I love Z/G at Skate America, too.
A potentially big issue for the teams is that in the 2012 ISU Special Regulations document, Rule 400-A-5 was added:
Rule 378, paragraph 3 states,
5. To be entered into and participate in the Olympic Winter Games a Competitor/Couple must have reached in an ISU recognized International Competition (as per Article 38, paragraph 7 and Rule 107, paragraphs 1 to 9) during the ongoing or immediately preceding season the applicable minimum Total Technical Score (points) established for the ISU Championships (see Rule 378, paragraph 3).
3. Minimum Total Technical Scores:
To be entered into and participate in the Senior ISU Championships a Competitor/Couple must have reached in an ISU recognized International Competition (as per Article 38, paragraph 7** and Rule 107, paragraphs 1 to 9*) during the ongoing or immediately preceding season the applicable minimum Total Technical Scores (points). The applicable minimum Total Technical Scores shall be decided for each season by the ISU Council based on a joint proposal from the respective Technical Committee and the Sports Directorate and shall be published in an ISU Communication.
No Minimum Score is required for the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
*Rule 107 1-9 lists the valid speed skating events, ISU Championships, Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games, Grand Prix/Final, World Team Trophy, and defines non-ISU junior and senior International competitions (at least one foreign member invited, entry through members only, at least two members must participate, all the ISU rules apply, TV rights need ISU sign-off).
**Article 38 7 lists where the details are found for each type of competition.
Communication 1742, which announced this year's minimum scores, overrode the preliminary rounds, set different minimums for Worlds vs. Euros/4C's, and overrode the "no minimums for Jr. Worlds" the ISU Constitution document, citing Article 17.1.q (i.e., The-ISU-Council-Can-Do-Whatever-We-Want rule):
For next season's minimum score announcement, they could set the Olympic TES minimums anywhere on the scale, or decide not to impose them. If they want a full field and especially not have mud on their face WRT the new team event, the latter is a distinct possibility, because to get the fields big enough within both the existing qualifying process and TES minimums, the Olympics TES minimums might have to be lower than Worlds TES minimums. If I were the IOC, I'd be shaking my head over that. (Or the Worlds TES minimums would have to be lowered to allow more skaters, which would defeat the purpose of setting them high in the first place.)
In case exceptional circumstances so require and warrant
i) modification of any Rule in the General Regulations, Special Regulations and in Technical Rules;
ii) suspension of applicability of any Rule in the General Regulations, Special Regulations and in Technical Rules;
iii) granting an exception from a requirement specified in any Rule in the General Regulations, Special Regulations and in any Technical Rules in order to prevent unusual hardship.
For the Council to act under this paragraph 1.q) to modify, suspend or grant an exception to any Rule in the General Regulations, Special Regulations and/or any Technical Rules, there must exist "exceptional circumstances" which, for purposes of this paragraph, are circumstances that are unusual, rare and not typical and that make the action of the Council in lieu of the Congress necessary and provide an adequate basis for the Council's action.
In the absence of exceptional circumstances in an emergency situation that require and warrant immediate action by the Council, Members will be provided with fourteen (14) days written notice of any proposed Rule change(s) and the opportunity to provide written comments on proposed Rule change(s) before the Council takes any action under this paragraph 1.q).
If they keep high TES minimums, it's possible that they'll end up with even more teams skating only three disciplines, because where a skater in a discipline didn't qualify, they could only be appointed if they met the minimum TES score rule. Alternately, they could pull a GP-like ruling and say that only individual event participants have to make the minimums, but appointed team members don't.