I feel the majority of the posters here are being unfair to Cinquanta. You may not agree with his decisions, but how do you know for a fact that "all he cares about is $$$" or that "he doesn't care about the skaters"? I know that I would never want to be in his shoes, especially right now. And no matter what the decision is, you won't please everyone.
Woah, hey guys! All I did was go to school for one day and I come back to find a new thread?
Anyway, my mom and I had a very long discussion today, after which I came to two conclusions:
1. I hope that, in some way, this serves an an impetus for figure/synchro skaters to create the International Figure Skating Union or something like that, with a strong planner at the head. I don't fault Speedy for what's going on, but I don't think he's a very effective leader-nor do I think he properly understands the sport he represents. This isn't his "fault," and speed skaters probably love him, but he just isn't getting the job done for figure skaters. And they deserve someone who understands their specific needs and concerns.
2. If JSF is fighting to make this Worlds happen (or worse, threatening to sue), their priorities seem slightly off to me. But that's a judgement call and I don't feel like starting a heated argument.
Either way, the situation in Japan is awful and I just don't think one Worlds will ever, EVER be anywhere NEAR as important as Japanese recovery.
His ram-through of ISU regulations designed to squelch even the mildest criticism of the judging system can be documented. Oh, and there's a large villa in Italy that begs questions of how it was funded.
That said, to keep the sport doing even what it is now requires sponsor money, and yes, he does need to keep it coming in, Japan is the country (like the US in the 1990s) that is funding the rest of the world's international skating.
New Hersh blog: Along with an offer from Russia, USFS has offered Colorado Springs or Lake Placid for late May/early April.
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One thing I haven't seen mentioned here is that the head of the JSF is a former speed skater, as well as a well-connected member of the Diet. She was even a Deputy Foreign Minister for a brief time. She could give $peedy major agita
And when he "warned" Joannie who wanted to skate in honor of her mother on TV but skipping the Worlds? and pressured Yu-Na to partecipate at 2010 4CC?
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It's quite noble of you to ask the skaters to give up their income and skate for free. It's not you that will be out their total year's earnings in the process.
I think the major issue with the potential May-July Worlds is (apart from the fact that some skaters will not have access to ice) the eligibility rules. Eligible skaters aren't supposed to skate in shows during the season. If Worlds was in, say, May, wouldn't that mean that the season now encompasses that period of time from October 2010 to May 2011? Suddenly skaters can't perform at shows until after Worlds in May at risk of losing their eligibility. And what happens if Worlds is in October? Does that mean the skaters cannot perform in shows until then? What happens to their eligibility? And if by the letter of the rules they can't, well gee, how nice that'll be for them, "Sorry, because we're greedy and want our money, we're going to stop you making money for yourself."Cinquanta: "You cannot always listen to what the skaters want. These are exceptional circumstances. Some of the skaters are even minors."
Perhaps I've confused myself, but I just find myself quite sensitive to eligibility issues at the moment. I'd hate to see any of the skaters get into the same knot that Plushenko found himself in - by accident or with hardly any notice.
tl;dr my understanding of the eligibility rules is that an eligible skater cannot skate in shows during the competition season. If Worlds is held later in the year that means the competition season is extended, thereby eligible skaters can't skate in shows until Worlds is held, therefore restricting their earning capacity and putting skaters in danger of accidentally becoming ineligible. Correct read, wrong read, or other read of the situation re that?
Detroit Free Press article titled "World Figure Skating Championships coaches not in favor of move to October": http://www.freep.com/article/2011031...|text|Sports|s
(the 3 quoted are Dungjen, Shpilband and Camerlengo)I [Jo-Ann Barnas] spoke to three figure skating coaches today -- including two who coach five of the top 11 teams in the ISU world rankings in ice dance -- and none of them wants to see worlds moved to October. Each said they'd prefer to hold the competition in April or May in another country, if possible.
I've gotta jump on board before this thread closes! I knew that I was missing major discussions by not logging on to FSU for a few days. This may have been discussed in one of the earlier threads (I only had a chance to read the current one), but I would think that the powers that be would have to take into account the ability, both mentally/emotionally and physically, of the japanese skaters to compete at Worlds if they were held within the next month or two. And since they make up a pretty good portion of the top tier in ladies and mens, would it be fair to them to go forward? I know they're athletes, but this event is life-changing, and they may not be able to perform to their usual standards in the midst of it. My vote is to cancel Worlds this year. Probably not a popular vote, but there you have it...