One piece of good news is that Cinquanta in Los Angeles announced that he plans to reduce the number of competitors at the Worlds
by establishing tough new qualifying standards.
There were 216 skaters from 52 countries at the World Figure Skating Championships.
The women’s field alone had 54 skaters, and it took more than eight hours to complete all the short programs. And at least 30% of these skaters would not even make it to the novice event in the US.
"If the standard of skating is so poor, the ISU should change. … This is a championship, not a festival," the ISU president said during his annual speech on the state of the sport.
This was long overdue and, believe it or not, this time I fully agree with him. Almost every Olympic sport has a qualifying system to ensure that only the best competitors can be entered in a world championship. This not only to save money, but also to make the competitions manageable, interesting, and worth watching with dignified standards