IN article before Nationals in Omaha: QUOTE:
"The past few seasons, the team has attempted the throw triple Axel, a maneuver only two-time U.S. pairs champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin have landed cleanly in international competition. Although they have also worked to perfect the throw quadruple Salchow, it's likely neither element will appear in competition in Omaha. Instead, the pair will stick with throw double Axel and throw triple Salchow, the elements they executed in their Grand Prix events.
"We spent a lot of time working on the throw Axel and quad, and we kind of weighed our options," Shnapir said. "We just decided, if we put out strong, clean programs without them, we can still score well.
"I think our new programs and the commitment we made together to really stick to the original concept -- working on our skating skills and in-between elements and transitions and whatnot -- has helped us improve our score internationally. You can see the biggest jump for us has been our second mark. If we were to make the world team, it's definitely something we would like to try in the programs, putting in the harder throws.""
Martin said in same article.... And for now, the coach is focused on showing his pair's consistency in Omaha.
"The biggest thing this year is their maturation and growth in every aspect of their skating," he said. "Clearly, they want to build the performance side. One throw isn't going to win a competition. We hope to use [the throw triple Axel or throw quad] as a 'secret weapon' down the road."
I think the secret is it out.and I think if D/C were going to World's they would put it in and if S/K or Z/B were going they would water it down still...problem is they were third in FS at Omaha right? beat by both S/K and Z/B?
..this is a point focused sport now for sure. I think it is strange that I read several articles saying if they make World's they will add the harder throws after they won Nationals I saw many interviews where they were back tracking on those hyped up articles. I wonder if they made a difference in scoring? and if USFS is disappointed in this decision. I see the points can be gained but I also see if you do a FS and fall on a throw d axel or throw T sal it could be devastating. So a crap shoot...odds on them landing the super easy throws are better then landing the "harder throws" I guess and....
If only one thing goes wrong they are screwed...but I can appreciate a gamble so what ever they decide they are doing what is best for them and I support that fully! just bummed.cause I know they can do it...but this is still a political sport with political moves to be made...and strategy to be played and I respect that too. ON to World's!