Originally Posted by PolymerBob
However, Emily did not compete at Nationals 2008, and she was required to perform at one or more summer competitions to demonstrate her readiness for the GP assignment. Any skater given a GP assignment who did not finish in the top 5 at the latest Nationals has to do summer competition(s) and/or be individually monitored.
Emily's one summer competition, Midlantics, did not show that she was ready for international competition, and her performance at Regionals wasn't much better. The USFS could have asked her to step down because she was clearly not the Emily of the 2007-2008 GP (which was the basis for her one GP assignment) and her performance level was not good enough for international competition, especially the GP.