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    News Weiss said he & Sasha joining SOI this fall!

    I was out of the office on Friday & couldn't post it then. Apologies if someone else duplicates this info elsewhere...but it's too good to ignore.

    Last Friday, during his daily 'analysis stint' on the local Wash, DC, NBC affiliate (around 6:45 am every day, during the Games), Michael Weiss mentioned that he is looking forward to touring with SOI come this fall. At the very end, he snuck in this shocker: "Sasha Cohen and a lot of other Torino skaters will also be in the show."

    I rewound my tape, to make sure that I heard the right thing - He definitely said "Stars on Ice" and not "Champions on Ice."

    Didn't any other DC-area viewers catch Michael's announcement?

    This would mean that Sasha is definitely retiring from eligible skating, right? You read it here first.
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    If I remember correctly, didn't Todd Eldridge get permission from the skating association to skate with them and then when he wanted to go back to eligible, they refused to honor it. I think the way I remember that sometimes they will ok it. Of course, you must remember that my memory doesn't work to well. I think there's something wrong with the doors in my house because every time I go through one, it just sucks everything out of my brain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grgranny
    If I remember correctly, didn't Todd Eldridge get permission from the skating association to skate with them and then when he wanted to go back to eligible, they refused to honor it. I think the way I remember that sometimes they will ok it. Of course, you must remember that my memory doesn't work to well. I think there's something wrong with the doors in my house because every time I go through one, it just sucks everything out of my brain.
    I think that was Yagudin

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    Sarah Hughes got permission too, didn't she???

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    She must have because it was rumored that she was thinking of going back to eligible.

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    Just to get this subject back on track: Did Weiss speak correctly? Did any other DC-area viewers see this? Has it been confirmed elsewhere?

    It's more important to note that Weiss announced this to begin with, rather than go off on a tangent about whether or not folks who join SOI can retain eligibility.

    So to go back to my original subject:

    Sasha & Weiss are joining SOI this fall, according to Weiss' Feb 24th appearance on NBC4 in Washington, DC. Pretty big news, eh?

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    Grgranny is correct. Most of the foreign skating federations allow their skaters to participate in SOI if asked. That includes the Russian federation. The USFSA does not sanction SOI & only has allowed its skaters to participate in COI in the past. My understanding was that COI contributes millions to the coffers of USFSA on a regular basis. SOI does not. They may be making special deals with some skaters (as they did for Eldredge) or they may have lifted the non-sanctioning.

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    Only American skaters need permission from USFSA to skate with SOI while retaining olympic eligibility. Although never considered a real contender, Sarah Hughes was allowed to keep her Olympic eligibility while skating with SOI. Would be hard for USFSA to lower the boom on Sasha and Johnny after what they did for Sarah. I think the absence of Sasha and Johnny will really hurt Collin's show especially if Michelle finds she can't skate all the shows as she did in the past.

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    maybe we'll get more info from another interview.

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    Sasha & Weiss join SOI this fall!

    Well, I'm tryig a different angle for this, as my earlier post has become a discussion about eligibility (or not) for SOI skaters.

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    Last Friday, during his daily 'analysis stint' on the local Wash, DC, NBC affiliate (around 6:45 am every day, during the Games), Michael Weiss mentioned that he is looking forward to touring with SOI come this fall. At the very end, he snuck in this shocker: "Sasha Cohen and a lot of other Torino skaters will also be in the show."

    I rewound my tape, to make sure that I heard the right thing - He definitely said "Stars on Ice" and not "Champions on Ice."

    What do you guys think about this? I wonder if Sasha will still be welcomed on the spring tour of COI, if it is known that she has signed onto next season's SOI????

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    Sasha might only be skating at some venues of SOI as a guest. That does not mean she will be skating with SOI full time. She can still be eligible. Michael Weiss skated for SOI as a guest and was at Nationals and Worlds.

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    Michael Weiss skated part time with SOI after Nats -- when he came in fifth, and didn't make the world team. I don't think it is realistic for any skater to tour at the same time they are competing -- remembe what happened to both Nicole Bobek and Todd Eldredge when they did "Nutcracker on Ice" before '96 Nats?

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    attyfan - Thanks for this info. I didn't know that he already had skated with SOI, after Nationals, this year.

    So Weiss obviously is a creditable source for info on SOI. It will be interesting to see if what he mentioned on local TV about Sasha will come to pass. He may have spoken a bit prematurely, assuming that few of us 'rabid fans' would be up so early int he morning, listening to his NBC4 spots.

    If Sasha is indeed already committed to starring in SOI, then it lends her meaning to Scott Hamilton's constant praising of Sasha's showmanship (already knowing that she was signed up for his show). LOL!

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    Weiss skated with SOI both before and after Nationals. Sasha just needs an individual sanction from the USFSA to clear the way. It wouldn't be hard for her to get it OK'd. I am pretty certain the powers-that-be want her back for at least another year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller
    I wonder if Sasha will still be welcomed on the spring tour of COI, if it is known that she has signed onto next season's SOI????
    Does anyone know if her contract is up with COI?? I know that she is advertised with the show this summer. SOI doesn't start until fall so maybe it will work out for her. I don't know whether she can still be under contract with COI and skate in SOI though.

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