If they had passed a rule at the last Congress that returning Olympic medalists would be eligible for Grand Prix assignments, then so be it. But they didn't. They are just ignoring their own rules. I wish some skater who only got 1 assignment would sue them.
First off let me start by saying that I am so excited to be going to SA!!
I am not going to get to excited about anything as I am sure that in the next few months there will be a ton of changes!!
Now...when the heck did Shen and Zhao decided that they were going to come back? I was not expecting this...I really enjoyed seeing them in SOI and I am quite surprised that they are coming back!!!
Who are the two pairs teams that the US is going to fill at SA?
And who is going to fill that third spot for the women in SA??? I am sure that there will be speculation until that spot is filled.
The TEB field for the women blows my mind!!!
If Del/Sho show up at SA (which I don't hold much hope unless Isabelle plans on giving birth on the ice) the dance field is really packed!!
Plushenko in Russia...I will believe it when the competition is over.
Should be an interesting year and should be full of surprises!!
AHHHHHHH! It's Shen and Zhao!!!!
This season looks like it's about to be one of the most memorable seasons in a long time. Old talent v. new talent. It's gonna be awesome.
I'm gonna try to go see SC men. That's a great field and it's really up in the air. Takahashi obviously would probably be favored, but Chan is very strong, and if Ten can do a repeat of worlds...who knows. Ahhh! So exciting! Good stuff
It obviously isn't against the rules since Sasha was picked. I think the no fault of their own means that a Skater competed the past fews years and didn't qualify. Skaters such as Sasha didn't compete. Who knows maybe Sasha got a note form her dr saying she was mentally worn out and that counted as a no fault of her own similar to an injury since the mental issues of skating is just as important as the health of the body.
edited to add-tarotx, I was wondering the same thing, that if the rule applies to "no fault of their own" due to injury, etc, if Sasha could find a therapist who could claim she suffered mentally.
Last edited by MKFSfan; 05-31-2009 at 01:01 AM.
The clause that is usually quoted as the supposed loop-hole is section 2.2, paragrqph (e):
This obviously does not apply to Sasha, or as far as I know, to Shen and Zhao.Skaters/couples seeded in any previous year and who due to injury or no fault of there own, were forced to sit out competitive seasons could be considered for selection for up to 2 assignment, if they return to competitive skating.
Then there is section 2.2 paragraph (h).
Is that the “loophole” you are referring to? That this paragraph means that this “Group” can set aside the rules and make up new rules on the spot, which are not in the published document, without consulting anyone?In addition to the seeded skaters/couples and the above-mentioned onvited skaters/couples, each host ISU member may selct additional skaters/couple in accordance with selection procedures established by the ISU Figure Skating Event Coordination Group.
Now let's just see if Sasha is ready and in competition shape for TEB. She has just 4 1/2 months to get back all her jumps and be fit enough to make it through a 4-minute FS with 6 or 7 triples.
I do not think Cohen will do TEB.
Regardless of whether she is there or not, the Kim/Asada rivalry right off the bat will start the season off with a bang.