Not so long ago, 4CC was the event many top skaters wanna skip. In fact, many Olympic-bound skaters did skip it this year, so whether a 4CC medal is Tier-one worthy to fans varies from year to year depending on who shows. Having seen what happened to Czisny and Meissner in the year they made the gpf I can see why GPs matter less. These are cometitions where placments depend on which skaters you compete against. Remember 2006 where Meissner placed like 5th while skating lights out in a gp? And Czisny placing 2nd at Skate Canda this year despite that lp? Nagasu looks promising but criteria have long favored winners or at least medalists. Which is fair if you look at USFSA's goals in iternational competitions. Once you take nationals out, the funding for doing well in international comps actually commensurates with the importance of these competitoins in general. The only thing in question is favoring their national champions in their tiers. The thing is that nationals is a USFSA tradition, andyou can't change the funding criteria without changing the meaning of nationals. As long as nationals is the one big comp where skaters are chosen to goto worlds, I can see why being national champs are a big deal. Anyway the difference in Nagasu's tier and Flatt's tier is only a few thousand and both skaters get endorsements.