm is playoff schedule to NBC so that NBC could confirm which weekend the Championship events could be aired. I also understand that that has been done and the site visits are being done now.

    I was able to attend Greensboro and St. Paul, but not Boston so my comparison of the Cities ability to host would not be incomplete. Of the two that I attended I felt St. Paul did a better job, but did like the setup in Greensboro for the practice facility better than St. Paul's.
     
  6. Rob

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    Same here - I use my down time for hitting the gym, sleeping, eating, and catching up on a little work or reading. That said, we went to a craft gallery in Greensboro and over to Winston Salem for the same and found some nice stuff.

    Greensboro is an easy flight for me so we drove -- then we did'n't need the shuttle. If we'd planned it out, I had a list of nice restaurants, but we were chillin' so we stuck to the hotel restaurant and Thai place on the way to the arena.

    If I went somewhere like Tokyo for skating, I'd spend my whole time seeing Toyko and none in the skating arena.
     
  7. essence_of_soy

    essence_of_soy Well-Known Member

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    I remember doing that as well. I can't believe it was 20 years ago.

    Orlando was my first US Nationals, and no, I didn't go to any of the theme parks.

    I was backpacking and doing a skating competition crawl across the North America at the time, having seen Junior Worlds in Hull, Quebec, then the World Pro in Landover, and finally Orlando.

    It was my first time overseas from Australia as well.
     
  8. Pikachuusb

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    I'm all for Orlando...since I live there now :shuffle:

    Although to be honest I'm all about the skating all day. I could care less what the city has to offer. My boyfriend on the other hand would prefer to venture out of the rink. Especially during ice dance :lol:
     
  9. Jayar

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    I think Nationals should be in Salinas, CA. I live there, and I would get to sleep in my own bed. Plus, if it were to be announced tomorrow, I could start asking for time off of work, looking at the bus schedule, and book my rental car.
     
  10. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

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    I think US Nationals should be held in Vancouver, BC.
     
  11. Rochelle

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    :rofl: Of course, if Salinas even had an ice rink... I would have stayed in Monterey, CA. Thanks for the laugh! ;)
     
  12. Jayar

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    Marina used to-- it's where Bryan Wells started his career.
     
  13. AJ Skatefan

    AJ Skatefan Well-Known Member

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    But would you have shuttle?
     
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  14. Carolla5501

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    I think they are aiming for the first "stealth" Nationals...

    Just think, no fans to put up with, no fans to complain "skater x wuz robbed", no need to deal with shuttles, etc....

    They will of course expect you to pony up BIG bucks for tickets to "stealth" then you guess where they are and head there. If you pick right it's an exclusive event. If you pick wrong your ticket is a great collectible

    LOL!
     
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  15. UMBS Go Blue

    UMBS Go Blue KWEEN 2016! YES WE KWAN!

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  16. star_gazer11

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    Hear, hear!

    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Someone please rep AJ for that.
     
  17. CoralReef

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    I think they were initially bidding but are not part of the final selection.

    Two things that could have possibly thrown a wrench into any LOC's bid, were the change of date (which came after the bid deadline if I remember right), and the ability to host juvenile and intermediate events (which weren't even mentioned in the bid proposal I saw online).
     
  18. CoyoteChris

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    Good point. Obviously, a date change is a huge monkey wrench as many arenas have things going on all the time, but 2013 Omaha was set up for the Jr. Nats from the get go, was it not???? I heard that from Omaha on the two nats would be combined.
     
  19. CoralReef

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    The dropping of the Jr. National event was voted on at last years Governing Council. The change in the event structure wouldn't have taken place until after the bid deadline and (I can't remember the timing), was Omaha already announced by GC last year?

    The bid request for 2014 was interesting, it states only 12 national champions will be crowned and the tentative schedule doesn't give any indication of when or where juvenile and intermediate events/practices would be held. Strange.
     
