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    Quote Originally Posted by judiz View Post
    Totally agree, hopefully someone will restart Champions on Ice which I thought was so much better than SOI. BUT, I have to admit I enjoyed watching the Cheesefests just because it gave me the chance to see most of my favorite skaters in the same show.
    I too liked COI much better than SOI. However, I hate cheesefests, regardless of who is in it. They have degraded figure skating as a sport and as an art. No wonder Michelle did not want to have anything to do with them. I would rather RIP the cheesefests and resurrect the pro competitions, but who is going to do that?

    P.S. The world team trophy was essentially a cheesefest, under a respectable name. The results were so ridiculous that it was hard to take it seriously. The Landover pro competitions produced some great skating and great opportunities for skaters to have a career after the Olympics. That's the one I miss the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Too bad the World Pro Championships, World Team Trophy, Masters of Figure Skating, US Open, and Canadian Open are no longer around.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    P.S. The world team trophy was essentially a cheesefest, under a respectable name. The results were so ridiculous that it was hard to take it seriously. The Landover pro competitions produced some great skating and great opportunities for skaters to have a career after the Olympics. That's the one I miss the most.
    Are you referring to this competition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by falling_dance View Post
    Are you referring to this competition?
    No. World team challenge was actually quite good. It produced some really good performances. I was referring to the World team trophy which took place only a couple of times, IIRC, sometime after 2003.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    No. World team challenge was actually quite good. It produced some really good performances. I was referring to the World team trophy which took place only a couple of times, IIRC, sometime after 2003.
    The WTT first took place in 2009. It was scheduled to take place in 2011, but the tsunami caused it to be delayed to 2012. This event is scheduled to again take place in 2013, I believe. This event is meant to occur every other year. Additionally, it was this event that inspired the creation of a team event at the Olympics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carriecmu0503 View Post
    The WTT first took place in 2009. It was scheduled to take place in 2011, but the tsunami caused it to be delayed to 2012. This event is scheduled to again take place in 2013, I believe. This event is meant to occur every other year. Additionally, it was this event that inspired the creation of a team event at the Olympics.
    It seems I completely misunderstood the world team trophy. I confused it with another competition starting with 'world'. Now I remember that they had the WTT after the Tsunami in Japan, and that was quite recent. I will have to look at my old tapes to see what exactly that particular competition was.

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    Was it US against the world?

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    Well, I wish him all the best, health-wise and so, but truly, the poor guy is by far the last skater I want to "come back"!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by falling_dance View Post
    Are you referring to this competition?
    Yes, that's the one! I didn't mean to say World Team Trophy as that is an eligible competition. So many of these events sound alike.

    Speaking of team pro competitions, I was never too fond of the concept behind Ice Wars. The idea of USA vs. the World always seemed foolish to me because the "World" team consisted of multiple nations while the US was just one nation. It was almost as if to say that the USA is separate from the rest of the world or that the USA is just a narcissistic nation that is incapable of being team players with other nations. I did like seeing skaters come back to compete who we haven't seen in a long time though, like Jill Trenary.
    Last edited by museksk8r; 11-25-2012 at 01:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Was it US against the world?
    Definitely not this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Speaking of team pro competitions, I was never too fond of the concept behind Ice Wars. The idea of USA vs. the World always seemed foolish to me because the "World" team consisted of multiple nations while the US was just one nation. It was almost as if to say that the USA is separate from the rest of the world or that the USA is just a narcissistic nation that is incapable of being team players with other nations.
    I always thought it was supposed to be saying that the US was so good that the best US skaters could compete with all the best skaters in the entire world.

    Vash, is this the competition you meant: http://www.goldenskate.com/figure-sk...ionships/#2003

    I would love a serious pro circuit. Wasn't Hamilton supposed to be doing something with the ISU? (Thank God that didn't happen). Getting back on topic, I think if Lysacek could compete on a legit pro circuit that aired on prime time TV, he would not be trying to come back. Sometimes I wonder if Boitano and Hamilton have so many fans because of their Olympic accomplishments or because of how they skated in endless pro/pro am events over 10-20 years. I don't even think most casual viewers know or care about the differences between those events and eligible skating, so Lysacek winning a cheesefest would probably get him just as much respect as winning a Grand Prix.

