With the GP being announced so early again this season, there'll be plenty of changes later on, I think. So some people might drop out and others get a second assignment.
What did Dornbush do to merit 2 assignments?
And why no Armin?
Why is USFS wasting a spot on Rachael Flatt?
I mean you never know, Flatt might turn her career around but I just don't understand rewarding her for her last two seasons.
I'd have left that spot TBA and yeah maybe would give it to Flatt but ONLY if she showed good form during the Summer events.
It is indeed surprising that Paul/Islam got totally dumped. Maybe Gilles/Poirier have been monitored and really improved a lot already?
Some federations are smart playing a waiting game, leaving a spot TBA even though it's clear which skater of theirs should get this spot.
But if they can give that skater a second spot via replacement system, then they can have an extra spot for somebody else.
Amending kwanfan1818's earlier post:
US Ladies (12 slots, 8 skaters):
Two: Wagner (USA/France), Gold and Zhang (Canada/Russia), Zawadzki (Russia/Japan)
One: Nagasu (China), Czisny (Japan), Gao and Flatt (USA)
US Men (12 slots, 6 skaters for now):
Two: Abbott (USA/France), Miner (Canada/Japan), Rippon (China/Japan), Dornbush (Russia/Japan), Weir (Russia/France)
One: Razzano (USA), TBA at Skate America
US Pairs (10 slots, 7 teams for now):
Two: Denney/Coughlin (USA/Russia), Marley/Brubaker (Canada/Japan)
One: Donlan/Speroff (USA), Castelli/Shnapir (Japan), Vise/Baldwin (Canada), Yankowskas/Reagan (China), Davis/Ladwig (Japan), TBA at Skate America
US Dance (9 slots, 5 teams for now):
Two: Davis/White (USA/Japan), Hubbell/Donohue (Canada, France), Shibutani/Shibutani (Russia/Japan)
One: Kriengkrairut/Giulietti-Schmitt (USA), Chock/Bates (China), TBA at Skate America
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Haribobo, I think Samantha Cesario has aged out of Juniors now.
They can do both.
Chinese Fed is usually really slow about giving their skaters opportunities and wants them to prove themselves many times over first.
As for Farris and Brown, maybe they weren't guaranteed two GP spots and thought it would make more sense to make the JGP final?
He's probably not making a comeback.
Hahahaha at American pairs getting more slots than ice dance. This is a reflection of how thin the world of pairs has become, and how deep the ice dance field is.
Congratulations 2014 World Ice Dance Champions Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte!!!
Anyways, my guess is their decision had more to do with giving them more options post nationals. If they moved up to senior GP, they couldn't go to JW again based on new rules, but this way, they can be assigned to JW, 4CC and/or senior Worlds after nationals so they have more options. For example, Ricky competed on the JGP in 10-11 then went on to senior Worlds after competing senior at Nationals, so in his case, doing JGP didn't hurt him. So I understand that, but they are ready for senior GP so why not just move up and aim for 4CC and Worlds and not worry about having JW as a fallback?
Also Cesario is born in August of 1993 so she still has one more season of JGP age-eligibility because she misses the cutoff.
If that's their plan, then it gets interesting to consider who that TBA could be. Samuelson/Gilles? Aldridge/Eaton? Cannuscio/McManus? McNamara/Carptenter? A new team? (Everyone else scoring 120+ at nationals has split).
I wonder where Aldridge/Eaton factor into the GP, as they're 16th on the Season's Best list and 23rd on World Standings / 19th World Seasons Ranking. Would they remain Junior GP?
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Really puzzled at why Flatt got even one and why they didn't hold back a slot until seeing summer competitions and finding out who has the current skills.
And really, really puzzled that Armin got dumped, and that the massively underwhelming Ricky got gifted with two assignments. (Or is there some injury to Armin?)
I'd guess that Denney/Frazier will skate senior at qualifying comps and Nationals, but looks like they're out on the JGP this season, unless they get the TBA at Skate America? I'd rather see them get some GP experience since I think it is entirely possible that they end up on the Worlds team given some of the other teams. Love Castelli/Shnapir, but I don't see them moving ahead until he figures out how to land SBS jumps, and D/F has already got that figured out.
Puzzled at Farris not going GP; he's got a 3 axel, and has already medaled at JW. Perhaps he decided that 2 JGP + probable JGPF was a lot better than 1 GP.
Brown makes sense -- he didn't medal at JW, needs to compete with a 3 axel as often as possible, and a likely 2 JGP + probably JGPF gives him plenty of competitive outings. Can he do a Senior B under the new rules?
Denney/Frazier haven't attempted a sbs triple in competition yet, so let's wait and see. I think they will benefit by returning to the JGP and aiming to improve on their results from last year, qualify for the JGP Final, etc.I'd guess that Denney/Frazier will skate senior at qualifying comps and Nationals, but looks like they're out on the JGP this season, unless they get the TBA at Skate America? I'd rather see them get some GP experience since I think it is entirely possible that they end up on the Worlds team given some of the other teams. Love Castelli/Shnapir, but I don't see them moving ahead until he figures out how to land SBS jumps, and D/F has already got that figured out.
Yes, but there are quite a lot of U.S. men who are candidates for a Senior B that don't have any other assignment prospects, so I hope they are considered first.Brown makes sense -- he didn't medal at JW, needs to compete with a 3 axel as often as possible, and a likely 2 JGP + probably JGPF gives him plenty of competitive outings. Can he do a Senior B under the new rules?
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-21-2012 at 03:38 PM.