The link used to be in reply to someone asking him to tell them a joke. His reply was "the Four Continents alternate list."
Last edited by sadc; 02-04-2012 at 08:03 AM. Reason: removed assumption not grounded in fact
Take good care of that hip, Jeremy!
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Given what happened last year for the World Team, I would guess the USFS is getting more conservative into who they choose to send to Championships. Remember the uproar against the USFS last year for strictly going by Nationals placements and ditching Abbott for Miner?
Objectively: Armin at 4CCs last year received over 20 points less than what Richard got at Worlds last year (only US men in top ten and saving US' second spot). This season, Armin placed 8th and 10th against Richard's 4th and 6th in the GPs. Armin's 2011-12 season's best score is 20 points lower than Richard's. Richard beat Armin at the free at Nationals. So the only one time where Richard truly tanked was Nationals sp. If I were USFS, I would give Richard a chance too. If not for the result potential, then at least for the mere fact that Richard's placement at Nationals may not be good enough to secure him international assignments for next season.
I am frankly LOL-ing that no one said a word about this when the list was announced, but now everyone is jumping all over the place when it really happens. I would only expect this kind of reaction when one of the ladies pull out and Flatt gets sent.
This was discussed by plenty of people in the US assignment thread in the US Nationals sub forum on this board. Many had a problem with it then and they still have a problem with it now.
Mahbanoozadeh went to 4C's last year with Rippon and Abbott after placing 6th at US Nationals, and the top three were skipped and not given the opportunity to earn $$$ and likely higher WS points. If anyone should feel wuzrobbed, it would be Razzano.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I don't understand why anyone could say "Ricky did well on the Grand Prix" ????
This bothered me so much I looked up his record because I don't remember him even competing. In China he was last in the short and 5th in the free finishing 6th overall with a 205. At Skate America he was 5th in the short and 6th in the long finishing 4th overall with a 202. Doug Razzano beat Ricky in the freeskate at Skate America and in both the short and the free at US Nationals and finished 8 spots ahead of him.
Well put, Marco.
The other part is that Ross, Armin and Doug are the alternates for Worlds, so there is some sharing.
I read the Detroit Free Press Article. According to Yuka, it sounds like the back spasms which are affecting his hip were brought on by fatigue. It doesn't sound serious by any means *whew*
They are withdrawing from 4CC's to play it safe.
Politiks at its finest. I suspect this carefully engineered "campaign" began as soon as Dornbush got off the ice in the short program.
I think it is almost always wrong to give a skater who finished lower at Nationals a Worlds/4CC/Jr Worlds spot over a skater who receives no assignment.
And "first alternate" my ass. They knew Dornbush would be going when they named the teams.