If by "after season 2009/10" (translated to 2010/11) they mean the snapshot of world standings now, then Samuelson/Bates, who are ranked 17th, will be guaranteed one spot, even if not chosen for Skate America. If they mean at the beginning of next season, when 2009 points are dropped and 2010 points are factored by 70%, then S/B will drop out of the top 24 with only 750 points and can only qualify through a host pick.b) Skaters/couples with an ISU World Standing placement of 1 – 24 (after season 2009/10) and skaters/couples with seasonal best scores in the top 24 (for season 2009/10) who do not hold an ISU World Standing placement of 1 – 24 will be guaranteed one (1) event if they do not otherwise meet the
listed in paragraphs 2.1 or 2.2 above.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
US dance will, as its been for the past few seasons, will be a event at Nationals next season.
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Because I've been watching U.S. dance longer than many who hopped on the bandwagon when B/A came around
Seriously though, S/B are technically young in age number but have already been to worlds and olympics multiple times, and while have been decently received by the international judges, it's no where near the reception that the Shibs just got. Yes, I know teams have retired since the olympics, ect. But does any one think really think the USFSA will favor them over the world bronze medalists? NON. The shibs will have to either make a major mistake, or S/B will have to have better international results than the Shibs in order for that to happen.
I LOVE S/B and I hope I'm wrong, but I just don't see them getting any higher than 3rd at nationals next year. Regardless I hope they have two programs and that they come back better than ever!