I recently read some comments from Bianchetti and to no surprsie she was quite critical of Speedy.
One of Bianchetti's remarks reminded me of a recent discussion here. She stated that of the lady skaters at the last Worlds close to 20 in the field could not do an acceptable double axle, a requirement for a senior lady skater.
Earlier I had said it didn't seem right to have a competition called the "World Championship" when 10 or more of the best skaters in the world were not eligible to participate soley because they were from bigger federations.
I still feel this way and Bianchetti said the only reason for this was to reinsure speedy's support from the smaller federations.
Politics seem to rule figure skating much to the detriment of the sport.
It was poined out to me that ALL skaters taking part in Worlds have atleast met the senior level requirements. Several of you stated that here in support of having as many federations take part as possible.. Bianchetti says this is not even close to being true.
We seem to accept this diversity as"good for the sport" but I fail to see how letting skaters who can't meet the senior ladies basic requirements into a "World Championship while leaving so many skaters who could finish in the top 25 at home can be good for the sport.
It could also be a reason we see so little of the bottom half of the draw. Many are only there to insure speedy's power base will remain solid.
Isn't it time for a change?