Melissa Bulanhagui to represent Philippines

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  1. FSOWebmaster

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  2. Kwantumleap

    Kwantumleap Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Olympics, Mel! :p
     
  3. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

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    ooooh good move on her part :watch:
     
  4. my little pony

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    it makes a lot of sense for her, imo

    i look forward to seeing her at international competitions
     
  5. azskatefan

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    Heard that she can compete internationally starting in May so she will not be a factor at Four Continents or Worlds. Good for Mel. As talented as she is, and as fun as she is to watch, she was never going to be the leading U.S. lady. She won't have much competition in the Philippines, obviously, but I think she can make a good showing internationally at events like Four Continents. Only good can come for Mel and Philippines.
     
  6. Jenna

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    Oohh, this is fantastic!! I hope we see her at Four Continents and Worlds next year. Of course, Sochi is probably the ultimate goal.
     
  7. TDsk8

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    She will be competing in the fall of 2012 :)

    Send FSO your questions for Melissa to answer :watch:

    Thank you for all your support
    Tim David
    Representing Melissa Bulanhagui
     
  8. RD

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    So there WAS something to that deleted post then!

    Funny, because many people here were saying she SHOULD represent the Philippines. Well, here you go...
     
  9. overedge

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    The Philippines? Did Azerbaijan turn her down? :p

    (j/k, good move, I think this will give her a lot of opportunities).
     
  10. jlai

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    :cheer: for Melissa!

    She soooo deserves this opportunity.

    She has too much talent to be stuck getting senior Bs.
     
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  11. Lanie

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    Awesome!
     
  12. Dr.Siouxs

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    Anyone know if she intends to compete until 2014? I'm sure we'll see her at at least one Worlds though, and good for her. :cheer:
     
  13. orbitz

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    She could be 10 times Phillipines National champion.
     
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    She will :) Melissa will be the first Filipina athlete to compete at the Winter Olympic Games. You will see her from fall of 2012 until 2014 Games and Worlds :biggrinbo
     
  15. RD

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    Doesn't she have to qualify first though...?
     
  16. TDsk8

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    Yes, she will compete at Philippine Nationals
     
  17. mgobluegirl

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    She does. She'll have to earn a spot for the Philippines either at 2013 Worlds or Nebelhorn in the fall of 2013. I'll miss seeing her at US Nationals, but good luck to her!
     
  18. RD

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    Where does she have to place to get 1 spot?
     
  19. nubka

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    A good opportunity for her, but I have to admit that I'll miss seeing her at nationals... :(
     
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    It'll depend on how many extra spots get taken up by countries like the US, Japan, Russia, Finland etc. And then how many countries don't use their earned spots due to stricter Olympic qualifying rules (like Israel last time when Chelsie Lee took Tamar Katz's place).

    I think at Worlds they go up to 24 with six spots remaining for the fall qualifier? Correct me if I'm wrong, I've forgotten if they still allow 30 for the SP in the first place.

    Congrats and best of luck to Melissa!!! So that's why she wasn't at Liberty I guess. :)
     
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  21. blue_idealist

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    I didn't even know she was eligible to represent the Philippines, but I guess that'll make it easier for her to qualify for stuff.
     
  22. Pikachuusb

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    I think its smart on her part to make this change. Good for her :cheer2:
     
  23. barbk

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    Why would competing at Liberty have mattered? It was open to skaters from any country, and skaters didn't skate representing their country as they would in ISU designated competitions.
     
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    So thrilled for Melissa! She has such great opportunities ahead. ITA she will be missed at US Nationals, but look forward to seeing her on the international stage.
     
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    This is a smart move by Melissa. She has never been a USFSA favorite, for whatever reason, and it has hurt her chances and her confidence. I wish her all the best.
     
  26. essence_of_soy

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    As a friend of mine said recently regarding many of the Asian ladies who skated at Four Continents, "Representing the People's Republic of California..."
     
  27. paskatefan

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    I'll miss her too! :(

    Actually, she was at Liberty this summer, but just as a spectator (and perhaps to support her fellow skaters in nearby Newark, DE & other skating friends). My friend and I got to talk to her, and she wasn't feeling so good at the time (some kind of stomach ailment (?). She mentioned that she had to go for some medical testing the next day, which was still during Liberty). Hopefully she's feeling a lot better now. Hope she continues to train in Delaware.
     
  28. Jenny81

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    Maybe.. :lol:
     
  29. Frau Muller

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    CONGRATS, MELISSA! Normally I hate the "country shopping" by spoiled-rich Americans but THIS ONE IS SOOOOOO TOTALLY JUSTIFIED that it doesn't bother me one iota. I wouldn't be surprised if Melissa some day cracks top 10 at Worlds, she absolutely has the goods to garner high scores. I've always found that she's ridiculously undermarked in the US. Even though her line is a little Midori Ito-esque (short and muscular) -- why I think she is held back in the US -- she can more than make up for it with other PCS elements, such as speed, skating skills, etc.

    I hope that, by moving, Melissa Bulanhagui can "pull a Duchesnays"...SHINE on the world scene after leaving a federation that has unjustifiably held-back a skater.
     
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  30. kittyjake5

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    Great news and very smart move. Good luck Melissa!