Actually, I thought that only non-Americans were able to skate in SOI and stay eligible. I thought that Americans gave up their eligibility if they joined.Originally posted by Vash01
Touring with SOI does not make a skater lose eligibility. He/she would have to compete in one of the pro competitions to lose it. That is why Yagudin does not lose his eligibility.
I don't see Yuka as any kind of headliner. I would bet the majority of average fans who go to SOI will have no idea who she is. However, there is no other ladies skater they can possibly get. Oksana has the name, but right now she does not have the skills. Nicole Bobek has a COI contract and lacks the skills. I never thought of Lucinda Ruh as a good addition, but why is she no longer in the cast? Boy, no wonder Scott Hamilton is so upset with the lack of skaters going pro. His tour may just go down the drain because of it. (No, I am not an advocate for making a skater go pro. They should stay eligible as long as they want.)