Did they bring a doctor's certificate?
Did they bring a doctor's certificate?
In ice dance is different, USFS will definitely prefer to send B/A to Worlds than other teams since they are top world rank team. There is none in the history that low rank teams could take over teams like B/A even with their best skate in life. The scores were pre-judged upon your world rank, not your performance that night. Judges' preference dictate your destiny. B/A knew that they do not have to compete if they do not feel ready and still could go to Worlds.
Yes, there IS a difference between getting BEATEN in a competition and WITHDRAWING. There is a HUGE difference. Johnny was beaten by FOUR OTHER SKATERS by a minimum of 17 points, B&A withdrew before the event and petitioned for a bye. It's the same as a good skater who has a bad skate at Regionals or Sectionals.
I would suggest if you are unhappy with the way this selection happened, I would suggest that you join your local skating club, run for the board and build a power base at Governing Council so that you can be elected president of USFS.
Belbin and Agosto basically said, "Hey, We're not able to compete just yet due to Ben's injury. Please consider our previous accomplishments and allow us a place on the World Team."
IMO, by competing, Johnny is saying that he is okay and 100% ready to compete. Asking the USFSA for a place on the World Team after his poor performances reduces him to a sore loser in my eyes.
I hope that the USFSA sticks to their guns and the top 3 get to go to Worlds, unless someone withdraws on their own accord. Before the 1998 Olympics, Skate Canada (CFSA back then) didn't send Emanuel Sandhu (silver medallist at nats) to the Olympics and instead sent Jeff Langdon (bronze). At this point, Sandhu was a newcomer (first senior nationals) and Langdon seemed to be the safer choice I suppose. I realize that this is not exactly the same situation, but it's still extremely unfair. Why should Emanuel have been kicked off the team after having earned the spot, supposedly?
Hopefully, Johnny will see this as a blessing in disguise. He will have extra time to get himself healthy. One thing I would personally love is for him to come out with some fantastic new programs. I have found the past couple years that his programs seem very similar, and it's a bit boring. Yes, he's a beautiful skater and yes, he definitely has talent and wonderful style, but I don't want to feel like changing the channel when he skates anymore!
Also, I can understand why perhaps he's not the USFSA's golden child, like Evan is maybe perceived to be. Am I crazy or did he not wear a CCCP team jacket to Olympic practices in Torino? I'd be pretty peeved if a Canadian skater wore another country's team jacket...vintage or not.
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It's sad for Johnny and all the US skaters who did not qualify for the World Championships in Los Angeles. There will be a lot of Hollywood glitz at that championship. But Johnny can still make the trip to Vancouver next year and he knows what he has to do.
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If what's being reported as his diet is his actual diet, I wonder, how has he gotten this far? And honestly, if that diet is true, these illnesses are not surprising.
I am a lot more worried about Ben Agosto than about Johnny Weir. Agosto has had back problems off and on for several years. Belbin and he had to withdraw from the 2007 Grand Prix final, too, for the same reason. During his recovery period the doctors allowed him to skate around and work on choreography, but he could not do any lifts.
This year it was the same thing. His back started acting up after the original dance at the GP final. After consulting with team USA doctor Robert Kruse, he was forced to drop out.
In an interview given to Detroit Free Press columnist Jo-anne Barnas on January 9th, Ben said that the injury was "worse than they expected," although in other interviews he tried to put a happier face on it.
In am afraid that there is a pretty good chance that B&A won't be able to do worlds this year after all (along with Domnina and Shabalin.) And I am quite concerned for their long-term prospects.