If we wanted to see skaters compete with, say, the hardest jump combinations they've ever landed in practice, we'd want an event where they can do the difficult elements in isolation, not when they're already tired or when they have to stay focused for another 3-4 minutes afterward.
But under the proposed format, it shouldn't be too hard for skaters to water down their programs for the team competition and then put back the hardest content possible for the individual competition. Leave out the last jumps of some combinations, or leave out revolutions. Leave out some features from the spins or steps. Replace a difficult transition move with a resting section. They wouldn't have to totally rechoreograph.
Although if they preferred to have a relatively easier program for the team event and a more challenging program for the individual event, I doubt there would be any rule forbidding them from having a completely different program with completely different music and choreography.
I wish they could have worlds and the WTT immediately after to see how it would work. But at this point no one knows how it's going to work and I haven't seen that the ISU has given hints about how it will work. It's really just speculation at this point.
Forgive me for not having read the whole thread: Is there word out how the team event will be constructed? All for disciplines? A free program here, a short there?
Does anyone think that this will encourage some more federations to try and create some pair/dance teams to try and qualify? I know any teams would have to pass their country's Olympic Associtaion standards anyway to make it...but it might be nice to see some more teams.
I agree with what a lot of you are saying, but I think it's quite exciting to have something new. I would love it if GB could have a team in 2014, after all, we had a lady, pair and 2 dance teams in Vancouver... but no man, and Kemp/King and Jenna probably won't stay till Sochi. Would the entrants all have to be countries who had qualified an entry in *each*discipline for the individual event?
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