Sigh. I'm not surprised about the pairs, as frankly there really isn't another Canadian pair of international calibre at the moment. But sad about Schumacher, as it seems likely this is the end of her career. It would be shocking if the spot went to another Canadian skater.Schumacher out of Skate Canada
Pair TBD (CAN) crossed out of Skate Canada.
Have to agree on both points.Sigh. I'm not surprised about the pairs, as frankly there really isn't another Canadian pair of international calibre at the moment. But sad about Schumacher, as it seems likely this is the end of her career. It would be shocking if the spot went to another Canadian skater.
Interesting... I don't know what to make of the alternates list because Wang shouldn't have been available for assignment - the only Japanese woman on the alternates list is Yokoi who is already assigned to SCI, which would have bumped Zhu up to the Top 10 alternates along with Serna since Brezinova is already at SCI too, but that would have left Wang sitting at #11. The only logical reason would be if Ziegler wasn't put on the USFS' selection list when the GP hosts met in July, but that would be surprising since she's clearly still skating and at the senior level this season given her Challenger assignment.Schumacher's spot assigned today. Kate Wang of USA got it.
Doubtful. I expect the host feds are going to go through every single North American, European and Japanese woman on the alternates list before they select any of the Korean women, especially if they are considering additional airfare from Seoul to their location.Hope some of the Koreans get a second assignment if more become available!
It's not as if they didn't have the opportunity to host one this year... I have to admit, I've wondered if part of why their women are being passed over for assignments is some sub-conscious "screw you" from the other hosts, feeling somewhat put out that assignments were delayed in part because Korea wasn't willing to step up and host another Asian GP, which you know would have been the ISU's preference.Korea really needs its own GP!
YESSSS! I'm really glad Skate Canada went there with the strongest team on the alternates list. It would have been so easy to add one of the weaker teams that have earned the total score minimum at US Classic or Nebelhorn, but the field at SCI was already really thin and Efimova/Blommaert are a quality team who will contend for the podium here. Plus, we still don't know if Miura/Kihara are really going to be ready for SCI since she's recovering from her own injury.Alisa EFIMOVA / Ruben BLOMMAERT added to Skate Canada
Hmmmm... It's not reflected on the ISU grid yet. I do see it reflected on the Australian fed's international assignments page though. :-(Chernyshova/Windsor have withdrawn from NHK Trophy