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    Four Continents is January 20-26

    Olympics starts February 7

    I don't know when the entry deadline is or what the procedure is to replace a named skater with a substitute. But even if it were possible, it seems unlikely they'd wait until less than two weeks before to make a decision.

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    History of Phillipine figure skating. Has anyone heard of Michael Bautista? One website he claims to be a: Six-time Philippine National Champion http://www.anaheimice.com/AnaheimIce...rbautista.aspx. and another he claims to be: Back in 1976, I began as a figure skater, began to loved that sport and started training as a roller skater at first then did my first competition after only training for 1 month and won 1st in my level.

    Now I retired from figure skating after 1988 Olympics and 1988 International Roller Skating. http://www.coachclass.net/id12.html
    Is he for real?

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    Updates - 2013-14 season:

    Melissa Bulanhagui won a bronze medal at the Asian FS Trophy Open earlier this month - first senior ladies' international medal for the Philippines!

    Re-posting from the Kiss and Cry:
    Bulanhagui's Asian Open SP to "House of Flying Daggers" (her memorable SP from 2007 US Nationals): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK2aur2_Ako
    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    From her instagram. How nice to see the senior ladies medalists smiling so happily. Congratulations to Bulanhagui for the first international medal for PI.
    http://instagram.com/p/c3spyal4iK/#
    2 local articles:
    http://www.philstar.com/sports/2013/...medals-bangkok
    Excerpt:
    MANILA, Philippines - Veteran Melissa Bulanhagui and 11-year-old Sofia Isabel Guidote won bronze medals in the Asian Figure Skating Trophy held Aug. 8-11 in Bangkok.
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    Meanwhile, the PhSU was again designated by the ISU to host the second World Development Trophy in April 2014. This was due to the exemplary hosting of the first World Developmental Trophy last April at the SM Mall of Asia.
    http://sports.inquirer.net/115543/ph...-asian-bronzes

    Christopher Caluza is listed for the Lombardia Trophy in Italy, Sept. 19-22.

    Michael Christian Martinez and Alisson Perticheto are scheduled for Nebelhorn Trophy, Sept. 25-28, with Caluza and Bulanhagui listed as alternates.

    ETA the Glacier Falls Summer Classic videos from early August that were posted in the Kiss and Cry forum:
    Michael Christian Martinez SP (2nd place, 76.58)

    Michael Christian Martinez - Malaguena FS (133.45, 5th & 5th overall): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF5LF7Xaink
    Last edited by Sylvia; 08-27-2013 at 04:36 PM.
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    Article on Sofia Guidote, who won the bronze in Basic Novice A at the Asian Open in Bangkok - "Why this 11-year-old’s figure skating is a miracle, no less": http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/118473...iracle-no-less

    Blog article: http://skateguard1.blogspot.ca/2013/...in-manila.html
    In 2010, Melissa Bulanhagui won the bronze medal at the exact same event [Nebelhorn Trophy] representing the United States. The following September, she announced that she would be representing The Philippines in future competitions. Since representing The Philippines, she has competed at international events like the Four Continents Championships, U.S. Figure Skating Classic and Asian Trophy. As well, she was twice won the senior ladies title at her new country's National Championships. An experienced competitor while skating within the U.S. system as well, she won the bronze medal at the 2006 U.S. Championships in junior ladies, made 4 trips to the U.S. Nationals as a senior lady and won the Junior Grand Prix Italy and Gardena Spring Trophy international competitions, making her by far the most experienced skater and obvious choice for her new federation to send to the Olympic qualifying event. However, the Philippine Skating Union has decided to send its 2 time Junior Champion Alisson Krystle Perticheto instead of Bulanhagui. Bulanhagui's personal best total scores as well as her short program and free skate personal best scores exceed Perticheto's. The argument can't be made that Bulanhagui being born in the U.S. is the reason for the decision either - Perticheto was born in Switzerland. It's obvious that if a skater with clear experience decides to compete for a federation that's not brimming with top skaters - especially with an Olympic berth at skate - they are doing so to be afforded a better opportunity of qualifying for Sochi and having an Olympic dream realized. Having only competed once internationally at the senior level, it remains to be seen how Perticheto would fare in a competition of this magnitude. Bulanhagui herself argued that "she hasn't competed against me. How is she suppose to compete against the best in the world?" At the time of the publication of this blog article, an e-mail to the Philippine Skating Union about this unusual decision went unanswered. One can only hope they'll reconsider.
    Perticheto competed in her first senior international in April 2013 at Gardena Spring Trophy in Italy and placed 5th overall with just slightly lower scores than Bulanhagui at Asian Trophy earlier this month. (These Senior B scores are not counted as ISU personal best scores.)

