Citizenship status of skaters aiming for the Olympics

Carolla5501

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I think Todd is campaigning. I think he’s hoping for political pressure andfigure skating doesn’t have the political capital to get somebody citizenship
 

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Interested to track the progress of Harley Windsor and his new partner.

It will be a race against time to get that team to a point where a case could be made for a special privilege for Australian citizenship.
I'm going to smack that straight down right now.

Unless that girl already has claim to Australian citizenship it's not happening in time for Beijing.

Katia, may she rest in peace, still needed more than 18 months and that was with a JGP medal and JWC title.
 

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Todd Eldredge was interviewed on TSL and it sounded like Paniot and his team are still hoping his citizenship might come through in time for Beijing to be a possibility.
Paniot has said in a number of interviews he expects to receive his citizenship in late 2021 but maybe there has been a delay in it being procesed due to the current health situation.
 

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I would imagine that citizenship for Eaton will be as hard to come by as it was for Min's last partner, Gamelin, who competed in the last Olympics with her. ;-)
I would imagine it could be harder because Korea made special arrangements for hosting its own Olympics.
After that, I don't think if R/S were World medalists
That reaction at the end of their Worlds free dance sure looked like they thought they had earned an Olympic shot to me.
Regarding Allison Reed (who people were discussing earlier), she is quite enthusiastic about qualifying a place for Lithuania at the Olympics, so it doesn’t seem to me that she doesn’t expect to be able to go.
Ah, I see you beat me to it.

(I've known about the language requirement, but as my mom keeps saying, "Allison strikes me as a smart girl. Don't count her out.")
 

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It's not simply the language requirement: it took an act of the legislature for Tobias to get citizenship because of other requirements, like residency. And after she had learned Lithuanian, they offered to conduct her interview in English, and she refused and did it in Lithuanian. She also spent a lot of time working with the elderly of Lithuanian descent living in the US to show a connection to the country.

The question is whether after their experience with Tobias, whether they'd ever give another foreign skater citizenship, especially one who had other passports based on skating alone.
 

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It's not simply the language requirement: it took an act of the legislature for Tobias to get citizenship because of other requirements, like residency. And after she had learned Lithuanian, they offered to conduct her interview in English, and she refused and did it in Lithuanian. She also spent a lot of time working with the elderly of Lithuanian descent living in the US to show a connection to the country.

The question is whether after their experience with Tobias, whether they'd ever give another foreign skater citizenship, especially one who had other passports based on skating alone.
I wonder if the fact that she can start the process as a current citizen of Georgia—as opposed to an American—might be a help to Reed in her quest.
 

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Posted today by the LTeam_official account of the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee: https://www.instagram.com/p/COkbzmvMyad/
Translated excerpt:
... Allison [Reed] will seek Lithuanian citizenship as an exception. [Saulius Ambrulevicius' quote:] "Regardless of what happens we will respect the decision. We will prepare and pursue our dreams further."
ETA:
Julia has the hungarian citizenship
I posted about Ioulia Chtchetinina in the OES news thread when she got Hungarian ciitizenship in October 2020: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGmCvW2pOmu/
 

Sylvia

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Tweeted by Phil Hersh today: https://twitter.com/olyphil/status/1392491686186606594
The IOC confirmed today that it had approved @VanessaJamessk8 [Vanessa James] change of Olympic eligibility from France to Canada, waiving the usual three-year waiting period after approval of switch by the ISU
ETA from the James/Radford thread:
... according to the Olympic Charter she will need an exception by the IOC to compete for Canada, since she competed at a championship for another country (France) within three years of the Olympics. (By about a month.) I've read here that both the Canadian and French Olympic Committees have to agree as well.
 
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It's not simply the language requirement: it took an act of the legislature for Tobias to get citizenship because of other requirements, like residency. And after she had learned Lithuanian, they offered to conduct her interview in English, and she refused and did it in Lithuanian. She also spent a lot of time working with the elderly of Lithuanian descent living in the US to show a connection to the country.

The question is whether after their experience with Tobias, whether they'd ever give another foreign skater citizenship, especially one who had other passports based on skating alone.
Other passport. Reed only had the Georgian passport
 

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Jessica Pfund & Joshua Santillan (ETA: he) will not be eligible for the 2022 Olympics but they are looking forward to representing Switzerland this season: https://joshica.net/blog/uncategorized/dont-call-it-a-comeback/
... our goals are to compete at both the European Championships and World Championships this season, and we are confident that if we train well that we will get there! We know this is a really exciting season for a lot of skaters considering that Beijing is just around the corner, but for us it’s exciting as well because we have our first real opportunity to compete at the World Championships and debut our very own programs where we tell our own story.
 
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Jessica Pfund & Joshua Santillan will not be eligible for the 2022 Olympics but they are looking forward to representing Switzerland this season: https://joshica.net/blog/uncategorized/dont-call-it-a-comeback/
I cannot open that link for some reason, nor that website in general. Is it just me or did it disappear? I checked the Swiss Federation website, but they did not announce they have a new pairs team. Which doesn't mean anything, though, as they don't have recent news on their website for figure skating anyway.
 

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I cannot open that link for some reason, nor that website in general. Is it just me or did it disappear? I checked the Swiss Federation website, but they did not announce they have a new pairs team. Which doesn't mean anything, though, as they don't have recent news on their website for figure skating anyway.

Hmm, I can open and read the blog entry in South Korea. They say

Well, Cranberry Cup will be our first international competition representing Switzerland
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Shall I send you the blog entry by DM?
 

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