rfisher - You're right about the timing and I am making an assumption she knew very well about the injury beforehand.
Oh well if it was her last Worlds, I can excuse her but only under the condition she never competes again.
How would the U.S.'s spots for next year have been determined if she had withdrawn after the SP?
If TZ ignored a serious injury and kept the facts from USFSA what can USFSA do? Is there any sanctions that can be enforced? As political as this would be we may never know.
Ryan's injury was public knowledge.. USFSA could have "pulled him"
Now, for all we know USFSA knew about Rachel's injury too. They generally seem to let the skater and his/her team make the decision to skate or not skate.
(I realize that Phil Hersh says is now being quoted which has me When folks don't like what he says he's horrid and now he's a good source... I don't think Phil's interview with one person is exactly "conclusive" )
Didn't Rachael also skate injured at the GPF?
Why wouldn't first alternates, or for that matter all alternates, get visas just in case? After all, being an alternate means possibly having to make the trip on short notice.
Evan Lysacek won the 2009 World Championships with a stress fracture to his left foot. The foot began bothering him after 4CC and was diagnosed shortly before the WC.
Xue Shen was injured when she won a World's championship. IIRC, it was her foot or ankle. MK competed with a stress fx in her foot.