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    Gardena Spring Trophy, April 2013:
    Perticheto 137.05, 5th overall (48.75 5th in SP, 88.30 3rd in FS).
    FS video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGisryIuI8E
    SP protocols & FS protocols
    Perticheto's ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013053.htm

    Asian FS Trophy Open, August 2013:
    Bulanhagui 140.05, 3rd overall (49.90 4th in SP, 90.15 2nd in FS).
    SP video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fK2aur2_Ako
    SP protocols & FS protocols
    Bulanhagui's ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00008997.htm

    Question that was posted in the Asian Open thread in Kiss and Cry:
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenna View Post
    If Perticheto earns the spot, is she automatically going or will they have a skate off at Nationals?
    I don't think it is known at this time.
    Last edited by Sylvia; 08-27-2013 at 04:46 PM.
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    So Bulanhagui's possible Olympic-spot future depends on Perticheto's performance at Nebelhorn? Maybe Finland will send Tuurkila to help Kiira go to Olympics too?

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    Mexico is doing the same thing with Luiz Hernandez. Fabriczio Carrillo is being sent instead of Hernandez, who is the reigning senior men's champion. He's not thrilled: https://twitter.com/luis2o

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    Quote Originally Posted by N_Halifax View Post
    Mexico is doing the same thing with Luiz Hernandez. Fabriczio Carrillo is being sent instead of Hernandez, who is the reigning senior men's champion. He's not thrilled: https://twitter.com/luis2o
    I can't say i blame him. Why send lesser skaters to get a Olympic spot if you have your National champion ready to go? Same with Melissa B.

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    Although I do think Alisson does have a fighting chance to earn the Olympic spot (I think it's wide open after Korpi,
    Gedevanishvili and perhaps Lafuente), the choice of a skater with only one prior senior international over a veteran senior skater is quite strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller View Post
    So Bulanhagui's possible Olympic-spot future depends on Perticheto's performance at Nebelhorn? Maybe Finland will send Tuurkila to help Kiira go to Olympics too?
    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    I can't say i blame him. Why send lesser skaters to get a Olympic spot if you have your National champion ready to go? Same with Melissa B.


    Perticheto landed 3toe/2toe, 2axel and fell on a 3flip in her 2013 Junior Worlds SP. In the FS, she landed a 3flutz, two 3toes, a 3salchow (-0.5 GOE) and 2axels. When was the last time Bulanghui has managed to land that many jumps in a competition? IIRC, it was when she still represented the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    When was the last time Bulanghui has managed to land that many jumps in a competition?
    Earlier this month at the Asian Open - see the protocols links posted above.

    Ideally, both Bulanhagui and Perticheto should have competed at Asian Open and the higher finisher could have bent sent to Nebelhorn Trophy.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Earlier this month at the Asian Open - see the protocols links posted above.

    Ideally, both Bulanhagui and Perticheto should have competed at Asian Open and the higher finisher could have bent sent to Nebelhorn Trophy.
    I was thinking of their competitive results last season but just skimmed through posts you have recently made in this thread.

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    During Asian Open I noticed from her twitter that Bulanhagui was working as a coach in South Korea. Is it right? If so, it can be supposed as one of the reasons why she is not sent to Nebelhorn Trophy. Did the federation think she was retiring or she wasn't training seriously any more or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosewood View Post
    During Asian Open I noticed from her twitter that Bulanhagui was working as a coach in South Korea. Is it right? If so, it can be supposed as one of the reasons why she is not sent to Nebelhorn Trophy. Did the federation think she was retiring or she wasn't training seriously any more or something?
    I believe her husband is in the US army and based in Korea which is why she is training/coaching there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gkelly View Post
    Four Continents is January 20-26

    Olympics starts February 7
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    Actually, the figure skating portion of Olympics begins one day before the opening ceremony - Feb. 6 - to fit-in the Team Event. Given the remarkable progress of its skaters, the Philippines may soon have enough good skaters in each discipline to contest the Team Event.
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    Melissa Bulanhagui just wrote a new journal entry for her official site that recaps her past whirlwind season with a mention of 2013 Nebelhorn at the end: http://www.figureskatersonline.com/m...i/journal6.htm
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    The fact that Melissa hasn't been sent is so bewildering.. Does PSF even realize it's an Olympic qualifer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    I believe her husband is in the US army and based in Korea which is why she is training/coaching there.
    Thank you, allezfred. Actually I noticed him on the twitter because he was calling her mybb. I was so silly to guess he was her boyfriend/lover because they seemed so lovey dovey.

    I really hope she will be given a chance to make a Sochi team as I was moved by her very good performances in Asian Open!

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    Quote Originally Posted by siouxdonym View Post
    The fact that Melissa hasn't been sent is so bewildering.. Does PSF even realize it's an Olympic qualifer?
    I'm sure that they do. Yet like many of the ISU smaller nations, there is tension between "native" skaters and ex-pat/American born but ethnically connected skaters, whether they are "helping" the federation vs. whether they are "taking spaces away" from "the locals" Christopher Caluza spoke about this specifically during an interview he did at the end of last season. Seems a tricky balance, very political, etc. Navigating it must be like walking through a land mine

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    OK. I am really out of it. When did Melissa get married?

    Happy that Caluza is doing SLC!

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    ^^^ Read Melissa's latest journal - link posted above in post #75.
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isnít every four years, itís every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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