Miner could be a threat next year. Will see.
I totally agree that somebody as charismatic and entertaining as Ryan really should have a future on tour, I'd gladly sign that letter to SOI. If another year might help him to get there, I hope he stays- but it will not be easy for him with Abbott, Rippon, Mroz and possibility of Evan/ Johnny still competing. Without Evan and Johnny thre is a good chance, though Mroz might come back roaring.
Brown just had his international debut at Gardena Spring Trophy this past weekend and won with an impressive score (197+) -- here's the link to the event thread in Kiss and Cry: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=71498
He was quoted after winning the Junior title at Nationals that he may not move up to senior nationally unless he gets the 3A, but he certainly hasn't needed it to be successful so far.
Back to Ryan Bradley -- he is currently ranked #26 in the ISU World Standings and #25 on the Season Best scores list, so he is very likely to get at least 1, if not 2, Grand Prix assignments this fall if he chooses to continue competing.
Last edited by Sylvia; 04-08-2010 at 04:03 PM.
I hope Ryan continues, at least for another season. I loved it when he beat Evan at Skate Canada in 2008. SOI accepted Alissa because she is a National Champion.
On any given day, I could see Ryan medaling, maybe at the top, at US Nats, sort of a la Alissa, if others are having bad days and he happens to be having a great one. He does have the talent, quads, and he certainly is a show man, I am charmed every time he goes out on the ice. But I do think that at least two years out from Sochi, the judges will be pushing the next generation. So, perhaps it is a good idea to try again, but maybe for only one more year, or two at a reach.
SOI misses the boat by not having entertaining skaters like Bradley and Weir. It's all well and good to be an excellent skater by CoP standards but winning an OGM does not mean you're necessarily fun to watch. (Sorry Sarah.) If they want more people, besides the hard core fans, to buy tickets they should go with the popular skaters not just the big medal winners. It's not like Ryan and skaters of his ilk are not worth watching. It's supposed to be a SHOW not a parade.
Could it be that Bradley turned down SOI because of his broken foot? Scott seems to love him, and I imagine he'd be on the tour if healthy.
So they hire skaters they think will attract a large enough number of fans to justify their salaries. They need to attract casual fans who may only be familiar with a handful of names. Or who don't even recognize any names but do recognize impressive titles listed after the names.
Unfortunately that means that many skaters who are favorites of serious fans don't get hired.
Maybe they didn't include him because they already had Michael, Jeremy and Evan and thought that was enough US Men? They can't have everybody good.
Last edited by dinakt; 04-09-2010 at 01:10 AM.
Farris has landed the 3A in competition. He probably would have done better in the JGP this past season, but he had a serious leg injury that kept him from practicing during the early summer of 2009.
Asked this after US Nationals, but still not sure - doesn't Brown have to move up? Rules do not allow a National Cahmpion to compete the next year at the same level (except, of course, Senior), do they?He was quoted after winning the Junior title at Nationals that he may not move up to senior nationally unless he gets the 3A, but he certainly hasn't needed it to be successful so far.
USFS clarification on Novice and Junior Champions.
Speaking of the 3A... I think Ryan Bradley only landed it once or twice in competition this past season and usually ended up doubling the jump. His 3A success rate was much higher the season before.
Last edited by Sylvia; 04-09-2010 at 01:51 PM.
Nice that USFS "clarified" that yesterday...
I actually thought it was quite clear the other way - skaters start their "qualifying season" by entering pre-Sept 1 through their Region, whether or not other rules allow them to skip or have a bye through Regionals or Sectionals. So, this clarification says - we didn't really mean they need to move up, just they can start at Sectionals - but they could get a bye there with a JGP assignment. More confusing, not less...IMHO
Anyway, back on topic, there is no comparison, style-wise/maturity, between Jason & Ryan, and I echo those posters opinions who believe SOI made a mistake in not including him!
I think none of the skaters aside from Evan or Johnny are consistent. Abott and Adam are a little inconsistent, but both have the COP friendly qualities and have major titles to their name.
Morz is like him too, just big jump and nothign else. I be surprise if both Evan and Johnny return, as they have found post ice career in hollywood already.
We know that everyone is supposed to start their season with regionals, except that skaters who placed in the top 5 in seniors the previous year can go straight through to nationals regardless of fall assignments or injuries.
It seems what it's saying is that skaters who placed "in the top 1" at the novice or junior level the previous year can start the qualifying process at sectionals the next year if they stay at the same level. If they move up a level or two, they have to start at regionals.
If they have international assignments, they might get byes, but that's separate.