Amodio has withdrawn, I think Ponsart goes in his place.
I thought that the entire reasoning behind the Olympic Team event having only skaters who qualify in one of the four traditional disciplines was to maintain the integrity of the event & not turn it into a 'Legends'-style cheesefest (with oldies like Kwan, Plush, Evan, and others who'd never qualify for the classic singles/prs/dance events against competitors at the most recent Worlds).
Also, my understanding is that the Team Event in Sochi will follow (not precede) the four classic events.
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Bobrova/Soloviev have also withdrawn - he has an injury. The substitutes are Monko/Khaliavin. I/K declined the spot as she is not 100% fit & it seems R/T were passed over by the federation.
Wow! M/k that's something!
Eta- Mistook them for s/z that won bronze at COR
The total skipping of r/t us unfortunate!
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I love M/K, but am sad for R/T if they were passed over, rather than it not being a health or logistics issue.
As far as Lysacek or Plushenko not being able to qualify, if healthy or remotely healthy, as shown at 2012 Euros, Plushenko easily could have qualified as the Men's lone entry for Russia this year and likely will next year, and I suspect a healthy Lysacek could have beaten Ross Miner, if not Max Aaron, this year.
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Yes, Elena has back injury she is recovering from, besides, from Russian boards I gather she is on vacation.
But very sad not to see B/S again.
According to Soloviev's interview, he aggravated his groin injury of a long time ago; he wanted to keep training but his condition was not improving and the doctors then said he needs to have 10 full days of rest, no ice.
Piseev's one and only reason for not sending I/K is that they are on vacation.
Ryazanova/ Tkachenko, according to that snippet, are in the US working on new programs; thus M/K are the chosen team.
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So basically most skaters could not care less about this event and choose to focus on working in preparation of the Olympic season instead.
Anyway, Monko/Khalyavin really need this chance and I'm crossing fingers for them
Canada and the US may not be sending their top dance teams, but they are sending good teams overall. France and Japan are, too - other than Amodio and Hanyu, both of whom are injured, I think both are sending their best teams. Dance may lack D/W and V/M, but it'll be a nice change to see someone else atop the podium, and W/P and P/B, with an extra month to train, should be in better form than at Worlds.
And synchro is hardly the same.
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