Last time the Swiss federation threatened to not host Euros if prelims weren't aproved, and if the rumours are true that skate Canada wouldn't host 2013 worlds if prelims are gone then who else would volunteer???.. We could be looking at Worlds being host every year at Japan just like WTT :S
I did like the prelims. It felt more like a real competition where skaters had to qualify for the main event instead of really really weak skaters just being there because their federations are ISU members. And like someone said, I'd rather do a long trip and peform my Long program instead of a short. Anyways, Im not a skater so Im not sure how they genuinely feel about this topic.
The ISU doesn't care how inconvenient any changes might be for those who have already made plans.
I'm afraid that's the only thing we can be sure about!
Ah, I really liked the preliminaries, more skating and time to get into competition mood. And for the skaters a real chance to impress judges. Also a treat: seeing previously retired guys like Pluschenko alongside weaker skaters, and of course: a free skate always shows more of a skater's potential than a short on which everything depends.
But the skaters are happy that prelims are gone, at least Valentina Marchei's twitter says so...
Whilst I was initially very happy to see preliminaries gone, most likely this is what is going to happen now as a result.
And if it does, then smaller federations won't even be able to enter any skaters to ISU Championships...
Really badly played.
When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.
As much as I hated the Preliminary Rounds, having them is definitely better - both for the small federations and for us - to the situation that we might end up with now, with skaters from smaller federations not being able to compete at ISU Championships at all.
And I wonder what's going to happen about 2013 Worlds. Japan will take them?
Plus, smaller federations have to start somewhere.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
The only thing I care about is going back to the Tue-Sat schedule and not having the 2 finals on Saturday. I hope that changes now that theyve ditched the qualies. Mind you, I am assuming that wont be the case for the 2013 season, as the tickets and dates for the championships are already sold and set.
I dont understand why would a nation dump hosting an event if the qualies are not there anymore? I am lost...
Everybody who got eliminated, got eliminated at the beginning of the week meaning they only used 2 days of ice time for practice.
Those who didn't need to skate in the Preliminary Rounds didn't start their practices until Monday at earliest.
So all in all, a bit less ice time was needed.
Now what I don't understand is why they can't change it so that all the federations have to pay their own expenses and solve the problem this way.
I guess the answer is: no federations are going to willingly vote to bear more expenses.
But wouldn't doing that be better than not having your skaters at ISU Championships at all...
It is a sad statement, if it is true, that a country like Canada - that chose a VERY modest location with limited seating - could not host this event. Very sad statement for the status of the sport in North America.