    I am surprised Averbukh hasn't put something together in Russia, considering their large pool of recently retired pros with big titles who are in good shape. I'm not talking a reality show but a one-off competition that includes foreign skaters and has pairs and ice dance titles.

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    I wish someone with bucks and influence would get behind a professional tour for the veterans who still desire to compete, including Evan, Johnny, Lambiel, Plushenko, Buttle and others like Lindemann, Van der Perren, Honda, et al.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    I wish someone with bucks and influence would get behind a professional tour for the veterans who still desire to compete, including Evan, Johnny, Lambiel, Plushenko, Buttle and others like Lindemann, Van der Perren, Honda, et al.
    I totally agree!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherub721 View Post
    Vash, is this the competition you meant: http://<b>http://www.goldenskate.com...hips/#2003</b>

    I would love a serious pro circuit. Wasn't Hamilton supposed to be doing something with the ISU? (Thank God that didn't happen). Getting back on topic, I think if Lysacek could compete on a legit pro circuit that aired on prime time TV, he would not be trying to come back. Sometimes I wonder if Boitano and Hamilton have so many fans because of their Olympic accomplishments or because of how they skated in endless pro/pro am events over 10-20 years. I don't even think most casual viewers know or care about the differences between those events and eligible skating, so Lysacek winning a cheesefest would probably get him just as much respect as winning a Grand Prix.

    I am surprised Averbukh hasn't put something together in Russia, considering their large pool of recently retired pros with big titles who are in good shape. I'm not talking a reality show but a one-off competition that includes foreign skaters and has pairs and ice dance titles.
    Going back to my original post (calling it a cheesefest): I meant the first one in that list- World team challenge (2003). This one was meaningless.

    Most of the others on that list had a different name. Most of them had produced some good performances, except for the pairs competition in one (when the Wirtzes beat K&D). The older the competition the better the performances, as a rule of thumb. They seemed to take them more seriously, and less of a 'show'- JMO.

    One problem with these competitions was that they had the same 3 or 4 skaters repeating their programs. They needed a much larger field to be appealing.

    In any case, I agree with you that if there were some respectable pro competitions/circuits, skaters like Lysacek would not try to come back because they would have an avenue to develop their art.

    Does Japan have something like a pro circuit/competitions? They would be limited to singles, however.

    I did not care for Ice Wars; it seemed too cheesy, but when I compare it with what they are showing now, I would even accept Ice wars type competitions, but with more skaters, not just 3 or 4. If there are sponsors for cheesefests, why is it difficult to find sponsors for serious skating? I have nearly stopped watching show skating and silly competitions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by museksk8r View Post
    Too bad the World Pro Championships, World Team Trophy, Masters of Figure Skating, US Open, and Canadian Open are no longer around.
    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    I wish someone with bucks and influence would get behind a professional tour for the veterans who still desire to compete, including Evan, Johnny, Lambiel, Plushenko, Buttle and others like Lindemann, Van der Perren, Honda, et al.
    ITA with everything you've both said here!

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    I would love to see Evan compete again, but he shouldn't if it's going to cause a lot of injuries. He already has the OGM - enjoy it, don't kill yourself. If he comes back and places 6th, so what. I think a lot of fans enjoyed Katarina's return to competition where she placed 8th in Olys. It was a great performance. There seems to be a rumor (probably started by Lipinski) that you will "tarnish" your gold by continuing to compete. I don't think so. A gold is a gold, no matter what happens afterwards. Is Kat any less of a 2-time gold medalist? No. But I definitely would not want to see Evan get injured.

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    Olympians come back because they love going to the Olympics. The US Men's field is weak, and Evan and Johnny have a chance to get a ticket to the greatest sports event on earth (Olympics), so they're going for it. For them, it is not about winning; it's about the Olympic experience. They have a chance to relive it one more time, and they are going for it. Same motivation for most OGMists of any sport who return for another Olympics.

