It is no longer a "Grand Prix", but a "Small Prix" now. Or rather, a "Miniscule Prix".
I'm not liking these changes one bit. Hopefully the smaller federations will band together and prevent this from being passed.
Grand Prix Final 2011 will be held in Quebec City!!! woohoo!! I'm happy because I will be able to go!
Here's a French article about it:
Skate Canada will make the official announcement on February 22nd. The competition will be held at "Pavillon de la Jeunesse" not Colisée Pepsi as usual, but it's close to each other.
ETA: Just did a quick Expedia search and the cheapest round trip for me is $670. Looks like I'll have to wait to see both Quebec City and the GPF. I hope SA is in an accessible location.
I don't really like skaters having the option of doing 3 GP events. When they place on the podium it can screw up the possibility of other teams going to the GPF.
I went to SC last year and was not very enthusiastic because of all the withdrawals. Then along cam MT&M out of thin air and gave us all something to cheer about. That kind of thing needs to be possible, and it might not be if the minimum scores are implemented.
And I would really love to see Elladj Balde skate in the Grand Prix. He's on the Canadian team, after all. It's just because he was injured that he doesn't have international points.
One of my favorite cities on earth - Quebec! Whee!!! I'm in.
Dick Button Historical Quote of the Month: "Good grief, what have we wrought on the world? Oh my, oh my, OH MY!" (commenting on Tara Lipinsky's free skate, at the 1997 U.S. Nationals)
OMG GPF in Quebec City is amazing It will hopefully be my first ever international competition as a spectator as Quebec is my new hometown! Am I glad I moved 6 months ago
Awesome! Now we just need to find out about Canadians and Skate Canada.....
Excellent work quebecoise!
Oooh, depending where SC is this year, I may skip it and go to the GPF instead. Quebec City is
Voidy Swan, Dirty Carmen, Perverted Moonlight Sonata. God I love figure skating!
I wish I could go to the GPF! Sadly it's the weekend before finals so it really isn't an option.
That's fabulous that the GPF is being held in Quebec City! Not too many international events showcase both senior and junior skaters, so this will be a great opportunity for those who attend.
Quebec City is SO completely doable for me!! I don't care about the cold weather and snow ... I just want to go to the GPF. Can't wait for more details on ticket sales, etc.
Doing the dance of joy here ...
ETA: Would it be too greedy of me to hope that there's a teensy, tiny chance that SC might possibly be held in Halifax or Saint John or Moncton? It's been quite awhile since it was held in Atlantic Canada.
Oh wow - I want to go too!!!
I really, really, really want to go to Quebec City. But the closest hotel to the arena (based on Google Maps) is a 35 minute walk? And a 15 minute walk just to get coffee? I do not intend to drive. Is public transportation at all doable?
I hope airfare goes down. It starts at $700 for me.
I also really, really, really want to go to Colorado Springs for 4CC. Airfare seems to be reasonable. Hotels seem to be 20 minute walks (but the rates are quite cheap--as long as we still have parity, that is!) but coffee seems to be nowhere near the arena.
The only way this will change is if Skate America, Skate Canada or Canadians is in the Pacific Northwest. Doubt it.