Read this online as Skate Milwaukee is on the horizon (not sure if this was posted in Kiss n Cry):
"Some of the top figure skaters from the U.S., along with skaters from Argentina, Canada and Croatia, will perform their programs before international judges Wednesday through Sunday at the Kern Center on the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus.
"It really is meant to be a learning, developmental competition," said Gale Tanger, chief referee for the event. "I tell skaters, 'You don't come to Skate Milwaukee to win; you come here to learn.'
"I want to make sure they leave knowing their direction and knowing the rules."
more from the article....
Skate Milwaukee, hosted by the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club, is sanctioned by the U.S. Figure Skating Association but is a non-qualifying event. The purpose of the competition is for skaters to get feedback from judges about their programs.
Among the judges who will attend is Alexander Lakernik of Russia, chair of the singles and pairs committee of the International Skating Union. He sets the rules for international competitions.
Again....From Gale Tanger:
Ashley Cain of Dallas, fresh off her victory at the Broadmoor Open, also will compete. She will represent the U.S. in at least one Senior Grand Prix event, the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow in November.
"I think Ashley is superb," Tanger said. "She was terribly, terribly sick at nationals last year. She still skated, but if she had not been sick there's no question in my mind she would have been on the Olympic team."
As the representative of USFS, is this an appropriate comment by the individual who is a prominent player in the selection of athletes for the international competitions (including the upcoming SGP or JGP events)? Or, should she be as supportive as possible of all of the athletes, and not make selective comments about specific athletes? hmmmmmmm......