Everything is beautiful at the ballet!
I somehow feel that the NBC networks will replace the Worlds time slots with sports other than skating, LOL. More big-league $PORT$...$$$$$$.
I think the old saying is that things like sports and the arts aren’t necessary for life, but they give people something to live for.You do realise that just because people are upset about Worlds being cancelled it doesn't make them ignorant of the global situation, right? It's possible to be upset about more than one thing at a time.
I'm surprised something like this hadn't happened already! We have a lot of frivolous travel & few are truly considerate thinking about others and society when it comes to illness! IMO airplanes are mobile petri dishes and I gave up travel over 10 years ago! It stopped being worth it when I felt like cattle being herded even if paying for 1st class! Screening was humiliating enough; literally being undressed by some a-hole IDK who may be just having a bad day!I think the old saying is that things like sports and the arts aren’t necessary for life, but they give people something to live for.
Sadly, there have been plenty of Four Continents without spectators.Cynically, I think what was considered was that they won't get their insurance $$$ if the event happens without spectators.
And honestly, why have the event without spectators anyway? Audience reaction is (IMO) a crucial factor in watching most live sports.
Aleksandr Zhulin:It is an emergency situation that is connected not only to figure skating, but is a global problem that cannot be avoided. One must take it calmly. There have already been cases of cancellation of world championships. What to do now? I definitely do not understand the sense of postponement the Worlds to the fall, because it is not practical to hold two World Championships in the pre-Olympic season. It will be a too difficult a season.
We need to cancel Worlds and not postpone it, we need also to find an opportunity to host it in Montreal once in next four years. Breaking the calendar of the season is not the best way out of the situation.
Tamara Moskvina:This is the second time in history when Worlds is canceled, the first cancellation occurred when the US team crashed on an airplane. It was a catastrophe, now its the same. We were preparing for the championship, just today we trained our free dance, but you can not risk the health of athletes and coaches. Therefore, I think it’s the right decision, the ***** has not been studied properly yet, terrible consequences are possible.
We all, of course, grieve over the situation, but this is a world problem. It will be good if everyone unites and starts behaving correctly. I urge everyone, if possible, not to visit crowded places, to wear masks. We need to protect ourselves and prevent the infection from spreading further.
I also loved a stanza from Aleksandr Blok’s poem that Aleksandra Boikova used to describe her feelingsYes, everyone had chances, but circumstances are stronger than our desires. The decision was made by the Quebec government, it was confirmed by ISU, and we must obey it. How can we compare the danger to human health to the ambitious of a young couple? They still have many world championships ahead.
What's next? We’ll sleep now, the morning is wiser than the evening, as says the Russian proverb. We will continue to live and do everything that we planned earlier.
«In soul's cash as if the mould
Has penetrated up to height,
But I should sing, and mourn, and go
Along smooth paths to paradise».
This stanza from Blok's poem that conveys true emotions and feelings about the cancellation of the key start of the season and the general situation in the world. Indeed, it remains only to "cry, sing, go" to do our work, no matter what.
Thanks to everyone who supported us this season and continues to cheer us up now. I am very glad that we managed to arouse people's interest in figure skating and, in particular, in our pair.
Whichever programs they want to. Old ones or new ones, that’s their choice. No one prevents skaters to change their programs even half way through the season, so why should anyone prescribe which program they have to skate at delayed worlds?Then which programs would be used at 2021 Worlds five months later? The same programs?
There was some talk of changing to end April but experts (doctors,scientists)seem to feel it will be worse before better and that the reschedule could only be in October. Based on that........ complete cancel only choice.I'm stunned that they're not even trying to postpone, but simply outright canceling the event.
Part of the reasoning all the necessary participants (skaters, coaches, officials)travelling through these airports where many people could have been exposed but not symtamatic etc. so could arrive sick. If some opt out on participating they would lose if others competed. This sucks but is the most fair. Everybody loses out fairly equally. I hope anyone already in Mtl who comes from a place harder hit can stay here for a while. Everyone needs to work and train..head down until the danger passes.I'm quite stunned that the idea of holding it behind closed doors doesn't even seem to have been considered.
Not in figure skating. The energy of the crowd is a critical part of it. Skaters get their energy from it.If I were participating, I would welcome the opportunity to compete in an empty arena. It makes you feel like the stakes are not as high. It takes some of the pressure off.
