Yokohama tapped to host next World Team Trophy

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  1. Akira Andrea

    Akira Andrea New Member

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    This is an article by Jack Gallagher in “The Japan Times” in Japan.
    Wednesday, May 19, 2010 JST
    By Jack Gallagher

    The article:
    Yokohama tapped to host next World Team Trophy
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/sp20100519it.html


    Reference:
    9-12 Dec., 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final (Beijing, China)
    9-12 Dec., 2010 Grand Prix Final (Beijing, China)
    15-20 Feb., 2011 Four Continents (Taipei, Chinese Taipei)
    28 Feb. –6 Mar., 2011 Junior Worlds (Gangneung, Republic of Korea)
    21-27 Mar., 2011 Worlds (Tokyo, Japan)
    14-17 Apr., 2011 World Team Trophy (Yokohama, Japan)
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  2. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

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    Yay, another WTT! Thank you for sharing, Akira Andrea!

    :cheer2:
  3. JamieSix

    JamieSix New Member

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    Cool. I'm still not sure about how I feel with this comp but I'm glad it'll be happening again.
  4. natalia65

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    Which makes the rest of the world almost completely figureskatingless :huh: :mad: :mitchell:
    Let's abandon competitions and watch shows instead.:barrel
  5. Akira Andrea

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    :shizuka1: Why do you think so? :confused: :confused: :confused:
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  6. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

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    Well, Asia seems to be where the money is at for figure skating, so it make sense from that perspective.
  7. Visaliakid

    Visaliakid Well-Known Member

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    ISU Council decided some time back that World Team Trophy would be an annual event, except in Olympic seasons. So every 3 out of every 4 seasons, WTT will be a part of the international figure skating scene.
  8. FSUSF

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    What a crappy international competition.
  9. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

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    There is no prestige in this competition yet but maybe that will come with time? Though is that even possible because the sports really about individuals and two person pairs?
  10. Tak

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    Where in Yokohama would this hold this I'm wondering. Ice shows usually use the Prince Hotel Rink in Shin-Yokohama. But that rink is very small for this kind of international competition. [seating capacity I mean].
  11. icedance21

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    I have to agree. I honestly don't understand what the point of this competition is except to obviously milk the sponsors for all they're worth. After a whole season of competitions, forcing elite skaters (assuming their countries qualify) to participate in this (essentially a) cheesefest is just another example of the ISU's poor prioritizing.
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  12. Akira Andrea

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    As for the rink,the World Team Trophy 2011 is going to be hosted not at the Prince Hotel Rink but at the specially installed rink in Yokohama Arena, where has a sufficient seating capacity for the international big event.
    At this arena, the competition of the figure skating seems not to have been held yet, but ice show "Disney on Ice, in Yokohama" has been held every year.

    Refernce: Yokohama Arena
    http://www.yokohama-arena.co.jp/english/profile.html
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  13. allezfred

    allezfred Prick Admin Staff Member

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    Did you even watch any of the event when it was held last time? :confused:

    By all accounts, the event was really popular with the skaters and Japan and Korea are where the :bribe: now is in figure skating.
  14. natalia65

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    It is never cheap to fly unless you are a witch, so here we go TEB , Euros in Bern :bribe: for Europeans; CoR in Moscow without knownig Russian is an adventute plus :bribe:, SA, SC for the rest of us respectively.:(
    I know there are lots various small competitions in Europe but the pleasure is definitely doubtful.
  15. natalia65

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    On the other side the market will be overheated eventually and the interest for figure skating in Europe and North America will be lower and lower at the same time.
  16. care bear

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    Europeans can travel to European competitions. It's cheap, do not talk nonsense. For example HAJ -CDG by Air France costs 90 EUR or HAJ-ZRH by Air Berlin 91.95. Or they can save the money for a trip to Japan, Canada or U.S. :cool:
  17. care bear

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    Europeans can travel to European competitions. It's cheap, do not talk nonsense. For example HAJ -CDG by Air France costs 90 EUR or HAJ-ZRH by Air Berlin 91.95 EUR. Or they can save the money for a trip to Japan, Canada or U.S.
  18. allezfred

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    Aren't you being a bit overdramatic? It's one season. You have to make hay while the sun shines.
  19. care bear

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    To make the market better the Europeans need some olympic or world champions from Europe. 2010 all champs came from Asia or N America.
  20. sandra_persch

