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This whole Mirai issue is one big damn mess.. The USFS has certainly made any new fans this weekend.. I am beyond upset about what they are doing to this poor girl!
We pick the skaters who are the most promising... and that's why we gave Edmunds 0 JGPs last season and Gold 1 JGP (at the last moment) two seasons ago. And now those two skaters placed top 2 at Nationals proving we have absolutely no clue what we're doing.
P.S. IT'S ALL JUDY BLUMBERG'S FAULT!
I find it interesting that, in the new USFSA highlight reel, it shows Mirai and Paulina doing the same combination in the LP, and Mirai's is seriously under rotated. Maybe it's just me...
What does one combination prove? Nothing. It's a whole program that matters, even under COP. Besides, they don't do the same combination. Polina did a 3Lz3t. Mirai attempted 3f2t but she ur'ed the 3f. However, rest of her program was clean. Did the USFSA comparison video show that Polina had a fall in her LP? I guess not (sarcasm).
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Also Marco, what about Johnny Weir at 2009 Nationals? He medaled at all of his GP events, won the bronze at GPF, and then proceeded to bomb Nationals due to being sick and was denied a place on the World team. The only difference between him and Wagner is that Wagner was not the reigning World bronze medalist. I think it's convenient to excuse this sort of inconsistency and adds more to the idea that the USFS certainly plays favorites.
I also think the Worlds and 4CC selection is highly political and biased and makes no sense. I'm sure people who support USFS's Olympic decision will scramble to find some post-hoc justification for it.
And what's wrong with that? There are two spots for Worlds, and Abbott and Brown placed in the top two spots. If they expected Abbott to retire, then could have still named him as an alternate, and he would still be able to compete at Worlds if Abbott retires before Worlds. It's weird how they're treating Worlds as a consolation prize or are more worried about Worlds and securing spots for the following season…which goes to show you that USFS does whatever it wants.Originally Posted by Marco
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Not giving Mirai Worlds though, especially when they've named D/C and Aaron in their disciplines, is absolutely despicable and utterly unfair treatment (unless this is b/c she declined b/c she's gearing up to skate for Japan ...). Seriously talk about kicking a girl while she's down. I don't see any morally justifiable reason they can't just send Polina to jr worlds and give the spot to Mirai, or better yet, leave off Wagner b/c so far she's suffered NO consequence for bombing nationals (and that just doesn't sit right with me).
Maybe, the USFS wanted Ashley at Worlds (to help secure 3 spots for next year) and Ashley refused unless she also got Olys? If Ashley doesn't do well at Olys and Worlds (especially Worlds), IMO, Mirai will be able to write her own ticket ... and Ashley won't get any more help. OTOH, if Ashley does do well at Oly and/or Worlds, she might retire.
I hope Brown skates brilliantly in Sochi and then the USFSA and NBC has to explain to the casual viewers and the rest of the skating world that he doesn't get to go to worlds becuase... something, something, hockey, quad jump.
Well this has been quite a weekend for US Nationals. All of the teams have been named but not without controversy.
I feel sorry for Mirai and wish her the best. Off to the Europeans thread, I pray Europeans goes more smoothly than US Nationals
but this is figure skating and as far back as I can remember drama and heartbreak has been a big part of this sport
Just a wild guess though. It is equally likely that USFS has given up on Nagasu and doesn't care that she only gets 4CCs, or genuinely believe Wagner and Edmunds are the better choice.
I'm glad that Max's season will continue, and I'll get to see him skate a couple of more times! His programs at Nationals were his strongest of a rough season, and I expect he'll polish them even more between now and March.