Why so few Canadians at Skate America?
Can't skate but love to watch
^^^ Thanks for posting the link - I'll edit it into my post #1. An excerpt:
In order for a skater/couple to be eligible to compete at a Grand Prix event, a minimum total score or minimum technical score must have been achieved in the previous or current season in an ISU event (Grand Prix, Junior Grand Prix, ISU Championships, World Team Trophy or U.S. International Figure Skating Classic, Nebelhorn Trophy, Ondrej Nepala Trophy, Finlandia Trophy, Coupe de Nice). Exceptions apply to host country skaters, previously ranked skaters or split ranked couples who return with new partners. The minimum score for the 2013/14 season is as follows:
130.98 points for Ladies
160.68 points for Men
135.42 points for Pairs
113.73 points for Ice Dance
I'm surprised Caroline Zhang got SA.
I would have liked to see Tran get NHK, but glad he got an invite. I assume he got one as a returning medalist with a new partner, but were they only eligible for one?
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
Just curious, how many times can a skater be assigned to a competition and then w/d before the skater is no longer considered eligible?
Skate Canada doesn't appear to be leveraging any clout with USFS: there are three US men assigned to SC, none of whom were guaranteed two, but got two, yet no Canadian men assigned to SA, and similarly with with Gao in Ladies. (SC may have had to assign H/D to their only assignment in Dance, because of the selection sequence, which isn't publicized.) Recently SC threw a spot Ladies TBA spot back into the pool, WTF?
When there are two skaters/teams that Skate Canada doesn't want to go head-to-head at SC, or the skaters are high enough to have their requests granted, like W/P last year and MT/M this year, and they are guaranteed two, then SA usually gets them.
Why oh why does SA waste a Ladies spot again with Zhang just like they did before with Flatt?
The priority for USFS seems to be maximizing spots for American skates. It doesn't need to be Zhang or Flatt. Just give TBA to someone with no guranteed spot and do their best politiks to give two spots to others (who is not their favorite) at overseas.
Maximizing spots with one TBA makes no sense if there are four Ladies who performed better than Zhang. If Hicks, the pewter medalist, is going senior, then not assigning the spot to her outright is
Cesario will be 19 on 1 July 2013. Does that mean she's aged out of Juniors?
Wang and Miller were between Cesario (8) and Zhang (11) at US Nats -- both would have been guaranteed a GP spot had they gone senior from their SB ranking -- but there was a 12-point gap, and Cesario placed consistently in both programs. If Cesario's going senior, then it's a shame she wan't assigned the spot up front. If she's staying Junior, then Zhang was next in line among the seniors.
Cesario is too old to skate as a Junior next season.
Cesario cannot stay Junior, she has aged out.
As I wrote earlier, I think some of the smaller federation skaters are far unluckier when it comes to getting GPs than lower ranked skaters from host federations. So I'm having a hard time working up much indignation about that. No Misha Ge, however, makes me sad. It would have been nice if he could have gotten CoC.
Men's field at Skate America has 7 nat’l champions, 6 World medalists/3 champions, Olympic gold and bronze medalists #amazing
There's still enough left to mention Lysacek somewhere, or use a shorter exclamation than "amazing" and mention Dai, too. Or maybe this is indeed a sign of things to come?