I'm excited for the results! Anyone going? I think Sr Pairs will be interesting along with Jr Men! Those guys better watch out for Nam! He's going for 4 in a row!
I agree that Nam Nguyen is definitely one to look out for in junior men. He looks like the successor to Patrick Chan.
It is a pity that he is too young to go to junior worlds this year. His score at BC sectionals (162.20) was higher than any of the scores any of our JGP bound guys scored this year , even domestically.
The other pity is that Balde is still injured. He also ages out of junior internationally this season so it is sad that he couldn't even register an international score for GP consideration next year. That is too bad especially as he made the JGPF in 2008.
It looks like in mens the JW world team will be Kevin Reynolds ( last chance for him to compete junior internationally ) and one of Lam, Rogozine or Firus. Lam also ages out after this season. Shaquille Davis could be a dark horse for the second spot.
Challenge dates/location: December 2-6, 2009, in Mississauga, ON
Starting orders/results page (Pre-Novice through Senior): : http://www.skatecanada.ca/en/events_...t_west2010.htm
39 Senior Ladies
23 Senior Men
8 Senior Pairs
12 Senior Dance
Can someone confirm how many Seniors and Juniors will advance to Canadians in each discipline?
I only really know the BC guys, and then Liam the most, as a skater anyway. If he skates up to his abilities (no pops, jumps landed cleanly) he's fantastic. He has amazingly soft knees and when his jumps are landed cleanly, they're to die for. Nam's great too, and Ronald could probably top them all, but he's actually competing Sr nationally this year. I agree that the Jr Worlds team will probably be Kevin Reynolds plus someone else. Who knows though? Kevin hasn't improved his Jr Worlds results at all. Maybe SC will decide that they've had enough and send two newbies to gain experience. When it comes down to it, Jr Worlds really doesn't matter that much. I'd love to see Liam go, but I think some other guys will go unless he skates light out at Nationals. Who knows...he could! He was 3rd after the short in one of his JGP events. He can compete with the other guys on the circuit, he just needs to make sure his head is in the right place.
Originally Posted by nadster
Don't forget that Junior Worlds placements matter for the number of JGP slots a country earns for the following season...
Originally Posted by skatingbc
Moving up the testing structure
With the new rules, only the top 3 countries in each discipline secure the maximum number of JGP berths for the following season (14?) and the next countries only get 7 (?) so it's a huge drop, hence the importance of placing in the top 3.
Originally Posted by skatingbc
Oops...forgot about that. Thanks for setting me right! I don't even know if Kevin could pull off top three at Jr Worlds though.
Back to the Challenge ...
Are these advancement numbers correct for Senior?
Top 12 Sr men (13 if Joey Russell places in the top 12)
Top 14 Sr ladies
Top 9 Sr dance teams
All 5 of the Sr pair teams that not already byed through (the 3 GP pairs, including Duhamel/Buntin who are likely to withdraw due to her injury)
Last edited by Sylvia; 11-30-2009 at 08:46 PM.
The only reason I see Skate Canada picking Kevin is because of the need to have someone finishing in the top 3 countries. If Balde were healthy, I could see SC not sending Kevin at all.
Kevin is the only one who has a chance of doing that although I wouldn't favor him to do that. He can't do quads in the junior SP and his triple axel is wonky to say the least.
I actually think a healthy Balde would do better than Reynolds at JW ( he did last year ) simply because his triple axel is far more consistent. Alas, he is injured.