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    Campbell's Lineup

    Here's a link to the USFSA write-up on the upcoming Campbell's Figure Skating Classic. Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen will be competing.

    And the Olympic season will soon be underway!


    http://www.usfsa.org/event_story.asp?id=30314

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    I think we have all seen this link. What we would like is to see if this will be an international event, and if so, who will be coming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    I think we have all seen this link. What we would like is to see if this will be an international event, and if so, who will be coming?

    Joe
    Well, I just saw the link for the first time a few minutes ago. I saw no other threads on it, so I thought perhaps there were some who also had not seen it as yet.

    I doubt if this will become a Grand Prix-status event, but perhaps it will grow. I think it can be a good warm-up for the competitors.

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    Yes, and the Japanese opening event will be going on as well. I think it is a week before Campbell's. AFAIK Irina and many top Japanese skaters will be in the ladies event.

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    How much is the top prize at the Japan event? Campbell's is $50,000.00. That should lure some elite skaters.

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    Let the season begin!

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    I know Johnny Weir is currently on schedule for the Japanese event; he is (reportedly) also confirmed for Campbell's. I hope he isn't doing both. He cited overwork at the mid-season Marshall's, and, had to drop out of the GPF due to exhaustion, and, he was injured going into Worlds -- repeating the same mistakes going into Olys is (IMO) not a smart idea. Sacrificing the GP for the cheesefests is not a smart idea -- even though he has CoP experience from prior years, I don't think that ticking off the ISU will be good for his chances at an Oly medal.

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    Joe, it is still listed as an "international" event on the ISU's official schedule, so we can hope for the best. Campbell's definitely needs a top international lady, otherwise it will just be the Michelle and Sasha show.

    Like Ladybug, I am curious about the purse for the Japanese event on Oct. 1.
    According to Wvgal posting on FSU, the line-up for Japan is:

    Men

    Nobunari Oda (world junior champion)
    Daisuke Takahashi
    Takeshi Honda

    Evgeni Plushenko
    Jeff Buttle
    Johnny Weir

    Ladies

    Shizuka Arakawa
    Miki Ando
    Fumie Suguri

    http://www.ne.jp/asahi/skate/soul/04JN/04JN61.jpg

    Irina Slutskaya
    Julia Sebestyen
    TBD

    So, three Japanese and three international skaters in each group. That would be a nice precedent for Campbell's if they can attract the top people. Carolina Kostner would be a logical invitee for either event, but I don't know whether she would want to do either of them.

    I think that Plushenko might do them both. He seems to be able to take these competitions in stride.

    If "TBD" doesn't work out, I wonder if Mao Asada might get a chance. She at least doesn't have to worry about planning her calendar with the Olympics in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    If "TBD" doesn't work out, I wonder if Mao Asada might get a chance. She at least doesn't have to worry about planning her calendar with the Olympics in mind.
    Susana Poykio has been confirmed for the event.

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    I wish our networks would air the Japanese event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    I wish our networks would air the Japanese event.

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    exactly. that looks to be the most interesting comp

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdreampixie
    Susana Poykio has been confirmed for the event.
    Thanks for the info.

    http://www.usfigureskating.org/conte...ykio-flirt.jpg

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    The Lineup for Japan is a lot more interesting than watching Kwan and Cohen show off their new 'unfinished programs'.

    Good luck to Johnny. That's what Tiger does. He goes to most of the events as well as the Masters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    I wish our networks would air the Japanese event.

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    On that matter, any TV networks outside of Japan airing this event?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    The Lineup for Japan is a lot more interesting than watching Kwan and Cohen show off their new 'unfinished programs'.
    Why the quotes around unfinished programs? By the way, I think that both events have very good fields for being "cheesefests." In Japan, you have the return of Evgeny Plushenko, and with it a glimpse into whether his injury has healed and any impacts in choreography with his partnership with Morosov. You also have the silver and 4th place finishers at last worlds in Buttle and Weir, respectively. (Sorry Japanese men, but you're skating for 4th-6th places here. On a side note, practice reports on Honda have been disappointing). On the American side, not having Plushenko is obviously a big loss, but having the bronze and 4th place world finishers with Lysacek and Weir is not too shabby. On the women's side, it does add some excitement having the world champion. The Japanese women, while dynamic and definitely a threat, leave several questions. Suguri (worlds #5) almost always opens the season poorly, it is uncertain whether Arakawa (worlds #9) has regained the fire that lead to her first world championship, and Ando (worlds #6) dropped, at least last year, her distinctive quad attempts and has yet to show the presentation maturity to match the other ladies. It's almost as if familiarity with Cohen and Kwan breeds contempt, as if having world's #2 and #4 makes for a poor event. Again, while I enjoy skaters like Sebestyen (worlds #12) and Poykio (worlds #8), they would be bridesmaids to the rest of the field in either event. Overall, both fields will produce excellent events.

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