I would have this gala and line-up of stars twice:
1. At the site of the latest Winter Olympics (Vancouver) soon after the next Worlds (meaning, I hope, April/May timeframe). Jkl, hopefully Southwest flies to Vancouver!
2. In Tokyo, in the fall, or even winter, once the situation stabilizes. The idea is to get Janet, Rodnina, Tara, Ilya, Johnny et al to Japan, where they are so beloved. This could be a huge success and money-maker to rebuild Japan which will still need help next winter. This is long-term development.
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)
Certainly not Lysacek! I'd assume Japanese people suffered enough already!
I vote for the southeast......and all of the skaters, esp. the German pairs team and Kulik and Lambriel.
Well, you HAVE to have as many Olympic champions as you can muster!
Plushenko and Kulik for sure (both beloved in Japan) but I notice a lack of Yagudin in this thread! His autobiography was first released in Japan, they love him!
Maybe they should do a sort of world tour?
World team member Richard Dornbush trains in Riverside, Calif. He would be a great choice!!