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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex View Post
    No Stephane Lambiel? He'd be perfect for this type of comp.
    He's eligible for the competition. See the list of eligible men.

    As for the whole contemporary music, I suspect that idea is aimed at attracting casual viewers and encouraging skaters not to fear doing something to current music because the judges prefer the same tried-and-true music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless View Post
    He's eligible for the competition. See the list of eligible men.
    For some reason, I did not see it before....maybe I was looking for it too hard.

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    Please kill me.

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    i hope it works, but i cant see it
    why
    1) i feel it might just be more exclusive than normal; the old open -pro am competitions which scott, kristi and etc skated in the people they basically chose were from SOI tour; and IMG skaters, few skaters outside that got in
    the pro-am basically chose current competitive skaters; and few pro.

    2) the show should be (people oriented-due the fact they have to watch and buy so-called products that sponsors show--not skater oriented)
    what i mean is no Cop- or all cop,
    like people fall 3 times, win; pops wins, ur's, wins. shouldn't rig contest so ogm medalist wins.like scott stated in one of his books, the pro competitions, knew who would win ahead of time, the judges talked in back and decided who would win and that person one. it was an book from scott that came out in the 2000, that mentioned the judges rigging the pro competition.

    3) if only cop who would watch. and why.

    3) it sounds and shapes up like grand prix events for pros instead of eligible.

    4) wonder if he did it to help promote his SOI skaters, in U.s.

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    ETA: wrong thread, sorry!

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    I see on the website that it'll be all about skaters delivering "fan-friendly" routines.

    Guess that means no Weir, no Plushenko, no Yagudin, no Joubert, etc...

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    "Fan-friendly" is not necessarily the same as "family-friendly."

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    Every time I've showed performances from this season to friends who don't care about or know anything about figure skating, they've all fallen in love with Florent Amodio's worlds freeskate. Too bad he's not eligible. He'd bring in younger viewers.

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    Including JW would be good for ratings. Even in australia most people i associate with know who he is, where as the same people would say "michelle who?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyWarhol View Post
    Including JW would be good for ratings. Even in australia most people i associate with know who he is, where as the same people would say "michelle who?"
    Johnny is the most well known skater today...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    "Fan-friendly" is not necessarily the same as "family-friendly."
    Wanna bet? I would reckon it probably is, but they know the bad PR associated with "family friendly"....


    I still want them to invite Kulik, just to watch him absolutely trounce just about every single eligible man. Also I'm up for a Plushenko vs Kulik battle and I'm sure they would be too!

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    Stephane will make this fun...........

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    all i am saying is if the ice wants the (american fan base) they have to at least do something for them. unlike the competitions-
    the public has told them partly what is wrong i know since 1990, did they listen, it seems not. so alot of the fan base isn't there and they have a hard time getting them back, and the figure skating world wonders why.
    i think partly is because when they told them what the fan base wanted and they didn't listen or do it, or use code words to cheat for certain skaters.
    figure skating world wonders why the american fan base left or is mightly suspicious of anything /anyone who wins an OGM./world medal.


    premise is good is getting public to watch/keep watching, and not seem so onesided . without cheating of any kind /favoritism.

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    I want to see this! It'll be great to see some of my favorite pro-skaters compete again!

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    I like the idea of seeing the pros compete again!
    Do you think there could be a chance of seeing Yagudin compete there?
    The 10-years rule should be ok und he always was great in his professional competitions :-)
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    Why would Yagudin want to compete in this competition? Does he even have all of his triples? The last youtube clips I watched of him he mostly did wonky doubles and I can't see him starting to practice like a maniac because of this competition. Yagudin has achieved such a reputation among so many figure skating fans that I don't think he wants to go there and "ruin" it by competing against the current competitive guys who obviously would win.

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    Is there anyone else out there hoping that this will be like the old "Landover" World Pro competitions that ended about 10 yrs ago? So many classic routines came out of that event through the years, such as Hamill's 'Do the Bear Cat,' Cousins' 'Satan Takes a Holiday,' Borwning's 'Brick House,' Underhill/Martini's 'On My Own," T/D's "Song of India," Scott's 'In the Mood' (well, practically everything by Scott @ Landover), Galindo's "YMCA"...my personal all-time fave, etc. It would be really great if the emphasis would be more on creativity, rather than the eligible ISU Code of Points (even in the 'Tech' routines), so that long-time pros and current-eligibles could be equally competitive.

    Also, it would be nice if the judges would be, as in Landover, great skaters of the past and not necessarily regular ISU officials/judges (although I realize that many greats from the past are ISU tech Specialists and/or judges). It would be REALLY cool if, just for this competition, 6.0 could be brought back, for the sake of cheesy nostalgia.

    As before, my concerns (the possible negatives) are:

    - Any potential preference/skewing of results for skaters on SOI contracts
    - The rumor that "contemporary music" be mandated, which goes against the desire for creativity (I'm thinking Biellman's creative numbers ot silence, poetry readings, classics, new age, etc., as well as contemporary)
    - possible ridiculously low scores using a 10.0 or 6.0 system...a-la Roz Sumners being marked too low at Landover, year after year (esp her 1987 tech to West Side Story)...or Blumberg/Siebert, who were exquisite even when they had their crazy falls or trips.
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