If I were USFSA I would add F Chiera to ISP and send her to a sr B, just in case she does well enough at nationals and you don't wanna end up skipping her for assignments for lack of a qualifying score. That said, I am not sure if USFS is always so forward thinking.
I can see Wagner making the same decision again. I think all the other skaters would/should choose to compete at 4CCs though. I would submit the first six senior skaters who want to go by SB score: Gold, Nagasu, Gao, Cesario, Edmunds, Zawadski. . . .
I think that's the most fair thing, but I also hope Cain has at least a shot at 4CCs since she's not eligible for Jr. Worlds. If Edmunds finishes in the top three, I think she'll go the Olympics, but otherwise I'd send her to Jr Worlds.
Last edited by Flying Camel; 11-25-2013 at 12:20 AM.
I suspect Chiera won't get an assignment before nationals. If she places top 8, THEN she'll get sent to a sr B in March. But no Jr world or 4cc for her even if she does well
Thanks, I didn't realize that Cain was still Jr eligible!
This is one area in the system that needs to be fixed. That is awful.
Prospective entries to 4cc are due on 12/30/13. I think in 2010, USFSA submitted like 8 skaters for both men and ladies, and more than 3 pairs and dance teams. I expect they will do the same thing this year.
I'd be surprised if they submitted Chiera's name before she's earned the international minimum.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
USFS had said the skaters going to the Olympics would not go to 4CCs.
So I guess judging by their standing and their season so far, the names under consideration should be:
Nagasu, Gao, Zawadzki, Hicks, Cesario, Wang, Edmunds etc.
In fact, even 4CCs will be quite jammed with these bottom of tier 1 or top of tier 2 skaters (and they all medalled / skated well enough this season) that I think they will likely leave Wang and Edmunds to Jr Worlds no matter how they skated at Nationals.
Hurray! An article about 2014 Eastern Sectional Senior Ladies champion Franchesca Chiera! http://www.icenetwork.com/news/2013/11/26/64222788
"I just felt really confident, and I really wanted to go out and do what I knew I could do," said Chiera, who trains in Coral Springs, Fla., at the same practice rink as the NHL's Florida Panthers. "I was just really well prepared."
"We are very proud of her," added one of her coaches, Ilona Melnichenko. "It wasn't a surprise for me to see her skate like she did (at Easterns) because she skates that way for us in practice. But it was her first time skating in sectionals."
To accelerate her progress, Chiera had to get busy. After her disappointing performance at regionals last season, she and her coaches sat down and came to a decision: Since she already had the triple jumps, why not move up a level? She took her junior test shortly thereafter, and in January took her senior test.
"I think maybe we gave her two days off after those regionals," said Melnichenko, who handles Chiera's choreography and spins. "We told her, 'One bad performance doesn't have to stop you from achieving your goals.'"
Isn't Karen injured? I thought that was why she withdrew from from the JGP Final.
On her blog as recently as last week (11/20) she still seemed to be hoping to go to Nationals.
ETA: I wonder if she skips nationals, If USFSA would make an exception for her and send her to Jr. Worlds anyway? If someone was ever worth an exception it would be her, considering the points she racked up this season.