The extenuating circumstances (illness or injury) clause in the rules applies only to those skaters who were medalists in the 1987 World Championships. That includes singles skaters Brian Boitano, Debi Thomas, Caryn Kadavy and the Jill Watson-Peter Oppegard pairs team.
Otherwise, order of finish at this week`s U.S. National Championships will determine the Olympic team.
According to Joan Gruber, international committee chairman of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, defending women`s national champion Jill Trenary and 1987 men`s runner-up Christopher Bowman must finish among the top three here to make the Olympic team.