U.S. Men 2012-13 pre-season news & updates

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 13, 2012.

  1. Conga

    Conga New Member

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    And I wish that they would go back to 12 spots. Does anyone know if there has been discussion of returning to the larger field?
     
  2. LilJen

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    ^ One wonders. How much has the ISU actually saved with the reduction in the number of skaters competing on the GP? I have my doubts that they'd actually do the calculations :shuffle:
     
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  3. kwanfan1818

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    Dornbush was guaranteed one from 20 WS. Farris would have been guaranteed one if USFS had submitted his name for selection.

    Like Zemgirl said, Weir was guaranteed two as a comeback skater, and USFS didn't pick him for Skate America.

    If they wanted to compromise, they start with 12 and say that any withdrawals within X weeks of the event won't be replaced.

    Under this, last season, five of the six Men's events would have been down to 10* or 11, instead of two being down to 9, and two of six Ladies' events would have been down to 10 or 11, instead of one being down to 9.

    *In case withdrawals rose for bigger fields.
     
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  4. Vagabond

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    It does?

    Other than putting his name into the assignment pool, the USFSA didn't do anything. The invitations came from the Russian and French Federations. And, if I'm not mistaken, he was automatically entitled to two assignments because he signed the returning-skaters agreement with the ISU, just like Miki Ando.

    Now, if he were skating at Skate America, you might have a point.
     
  5. Jaana

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    The big difference is that Ando is a World champion who is coming back, but will every senior skater who is just coming back get that benefit of two GP assignments? Weir was no World or Olympic medalist as he left the competitions.
     
  6. Vagabond

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    Isn't the guarantee slightly broader than that? I have some recollection (which could be incorrect) that it was broad enough to include Weir based on his World Ranking at the end of the 2009-10 season or his bronze medal at 2008 Worlds.

    Regardless, all we can say it that the USFSA submitted Weir's name. It didn't pick him for Skate America, and I doubt very much that it politicked for him instead of, say, Dornbush, who needed the politicking more than Weir did.
     
  7. Zemgirl

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    In last year's GP announcement, comeback skaters were defined by the ISU as "Skaters/Couples who were previously seeded (placed 1 to 6 at any previous ISU World Figure Skating Championships) and subsequently did not participate in one or more competitive seasons". Weir has been a seeded skater before, so he can return to the GP circuit as a comeback skater - this year.

    To use other examples: if, say, Laura Lepisto were to decide the return to competition one day, she would be able to do two GPs as a comeback skater. If Kevin van der Perren decides he'd like to make a run at Sochi after sitting out the coming season, this provision would apply to him (he was 6th in 2008). The Kerrs and the Zaretskis could be comeback skaters (5th and 6th in 2010).You do not have to be a World Champion or an Olympic (or even World) medalist.
     
  8. love_skate2011

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    told you Weir has more chance of a comeback then Lysacek :lol:
     
  9. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    New article: Rippon plans to skate like a mad man; Seibert gives skater new direction: 'It's an era, it's a cool guy'

    Cross-posting from the Music/Choreographers thread:
    Relevant FS music excerpt:
    ETA links to the 2 tracks cited in the article:
    "Life's Incredible Again": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij8Js3hyp60
    "Saving Metroville": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJikHkZ55_s
     
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    Oh, that's brilliant!

    I didn't think I could love Michael Seibert any more, but <3 ^ 2:

     
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  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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  12. LilJen

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    Darn well better be, or he hasn't much of a future.
    :lol:
     
  13. jlai

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    Don Draper doesnt need more hard sell than this. :p
     
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  14. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

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    NOT THE CURLS!! :wuzrobbed
     
  15. Jaana

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    Oh, yes, the curls away as he is no Shirley Termple, LOL.
     
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    Ha, if a lack of curls means I never have to hear the phrase "Angel Boy" again, I'll personally Fed Ex him a bottle of Nair.
     
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  18. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    ^^^ :lol:

    BTW, Emmanuel Savary competed a Senior FS in an LA area club competition last week (scored 85.65) as did Andrew Gonzales (99.75). I believe Frank Carroll is still the primary coach of both. I don't know whether or not Savary has tested up yet or plans to do so. Gonzales was 6th in the deep Senior Men's field at Pacific Coast Sectionals in November 2011.
     
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  19. euterpe

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    Adam needs to stop stalking that 3A: just do it! The stalking was starting to affect his 3Z as well.
     
  20. BittyBug

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    I wouldn't have expected Savary to move up to Seniors so quickly, especially since he doesn't yet have a triple axel. I wonder what their strategy is.

    I like Gonzales and hope he'll make it further this season.
     
  21. 2sk8

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    Competing Senior at a non-qual competition this early in the season might be nothing more than "skating up" because no other Junior Men entered.
     
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    Maybe he doesn't look angelic, but he certainly is a vision. (Would that be a costume violation?)
     
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    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    Who's the hot chick in the bikini?
     
  27. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Actually, I think this photo is more Don Draper-esque ;): https://twitter.com/Adaripp/status/206098378042515457/photo/1

    Here's Douglas Razzano posing with the same "hot chick in the bikini" (Bianca Butler, former U.S. national/junior international pair skater): https://twitter.com/DouglasRazzano/status/206118010178641921/photo/1

    Ross Miner tweeted this action photo from Hawaii yesterday (he and the Shibutanis seem to be having a blast there, based on their tweets!): http://instagr.am/p/LEkF2URVRs/
     
  28. olympic

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    ^Men in FS are more buff thru the upper body than I'd imagined :)

    There's not a lot of bells and whistles connected to Doug Razzano and his skating style, but he's turning into a fave of mine for some unknown reason ... I'm fast turning into a fan of Doug, Josh and Richard (I hope I don't have to give up hope on the last one)
     
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  30. winterone

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    Are there any Pairs guys out there with a 3x, 3 lz and triple triple combos ?