What the hell is the point of the World Championships if not to be a championship for skaters all over the world, where the best skater in every country gets a shot to compete? If you want all the barriers to compete that you can think of, fine, that's the GP, go knock yourselves out with your exclusive competitions that approach irelevance when your field of six gets winnowed down to four because of injuries and withdrawls. Yeah, some countries have deep fields and it sucks that their 4th skater is zomg so much better than all those skaters from other countries, but you know what, I can see the 4th best Russian skater at RUS nationals. Worlds aren't one or two or three countries' national championships. It's the world friggin championships. It should be open. There should be a big field. That's the whole bloody point!