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I'd also like a bag of popcorn please. Bring on the latest rumours surrounding this pairing.
It seems like the James/Radford partnership was eligible, seeing as how they got two spots. So I can't really see why she wouldn't be.Once per partner with as many partners as they qualify; eligibility is based on the last partnership.
To qualify as a returning couple, it would have to have been with Massot, based on 2018 results; 1-6 placement can be in the last 10 years, at least through the last GP Announcement. What she might have been eligible for is as a split couple, but the ISU Announcement has omitted the paragraph for split couple skaters who placed 1-6 with a previous partner since, IIRC, the very first year they introduced it, when the rules were changed and stabilized in year two. So whether qualifying results for those split coup!e would have had to be accomplished in the last two seasons or ten or something different is something the ISU hasn't published, and only that number would shed light on whether she was eligible.
I don't think that's relevant to them not getting GP assignments. James/Radford haven't competed together, and got them.Don't they also need minimum TES to get a GP, unless it's their host country? That would mean they could get the SA spot and if they compete and get a good SB score they could be invited somewhere else off the alternate list? France doesn't have a pair in the medal hunt so that's a possibility.
Thank you for pointing this out: I missed their second assignment to France.It seems like the James/Radford partnership was eligible, seeing as how they got two spots. So I can't really see why she wouldn't be.
And the results of the third team were annulled when the error was belatedly realised so am not sure that is the best example.Although not in the document, there probably is a rule, but, then again the ISU allowed three Pairs from China to compete in Jr. Worlds once, when they were only entitled to two spots, so, who knows.
She and Radford both haven't competed since 2018, which is the same. But James last competed in 2019 while Nyman has never competed as a Senior. I don't know if that makes a difference but I wouldn't be surprised if it's Nyman who is keeping them from being a Split Couple or whatever the heck it's called.It seems like the James/Radford partnership was eligible, seeing as how they got two spots. So I can't really see why she wouldn't be.
That appears to be what happened: J/R got two spots based on J/C's last Worlds results.I believe the split couple rule applies if one partner finished in the top 6 (or is it top 10?) at Worlds the past 2 seasons. It's possible 2019 Worlds counts, since there was no 2020 Worlds, so if that's the case, then it would be Vanessa that got her and Eric 2 spots. Since Aliona last competed in 2018 (and TJ never), they wouldn't be eligible as a split couple.
Source: A Russian interview with Richaud and Rozanov https://sobesednik.ru/sport/2021080...PgOn5GvLLZaLUO8zEkHg0ImZ7ZSzNmWtmoe4-36PMPqeESo I heard they parted ways.
I don’t know the answer to your question, but my guess would be that there is a bigger chance of finding a partner in the USA, rather than in Germany. But Russia may have someone still unattached.Since she was released, does that mean she has to skate for the US now? Or because she never competed, can she still compete for Germany? Assuming she can find a partner of course.
It was also strange because she never had a chance to compete in the next Olympics for the US.To be fair, she clearly is a great skater and could manage to make from an average pair skater a pretty decent pair skater, but the experiment with TJ was pushing that a bit too far. Thinking that she can make a decent skater from a pair skater who has never competed internationally in seniors, who has never been to Europeans or senior worlds, and all that within nine months to be ready for Olympics … I think she was either extremely arrogant, or deluded. If she really plans to get on the team for this coming Olympics, she needs someone more experienced, and if possible, more than just an average skater.
I'm 99.9% confident that Aljona always realized this. I think she wanted and wants to compete now for the experience of competing, and to skate because she loves skating. And she might possibly make it to 2026 Olympics -- I wouldn't put it past her, at all -- and vie for the honor of being the oldest female figure skater competing there.It was also strange because she never had a chance to compete in the next Olympics for the US.
She wouldn't have a chance at 2026 either though. From what's been posted here, and what I've read about the process of becoming a US citizen, she would not be eligible to compete until the 2030 Olympics. If she just wanted to skate, and compete I would wonder why she wouldn't be able to get another athlete to move to Germany.I'm 99.9% confident that Aljona always realized this. I think she wanted and wants to compete now for the experience of competing, and to skate because she loves skating. And she might possibly make it to 2026 Olympics -- I wouldn't put it past her, at all -- and vie for the honor of being the oldest female figure skater competing there.
This is tangential, but ... Some skaters just don't get the experience they want out of show skating. I read a long interview of Denis Petrov where he said this was true of his wife, Chen Lu. That surprised me! He said she got bored with show skating. Whereas he, and his longtime partner Elena Bechke, thrived with show skating, loved it, and reached new heights there (and also, of course, with professional competitions).