Me too. I'm betting NBCSN will just drop in reruns of American Ninja Warrior since that is what is on pretty much every time I randomly tune in.I somehow feel that the NBC networks will replace the Worlds time slots with sports other than skating, LOL. More big-league $PORT$...$$$$$$.
The thing is, this is likely our new normal. If they do move Worlds to October then perhaps the best thing for the athletes is to just keep this seasons programs. And for the Ice Dancers, the powers that be should just decide to keep the RD from this year too. Otherwise, what are the skaters going to do? They can't train two programs. Imo, it's best to just keep this year's programs. Hopefully this ********* will die out - and may we never see anything like it again in our lifetimes. That is my hope and prayer.I think the skaters made it pretty clear in 2011 the idea that moving worlds to October doesn’t work because they’re already in deep prepping for the next season.
Yes. They have codeshares with United so those flights should be eligible for transferring your credits.On a different topic I’m hoping someone knows this. I have to cancel flights from the US to Montreal on Air Canada. They are waiving change fees but it looks like they don’t fly within the US. One end of the journey has to be Canada. Since I have no future plans to travel to Canada this would mean a total loss. No one answers at Air Canada. Does anyone know if you can fly Air Canada within the US?
I know that. My point was @misskarne was assuming no one considered holding Worlds without an audience and I was merely pointing out that it may actually have been a consideration. No one here knows which conversations were held.It’s not the ISU’s decision to cancel it is Quebec’s decision.
You do realize that Montreal is in a Canada not USA. Trump can’t suspend travel from Europe to Canada.Well Trump just suspended all travel to Europe. So that would’ve effectively canceled worlds in Montreal anyway.
This is getting real serious.
That’s not what I meant gurlllll come on. It needs to be explained that basic to you?Who travels from the US to Canada via Europe?
Are you efffing kidding me???You do realize that Montreal is in a Canada not USA. Trump can’t suspend travel from Europe to Canada.
I know it’s a mute point but really! Planes do travel from Europe directly to Canada.
There would be connections within the U.S. Give it a couple of days they will be overwhelmed right now.On a different topic I’m hoping someone knows this. I have to cancel flights from the US to Montreal on Air Canada. They are waiving change fees but it looks like they don’t fly within the US. One end of the journey has to be Canada. Since I have no future plans to travel to Canada this would mean a total loss. No one answers at Air Canada. Does anyone know if you can fly Air Canada within the US?
I called in to Skate Canada's conference call yesterday on the cancellation and Debra Armstrong, who was asked exactly this by a reporter, indicated that this was not considered -- they provided the government of Quebec with information about the event and Quebec's subsequent response was the cancellation.
If a US permanent resident can get a flight in to Pearson, they can just drive to Detroit to continue their trip. It might be out of the way for some, but it’s doable.Well it means the flight capacity to Canada to attend worlds would be reduced a lot because I’m sure lots of people would be booked to travel from Europe to NYC to Montreal. Plus there would be a rush on trying to get any available seats direct from Europe to Canada.
This has been said before but perhaps you missed it. The idea is to slow down transmission so that the healthcare system doesn't get completely overwhelmed so that there aren't enough people and supplies to treat everyone. If we don't do this, then people who get the ***** and would have lived will die instead.if everything is so inevitable and catastrophic, what is the harm in allowing a sporting event to continue for those who wish to participate?
You are the one who said something unclear (to be charitable) but it's the rest of us who have a problem. Sure.My post was not a statement in logistics of traveling. Now come on now! Think!!!!
Worlds were canceled before Trump announced the travel ban. Perhaps you should be less hasty before calling people "gurlll" and telling them to think.That’s not what I meant gurlllll come on. It needs to be explained that basic to you?
If half of North America has a travel ban to Europe, skate Canada and the province of Quebec is not going to go through with holding the world championships? That’s just another symptom of the world dynamic right now to ensure the cancellation of worlds.
My post was not a statement in logistics of traveling. Now come on now! Think!!!!
I'm fully aware that there's a whole world of people out there who have nothing to do with figure skating or sports who are being impacted by this deadly ***** and I don't need you to point the obvious out to me. My previous remarks are specific to this thread about Worlds being cancelled and the athletes, etc. who are affected by the cancellation.Yes, it's sad. But the situation is going to impact a whole lot more people than athletes/skaters. For example, it could impact a whole lot of refugees who were supposed to fly out of war zones or refugee camps.