    Interest in figure skating is so low that networks barely televise the major events. It's just not profitable. Same goes for live ice shows: attendance is low. It's not feasible to host Pro competitions for the same reason: no interest = no money.

    And why is there no interest in skating these days? Could be the sport has lost its way. Could be the new scoring system and the kind of skating it encourages. The emphasis is no longer on artistic performances, but on technical jumping. If a man does not have a quad, he is out. Beautiful skaters who cannot do the hard jumps (S. Cohen, A. Czisny) are marginalized in the sport. I would rather watch Czisny spin once than watch Una-K rotate 100x in the air.

    Figure Skating has become more of a sport than an art form, and that is why no one watches it anymore.

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    It's too bad Evan's comeback has been derailed by injury. But not surprised. However, I really wanted him to come back in order for the US to gain 3 spots at the Olympics. Say what you will, but Evan knows how to land on the podium, and he's consistent.

    Without him, I don't see the US getting those 3 spots unfortunately, not with the inconsistent Jeremy Abbott and whomever is lucky enough to accompany him.

    Ah well, sigh, you win some you lose some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dufusyte View Post
    Olympians come back because they love going to the Olympics. The US Men's field is weak, and Evan and Johnny have a chance to get a ticket to the greatest sports event on earth (Olympics), so they're going for it. For them, it is not about winning; it's about the Olympic experience. They have a chance to relive it one more time, and they are going for it. Same motivation for most OGMists of any sport who return for another Olympics.

    Interest in figure skating is so low that networks barely televise the major events. It's just not profitable. Same goes for live ice shows: attendance is low. It's not feasible to host Pro competitions for the same reason: no interest = no money.

    And why is there no interest in skating these days? Could be the sport has lost its way. Could be the new scoring system and the kind of skating it encourages. The emphasis is no longer on artistic performances, but on technical jumping. If a man does not have a quad, he is out. Beautiful skaters who cannot do the hard jumps (S. Cohen, A. Czisny) are marginalized in the sport. I would rather watch Czisny spin once than watch Una-K rotate 100x in the air.

    Figure Skating has become more of a sport than an art form, and that is why no one watches it anymore.
    Hmm... and it's back to where it was before the "whack heard round the world" Honestly, there are a lot of other things in play here besides "the new scoring system" that everyone loves to blame, (I mean the Salt Lake fiasco turned off a lot of folks who still think this thing is 'fixed')

    FS had several years of false popularity based on "personality" and "Drama" Now we have neither. Especially in the US. I love a lot of our skaters, but they aren't going to "sell" this sport to the general public. The fact that NBC resorted to those cheese "WEIR IS BACK" promos is evidence of that....(And that didn't work out well for them LOL!)

    For all the "hate" on here for Scott Hamilton... he managed to do a lot by "selling". SOI did fine until he finally had to retire, without that 'personality' it died.

    The US needs a star. There's a LOT more interest in skating in Japan where they have the same "judging system" you want to blame. But... they have stars.

    Quote Originally Posted by NadineWhite View Post
    It's too bad Evan's comeback has been derailed by injury. But not surprised. However, I really wanted him to come back in order for the US to gain 3 spots at the Olympics. Say what you will, but Evan knows how to land on the podium, and he's consistent.

    Without him, I don't see the US getting those 3 spots unfortunately, not with the inconsistent Jeremy Abbott and whomever is lucky enough to accompany him.

    Ah well, sigh, you win some you lose some.
    Yeah, Evan is a competitor. He comes, delivers what he plans and puts it out there. He has that inner "steel" that I think a LOT of US skaters are missing (Abbott, Cziny etc...) They can deliver in practice but not when it's time to deliver.

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    I came across this photo, posted by Lysacek on Dec. 10 and captioned "A little oxygen therapy this morning. Doing all I can to heal ASAP": http://www.whosay.com/EvanLysacek/photos/259501
    "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

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    Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy.

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