WTF? If a strong athlete comes to Europeans and melts down in a big way, would the level of competition not decrease? If Joe NooneknowswhothefeckIam goes to Euros and , does that not bring the level of competition up?"The rule of the minimum score required for skater to participate in European and World Championships, which was adopted not long ago, is directed against weak athletes,” Aleksandr Gorshkov, head of Russia’s Figures Skating Federation told R-Sport news agency. “Its idea is to filter out those skaters so that the level of competition won’t decrease. And Plushchenko is clearly no weak athlete.”
If it goes by points, it goes by points. No exceptions because of of who the skater is.
I'm not a fan of Plushenko, and his team has been around long enough to have made sure they knew the rules, but I'm more pissed at special treatment some skaters expect and receive.