She's not getting Canada because of Joannie.
About Kim's assignments last year, I don't know whether China and Russia won the draw and snapped her up, or whether USA and Canada got to choose first and didn't want her to come in and beat the local girls.
That having been said, I believe that the skaters do have an opportunity to express their wishes. Then it is up to the host federations to decide whether toi honor the skaters' preferences or not.
The reason I thought that they would try to get Ando is because USFS might think that of Kim, Rochette, and Ando, choosing Miki gives the American girs the best chance to pull an upset and win gold.
As you know, I am sad that National Federations think this way. I wish they would invite the best and let them duke it out for top honors. But everyone tells me this is naive. The conventional wisdom seems to be the main goal of host federations is to invite the weakest skaters that they can find so as to improve the chances of getting the home girls into the finals.
If it were up to me I would invite Yu-na.
Last edited by Mathman; 05-15-2009 at 12:46 AM.
I know it's true that because of the seeding rule in place now the skaters don't get to request assignment to the event(s) of their choice.
However, is it a firm truth, as much as possible with ISU that is, that host federations get first chance at their own skaters before the draw?
Did the skaters ever get to formally request events? I got the impression it was always informal. Certainly the USFSA can be always made aware that Yu-Na wishes to be invited the Skate America, but I doubt they would ever have had to oblige her.
Much will depend on how the USFS selects its team for SA. With Cohen in there, she may knock out one of the American bests and if she doesn't, it's just dificult for me to think Amercia will get gold and silver at SA which is needed to get to Finals. Of course, there are the results of the preceding 4 GPs which may work for the Americans but past performances by Meissner, Cizny, Hughes were not fruitful in the Outer GPs.
The story of the results will unfold by the time of the third GP (China, France and Russia). NHK will just confirm Asada and Ando.
Rememer it should take not less than 24 points to get into the Finals, with 26 or better being assured. And if 24, there will be TIEs, no doubt.
The 6 top skaters at Worlds are selected by Lot. If the USFS pulls 6th in the draw, it will have no choice in this selection of the top skaters. So which two Feds would want Kim?
It is my understanding that the host federations can choose their own seeded skaters before the draw.
It is pretty assured that:
Canada will select Rochette
Japan will seledct Ando
Japan will also select Asada
US will select Cohen, Flatt, and Zhang which is their right.
China, France and Russia all have options for Kim
It's the second round of the drawing which gets touchy.
The order of selection is important.
Last edited by Joesitz; 05-15-2009 at 10:01 AM.