Logan's post makes me even more a fan of Lynn & Logan than I was before!
Anyway, about H/D being stagnant last year. They might have had better scores had they chosen to stick close to what they'd done their first year, but I respected them greatly for challenging themselves with demanding programs, particularly the flamenco. I'm guessing the time they had to invest in mastering the specific character and movement for that dance style, ultimately cut into time needed to equally tend to the technical side of things. But despite missing Worlds, I don't think that last year was wasted time at all. By Nationals they displayed impressive growth and I think that foundation will serve them well this season.
They won't get released from USFS until sitting out a year or two. Remember Morgan Mathews??
Even if Lynn and Logan don't end up in the top 3 at 2014 Nationals, the 4th-6th place teams will get to go to Four Continents in Taipei - it would be K/G-S's first 4CC.
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Lynn and Logan at 25 and 28 haven't achieved quite the same level of international success, with medals in 5 International B events (including two Ice Challege golds). I doubt USFS would hold them back nearly as long as Matthews.
It was an entirely different situation by the official release policy (written) at the time. Because of her results with Zavozin, USFS could hold her up to four seasons, and that's what they did. They did not, however, hold Zavozin for the same length of time.
K/G-S do not have the results to be held for more than two seasons, which USFS made into 2+ for Piper Gilles, by those rules. I've been asking for years if the rules have been changed or updated, but never got an answer.
So there is no way that K/G-S could just jump ship and offer to represent Thailand at Nebelhorn to try to earn an Olympic spot?
Do I need to add that this was tongue in cheek?
Last edited by Conga; 09-02-2013 at 12:57 AM.
As I mentioned, at least one or two years.....USFS never set up any definite rule/regulation for whatever.... Weaver sat out one or two years, same as Piper. Max did not have to sit out at all when Morgan sounded like indefinite....ended up she quit skating...
There was a written rule/regulation when Matthew's asked for release, because it was posted here, quoted from some official documentation, with a description of how someone objected to such a long release time, IIRC during a general meeting, and it was swept into some committee that shut the door on the process. It said that two years was maximum time to be held without release, unless the skater(s) met certain competitive criteria, and the then the up-to-four-year hold could be applied from the time the skater(s) earned those medals/placements.
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Kaitlyn competed with her former U.S. partner at two junior Grand Prix events in the fall of 2005, one in Andorra and one in Croatia. She was allowed to compete for Canada internationally almost exactly one year after her last international competition for the U.S. It is my theory that releases from USFS became much more difficult after her success competing for Canada.
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I know this is all idle (and a little bit fun) speculation, but maybe K/G-S should actually quickly check things out for the possibility. I have no idea how one contacts another skating federation for this purpose, but I imagine Igor would
I've said it before, but I still wish that the GP spots hadn't been reduced. That's part of the problem for all these athletes.