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2012-13 ISU Grand Prix Assignments

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 21, 2012.

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  1. lauravvv

    lauravvv Well-Known Member

    What Ziggy wrote. Also, that is another chance for those skaters to compete somewhere and show their programs to the public before bigger competitions (Euros, 4CC, Worlds), and to some skaters it is already the biggest international competition and the biggest chance to be noticed (by judges, and by the public) that they'll get.
  2. Proustable

    Proustable New Member

    Just so we're clear, how many skaters is all?
  3. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    Perhaps all hosts should chip into an "alternate travel fund" after the invites are announced. Then when their alternates travel expenses end up being more than the their invited (anticipated) travel expenses, they can request reimbursement from the fund.

    Not every GP event is going to go over original travel budget by the same amount, but if they share the burden equally, this might give them an incentive to get the best skaters as replacements. They may not go over by much one year, but might be way over another year.

    That said, I'm not really sure why the travel costs are an issue. They no longer have to pay the travel for the withdrawn skater so it should be something of a wash. Obviously some skaters' travel will cost more, but the event might end up saving money on the deal, too.
  4. babayaga

    babayaga Well-Known Member

    And another reason is that scores from GP count towards season's best score, while scores from other non-major competitions don't. So this is the only chance for skaters who cannot make their country's worlds team to even get on the SB list to participate in GP next year. Example - Biryukova had one event last year, put herself on SB list, got 2 events eventually this year.
  5. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    There are far more benefits to skating in GP than competing in the final:

    *World Standings points, which affect championship start orders
    *Level feedback from ISU technical panels
    *Feedback from international judges, which can show the skater's Fed how the skater is seen outside his or her own country, for better or worse
    *A shot at some prize money
    *Travel expenses paid to a competition
    *Meeting minimum GP and championship minimum TES, so that the skater's Fed doesn't have to send him/her to a senior B on their dime, which might not happen. (Or for Feds who let the skater pay, saving the skater the cost.)
  6. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    ...and you have to hope the host country feels like inviting you. :lol::rolleyes:

    It would be great if more skaters got two spots, but instead they've reduced the size of the field in recent years. And wasn't the reason for that because they wanted only the best skaters there? So it makes a ton of sense for Mirai to get repeatedly passed up for much lower ranked skaters. :rolleyes:
  7. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

    I just think the ISU needs to rework the rules so rankings actually matter (I mean, they should matter for more than just starting orders, right?) in GP alternate selection.
  8. Domshabfan

    Domshabfan A proud P/C fan

    Yes, why did US not pick Mirai for a host pick, that is truly unacceptable... US tried maximise their chances by hoping Mirai will get picked by other countries because of her ranking, though this wasn't guaranteed. This was their game plan increase the number of americans with 2 spots, by passing Mirai over with other lower ranked entrants from US. Other countries are reducing the challenge to their favourites, since they have an option to do this and is not illegal. So part of the fault is with USFSA, not with other countries. :p
  9. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    More spots don't necessarily mean more skaters with two. It could mean more skaters with one and a chance at a GP.
  10. Jarrett

    Jarrett Firebird for worlds!

    This is correct. USFSA is to blame. They were trying to play the numbers and other feds are not playing it with them. If they wanted Mirai to have two spots she would be at Skate America and somewhere else.
  11. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    If you go back a;d read the GP Announcement, there was every reason to believe that Top 24 PB skaters would be given a second (where just one wasn't requested) before any non-host pick out of the Top 24 was chosen.
  12. MR-FAN

    MR-FAN Kostner Softie

    Mirai knew she wasn't going to worlds in 2011 and gave one of her best performances at the 4CC. Maybe not worrying about the GPF will ignite her to deliver in her one event and set the stage for nationals and worlds

    Crossing my fingers this is the right thread now :p
  13. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    I believe it isn't MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE so much as extremely unlikely for a skater with just one GP event to qualify for GPF.