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    I suspect a lot of federations will be very careful with sending entries to Junior Worlds and Worlds based on the cost and the anticipated results ... but then if the ISU proposal gets approved the numbers will go down anyways :wall:
  21. oubik

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    Yes, but how all of the poor Euro federations can pay all of the Asian expenses of their teams I don´t know.
  22. Akira Andrea

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    I feel shame because I was insensitive to your discouragement, which I understand now.
  23. natalia65

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    and you only have two options that's what I mean.
  24. natalia65

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    And North America gets... wait a sec... two GP as last year and the year before and before...
  25. Jenna

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    False. Los Angeles hosted worlds in 2009.
  26. natalia65

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    The point is that there is no connection between number of champions and figure skating events in the area.
  27. Doubletoe

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    How so? Both the Men's and Ladies' world champions are Japanese (and Junior champions, too). And there is definitely a connection between the number of events and the number of fans in the area. The U.S. may have the reigning Olympic Men's' champion, but if they held the World Team Trophy in the U.S., I doubt that they would be able to fill a venue the size of the Yokohama Arena.
  28. Akira Andrea

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    In April, 2009, the World Team Trophy 2009 was held in Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. If it's usual year, the season greets the ending with the Worlds of the end of March, but it became the form that the end in this season shifted one month approx for this event.
    Nevertheless, in every day, the venue seems to have been buried by crowds of audience and, in the free skating in Ladies, about 10,000 audience seem to have watched the event.



    The photo: (from “Sports@Nifty” in Japan)
    Photography: By Masami Morita
    "Thanks a lot Tokyo!", thanks expressed by US Team.
    http://iceblue.cocolog-nifty.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/04/23/evanben904s.jpg
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  29. haribobo

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    I hear US Nationals has been relocated to Mumbai, India and Europeans will be in Bangkok, Thailand so that nobody has to leave Asia all season. :p
  30. Akira Andrea

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    :yikes: :yikes: :eek:
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  31. Polymer Bob

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    World Team Trophy was a great event last year.

    The $30,000 prizes were the biggest in skating history.
  32. kirkbiggestfan

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    Russia, USA, Canada, Japan, China, France, Italia are the only countries that could present decent skaters in all disciplines. How do the countries qualify again?
  33. Polymer Bob

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    That's a good point. We will probably see mostly the same teams from year to year. As the South Koreans found out the hard way, one superstar doesn't get you into this particular competition. You need a real team.
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    Could you elaborate on your statement regarding "South Koreans found out the hard way"?
    As of my knowledge, not many Koreans even knew such cheesefest was being held until it was known that Asada was blatantly propped up with a ridiculously high score.

    IIRC, Asada scored over 200 points and even got a level 4 for her usual mediocre turn to the left turn to the right footwork. :scream:
    What a coincidence this happened right after Kim won the 09 Worlds becoming the first lady to score over 200 points and Asada got bumped off the podium.
    The funniest thing was that ladies singles was the only discipline that ISU decided to officially recognize scores in it's books. :rofl:

    I know some skaters would benefit from the prize money from competing, but it's still no more than a post season cheesefest.
  35. Polymer Bob

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    That suprised me, so I looked it up. Other than the ladies, the scores were rather low for the other 3 disciplines. It doesn't look like anyone other than the ladies set personal bests.
  36. icedance21

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    I'm not sure this is a "competition" one would necessarily want to be forced to attend. :p Other than the prize money, I'm not sure I see the benefit. In that sense, for some, it may be better to be from a smaller country without great depth across the disciplines.

    That being said, will Japan be the permanent host of the WTT or are the US/Canada/etc. going to host as well?
  37. Polymer Bob

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    The ISU put this in place to be a money making venture .... which it seemed to be. As long as Japan coughs up the yen, they will be the hosts.
  38. barbk

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    why is this any different than what Oz/NZ federations have to do virtually all the time? Or all the years when there was only on GP in Asia?
  39. sammyf

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    Britian, Swiss, Germany, and Czechs could send good teams.
  40. TalentedButHumble

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    You forgot Canadian nationals in Vietnam.

    Off the top of my head I can't think how many trips some other NAs have made, but over the past year Joannie had the WTT, Cup of China (IIRC) and the GPF, plus I think she's been to Japan (and Korea?) for SOIs each spring. If she stays eligible she should just get an apartment and coach in Japan. :p