Bleah, hate being stuck in the boonies reading the Internet via cellphone. I had meant that Rosie should poke her nose into the lack of depth of the ladies *especially* outside of quebec.
I'm late to the thread but when I saw this
I had to wonder if people think this because there are none of the top ranked European skaters there, and because they know so little about the sport they don't understand that those skaters aren't there because "only lesser skaters attend" but because Four Continents is (supposedly) the equivalent of Euros. It's not that they don't want to attend- it's that they can't attend.His immediate future is assignment to Four Continents next month, the international stop extended to skaters of lesser acclaim.
Non-figure skating fans just don't understand how it is structured at all. I had a casual figure skating fan ask me this weekend if Plushenko was going to be in the telecast. I told them no, 1)because he has been banned by the ISU, though he is trying to have it lifted, and 2) we were watching the US nationals- so even if he becomes eligible again, it's highly unlikely he'd ever compete in this event. Explaining what 4CCs is to them would be impossible.
Learning that she isn't a sports writer makes me think even more that she just has no idea what Four Continents is.
I found this blog about DiManno, Why Your Hometown Columnist Sucks: Rosie DiManno
A couple of good quotes:
DiManno is a "general assignment" columnist for the Star, which means she's often turned loose on sports — in fact, she has authored a pair of books on the Blue Jays and the Maple Leafs and was dispatched to the 2006 Winter Olympics... DiMatteo has managed to burrow under the skin of beach volleyball enthusiasts, runners, cyclists ... you name a recreational sport, she has probably mocked it. She is combative and writes with a chip on her shoulder. If DiManno makes readers mad, well, at least they're reading. Right? Who cares if she rarely deals in fact, nuance or common decency? Those writing qualities are so passe, anyway.
When it comes DiManno and sports, there's no there there. Take her report on ice dancing from Turin on the night that Italians Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio suffered their fall that resulted in a notorious stare-off. DiManno justifies the money that the Star spent to send her to Italy by telling us that the Italian couple fell, and so did the French couple, and hey, it turns out a lot of skaters fell that night! Oops! You sure couldn't have figured that out by watching NBC!
Enzo DiMatteo, news editor for Toronto's alternative weekly Now magazine. I'm pretty certain that Mr. DiMatteo would not be at all amused being compared to/confused with Rosie.
Be it not enough qualified coaches, too many skaters are too tall for the sport, skaters are too pressured to ditch skating to play hockey instead, I don't know because I don't live in Canada.
According to your calculations, half of all skating medals should be for China because China is the most populated country in the world.
The article seems kind of mean in some ways, however since I can't even watch skating events I don't really care who won or not because ESPN doesn't show skating anymore, mexican tv doesn't show skating and I don't know any decent online skating sites.
I will however give her credit for that, Jennifer Robinson was granted the gold too many times when she didn't live up to expectations at all. However almost all federations do their little games letting skaters with bigger names but don't live up to the hype to be sent to major events. Fumie Suguri was given special treatment far too long.Apart from providing an intriguing glimpse into the machinations of the Skate Canada politburo — an organization with a long history of big-footing athletes and promoting favourites over those who’ve earned their ranking on the ice —
So cynical. "Beyond Chan" is a dumb thing to say in and of itself. "Other than the elite 20-year-old gold medal favourite who has the footwork, spins, and artistry of a COP skater and the jump content of a prime 6.0 Yagudin and potentially won't even hit his peak until AFTER the 2014 Olympics..."
Some people are just able to see the negatives. I feel sorry for her. Life is her punishment.
Just as an example of Rosie's fine writings on other topics here is her most recent commentary, about how the Toronto transit drivers are so meeeaaannnn to her.
You should never write words with numbers. Unless you're seven. Or your name is Prince. - "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Word Crimes"
There I was, thinking the Russian journalists were mean. Ha!