I love this event. Gives skaters the opportunity to compete on the Olympic ice before their main event. And, it can work, like gymnastics made it work. So much for some of the ladies not showing up until the second week to maximize their training time at home, though....
On further thought, if I could rejigger the skating sched I would make the SP's also the qualifier for the team competition. Forget qualification based on 2013, etc. Just go with who has qualified for Sochi in their event. This adds drama to the SP which has lacked some since IJS because you can't lose the event in the SP so much anymore...so there's less at stake.
So, Team Free would be the only added event.
I'd also space everything out to give skaters ample time between events and I'd have all the SPs at the beginning. Think of most major events...all event 'prelims' in first week, all medal events second week. So, order would be:
Pairs SP, Men SP, Dance SD, Ladies SP, Team Free, Pairs FP, Men FP, Dance FD, Ladies LP.
Team Free takes six best teams based on SP scores and you have 6x4=24 skates in the team event on one evening.
Just a thought...