TSDPFTBOTBOL! Those who know, know
Didn't know about the 'skating to standard' in figure skating, though I do know they do something similar with Irish music in the U.S. for those groups who want to qualify for the Fleadh Cheoil in Ireland, (three groups qualify, however, a group can be placed fourth even if there are no groups ranked ahead of them, i.e. you cannot go to the Fleadh if you are not up to 'standard'.The three most recent Skate Guard blogs...
Figure Skating Hodge Podge, Volume 6: http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/2018/09/figure-skating-hodge-podge-volume-6.html
September's edition of #Unearthed on Rodnina and Zaitsev: http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/2018/09/unearthed-irina-rodnina-and-alexei.html
Don't Worry, It's Just A False Alarm: http://skateguard1.blogspot.com/2018/10/dont-worry-its-just-false-alarm.html