Last edited by LilJen; 05-22-2012 at 03:41 AM.
BARK LESS. WAG MORE.
Well, I guess we're starting to see the consequences of limiting GP spots on worthy US skaters. (and probably other countries as well, but I'm not as clued in)
BARK LESS. WAG MORE.
Josh was guaranteed one event and if he wanted it and didn't get the only reason I can think of is USFS not sending his name which of course would be a big time dropping the ball scenario.
Yeah, the rule changes are really fecking things up. It's not pleasant.
The Junior Grand Prix: Where skaters who "come out of nowhere" come from.
Last edited by euterpe; 05-22-2012 at 02:57 AM.
Not sure how Ragozine, Menshov, Dmitriev, Hendrix, and Voronov got one as they weren't host picks. Rules must have changed?
So strange to have the entries come out before the GP announcement and the rules. Are they trying to make the GP rules fit what they've decided?
The boy was 2nd at JW, 0.47 of a point from WINNING the entire competition! Dmitriev was 14th at the same event and he has a GP that isn't even a host pick, and he didn't make the JGPF either where Josh was a strong 3rd, just a handful of points off the lead. His SB is less than a point below those of Rippon and Miner who each have 2 GPs, and is over 15 points higher than Ricky Dornbush's SB and Ricky also has 2 GPs!
The boy clearly deserves at least 1 GP if not 2!
If USFS actually shafted him and didn't submit his name for selection when he asked to be considered, I would look into switching representation, honestly. He is just as good as Rippon and Miner already, his SB shows that, and further, he doesn't have 3a problems like Rippon does and is farther along on his quad than Miner is (and honestly, than Rippon is too). And then beyond those two and Abbott, his SB crushed those of any other US senior men this season, and that was at a junior event!
Any smart federation would be grooming him for the Olympic team in 2014, Abbott is not getting any younger, Rippon has major technique issues, Weir was a headcase in his prime, Miner is solid and consistency but his artistry needs a lot of work and he has no quad yet, and all the other US men apart from Dornbush, who is probably the best all-around skater after Abbott at this point but seems to be headed down the headcase path as of late, get abysmally low marks internationally.
The international judges like Josh, they give him freaking 7s for PCS at junior events! He has well-developed artistry, solid technique, a strong and reliable 3a, has been training a 4t for over a year now and has attempted it in competition before, great spins that consistently get level 4s and +2s for GOE, and he's 17! Seriously, USFS, you are delusional if you think Rippon, Miner, and Abbott are better hopes for the future than this kid.
I hope Josh kicks butt on the JGP and then again at Nationals and gets marked fairly to show how stupid USFS is for screwing him over like this.
The men's 60 GP slots break down by country & number of men per country as follows:
12 countries, 33 different men + 6 TBA slots
JPN 13 slots / 7 [corrected from 6] different men
USA 12 / 6 + 1 TBA
CAN 7 / 4 + 1 TBA
RUS 7 / 5 + 1 TBA
FRA 5 / 2 + 1 TBA
CHN 4 / 3 + 1 TBA
CZE 4 / 2
ESP 2 / 1
ITA 2 / 1
KAZ 2 / 1
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-22-2012 at 06:33 AM. Reason: to correct the # of JPN men & remove the TBA
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Plus then there's Majarov who has a low SB score as well.
This is such a load of BS. Poor Josh.