  20. maureenfarone

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    According to google 2011 Governing Council opened on 4/27/2011. Selection of Omaha as the host for 2013 Nationals was made on 4/28/2011. In the announcement there was no mention of Jr. Nationals, just the usual 12 champions will be crowned. I didn't look very thoroughly at the Omaha website, but did not see any mention of Jr. Nationals. I do remember reading about the combining of the events here on FSU.
     
  21. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Yes, see this post in the 2013 Nationals in Omaha thread: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=3454293&postcount=108
     
  22. julianaqtpi

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    Let me just defend my post in that other thread: That was what they had heard as of then. As of 2013 Nationals meeting a few weeks ago that my mom attended (as you may know, she was president of the largest skating club in Omaha for 2 years (up until last week, when they had club board elections, and she decided not to run for president this year) and she's on the Omaha committee for helping plan Nationals), they have absolutely no clue what they're doing with Jr. Nationals. USFSA seems totally unorganized and unsure what they're doing with it, as it's a year after the announcement and there are no definite plans for where it'll be. I've heard rumors of Jr Nationals being at the Civic Auditorium, which is like 10 min walking distance from the Century Link, but I've heard rumors that the Civic is being torn down in October. I've heard rumors that Jr Nationals are going to be at the Century Link as well as regular Nationals. I've heard the rumor that they'll be at the new ice rink 15-20 min from downtown that's scheduled to open in October with seating for 5000. I've heard that they're going to be at the rink with two surfaces that's 30 min away from the Century Link, but that rumor was proved false quickly. I've also heard most often that USFSA is going to wing it and make plans for it the night before the events start. :lol: So basically, as of now, no one knows what they're going to do with Jr Nationals.
     
  23. numbers123

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    The Civic Center still has events on it's November 29, 2012 calendar. I know that the Creighton Women's Basketball games are now in the D.J. Sokol center (they previously played at the Civic Center, is that the new arena on Creighton campus?) And I suspect the ice arena that you are talking about that would be 20 minutes away will be the new home of the Lancers hockey team, since it is or was rumored that the Lancers would be moving from Council Bluffs MAC to Ralston/Papillion? And possible Mavericks hockey? Or is that the one that the rumors proved untrue.

    It would make sense to me that the Century Link Arena would have both the senior competition and the practice ice, since they are currently building the Olympic Trials Competition and Practice Pools for that arena, which indicates to me that there is enough space that they could feasibly do both. But of course that is my speculation.

    ETA: I apologize to those who thought an announcement was pending. :(
     
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  24. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

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    Me too! :p :p

    But wait, your post pertains to 2013 Nationals, right?
     
  25. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Yes. I've reposted the relevant info above in the 2013 US Nationals in Omaha:
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?p=3576722#post3576722

    This Greensboro article today confirms that Greensboro, NC, Boston and St. Paul are the 3 finalists to host 2014 Nationals: http://www.news-record.com/content/..._to_host_2014_us_figure_skating_championships
     
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  26. carriemarie

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    I will be miserable if Nationals is in Greensboro again. I thought no experience could be worse than Dallas Nationals, but I hated Greensboro. I feel like there was nothing near by and outside my host hotel window was about five bail bonds places and a possible strip club. Minnesota was an okay experience, but I vote for Boston.
     
  27. madm

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    I have to agree. While the people were really nice, Greensboro offered nothing for us to do and the only place close by that we could get food was a mall food court. St. Paul and Boston would both be great -they are easy to fly into (unlike Greensboro) and they have a vibrant night life and restaurants galore.
     
  28. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

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    I loved Greensboro.
     
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  29. shan

    shan Well-Known Member

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    ditto.

    (I'm sure living an hour away has nothing to do with it. ;) )
     
  30. DORISPULASKI

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    I liked Greensboro too.

    There was an awesome Vietnamese restaurant, and a really good Mexican restaurant, and a really good breakfast spot. And our hotel was reasonably priced, something you won't be getting in Boston. And the ice quality was amazingly good, considering.

    And the people were really nice.

    I think you need a car; that makes all the difference.
     
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