    If Nagasu wins her only event (15), then 2 other skaters win both their events (30 each), 1 skater wins the gold and silver at her event (28), 2 other skaters win silver at both their events (26 each), then as long as the remaining silver medallist, the 6 bronze medallists and other top 5 finishers don't place top 5 in their other event / do not have another event, it isn't impossible for Nagasu to hang onto 6th on the GPF list, right? [I can think of a million variations to this scenario that would also work]
  14. haribobo

    haribobo Well-Known Member

    Erm, not that I am a huge fan of Flatt or Gao (and I much prefer Mirai), but they did finish ahead of her at Nationals this past year. Its not as if they invited the 10th place finisher from Sectionals ahead of her. That said, there needs to be some kind of standard whereby if you aren't in decent competition shape a few weeks before your event, you get pulled and replaced. I'm really hoping there was some monitoring session recently where Rachael looked significantly better than Skate St. Moritz. If she's just going to single and double everything at SA, there is no point to her being there. And I kinda hope, if she doesn't get picked for a 2nd, Mirai goes out there and wins her GP event with no 2nd event just to show the ISU how jacked up their rules are. And for good measure, maybe Kaetlyn O. can win her only event too. :p
  15. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    But I wonder why the situation for men and ladies are different: Dornbush started with 2 spots because of his INTERNATIONAL results last season, and this was at the expense of Armin who rocked nationally but stunk internationally last seasib.

    Somehow Nagasu who had the better international results (last season like Dornbush) was passed over in favour of Zawadzki who, like Armin, rocked nationally but stunk internationally last season.

    What's the deal there?
  16. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    Dornbush wasn't assigned to Skate America, though: he was chosen by the RUS and JPN Federations in the initial selections. Did USFS stop any other country from choosing Nagasu?

    Zawadzki was #25 on last year's Season's Best list, and it was very likely that, under most circumstances, she would have had a great shot for a second off the alternates list. However, it seemed like a guaranteed second spot for Nagasu by the following wording in 7.6 Replacements section of the GP announcement, which seemed surer than Zawadzi having placed just outside the Top 24:

    The second bullet point after split couples on the alternates list is:

    "*Skaters in proper order of top 24 Season's Best would be next"

    and "The alternate list needs to be worked through in ranking order for the top 24 ranked skaters/couples according to their Season's Best."
  17. chika3

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  18. rosewood

    rosewood Well-Known Member

    :wall::slinkaway Mirai...
  19. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

    the board is going to explode...

    I feel extremely sorry for Mirai, but it's nice to see a veteran Jenna on the roster!
  20. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    WTH... ((Mirai))
  21. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    You just had to figure that McCorkell would eventually get a GP. Good for her :)

    Re Mirai Nagasu: yes, it's pretty strange that someone so high on the SB list can't get a second assignment. But obviously the only way to guarantee yourself two spots is to do well at Worlds, which is really difficult if you skate the way she did at Nationals. And Nagasu was in a better position than skaters from smaller countries, who don't have a chance at a host pick. As others have noted, the USFSA must have figured that someone else would give her one - but Mirai is too big a threat to be attractive to organizers, and too small a draw to make up for it.
  22. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    Or...it's expected that Alissa will withdraw from NHK, and Mirai is understood to be the alternate for that competition?
  23. smarts1

    smarts1 Well-Known Member

    I hope ISU goes back and takes a hard loook at their alternates rules and rewrites them for next season because this is a disaster. The French are being ridiculous, and it's obvious they don't want Mirai there because it will make their skaters look worse. Good thing that their skaters never even had a chance of medalling in the first place.
  24. l'etoile

    l'etoile New Member

    I rather like this perspective. I seriously doubt that French fed intentionally left out Mirai for that reason you mentioned, smarts. Just because people tend to perceive skaters as medal contenders and the others.
  25. Proustable

    Proustable New Member

    There is a degree of bad luck in that one of the fields currently experiencing such attrition is one she's already participating in.
  26. olympic

    olympic Well-Known Member

    But, Mirai's only obstacle is the French Fed continually passing on her, right? I mean, if a skater withdraws from any of SC, Cup of Russia or NHK, then Mirai would still have a great shot at a 2d assignment, wouldn't she?

    I assume SA would be out of the question: Flatt or Gao (other Americans) would have to withdraw for SA to replace them w/ Mirai and the competition starts this week which means too little time left on the clock.

    Maybe SC, too?

    I find the NHK theory interesting - Alissa might not be in shape and I don't think the JSF would pass up on Mirai, or at least she'd have a fair shot there
  27. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break #HotMessExpress

    This is.. unreal. Poor Mirai! I hope she's able to get a second event somewhere.
  28. Iceman

    Iceman Well-Known Member


    Any skater who is selected to participate in the gp series. I certainly didn't mean every skater in the world lol.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2012
  29. Iceman

    Iceman Well-Known Member

    Mirai's world standing is higher than both Wagner's and Caroline Zhang's, yet they both got two assignments. I guess that doesn't break any of the gp rules, but it is still perplexing.
  30. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

    ^^ THIS.
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