I emailed a friend of mine to tell her I'd be devoting much of the week to watching Worlds online, and this was her response:
Why do you think US skaters are headed down the slope instead of up? Too few skating rinks turning out too few skaters, or is it just not the thing to do anymore?
I don't know the answer, and I don't particularly trust my theories, so I figured I'd ask here. And then I'll know what to tell my friend!