Last edited by i love to skate; 01-05-2010 at 10:03 AM.
I think Yuna should just go back to 3f-3t. Her 3lz-3t is great but her 3f-3t was even better, higher, covered more ice and never looked even the slightest bit cheated. She doesn't get as much speed going into 3lz-3t and I think that is why it's harder to rotate all the time. All the TV commentators talk about how her 3f-3t is amazing and textbook and the best ever. I really hope Yuna doesn't let these silly biased judges psych her out. She is the best one there and everyone knows it. This doesn't mean she'll necessarily win, but she is the best, by far
Dear Mr. Hersh (and all you kids out there)"Conspiracy theorists will have a ball ..."
"Essentially trying to force Kim to compete at Four Continents would add fuel to those who argue the ISU is doing everything it can to stack the deck against the South Korean..."
"Skating message boards have been buzzing for two years about alleged deals...."
That Youtube video
Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
Sorry, this whole conspiracy thing just sounds ridiculous.
[QUOTE=i love to skate;445736]Cinquinta is well within his right to send a letter to the KSU and threaten sanctions - it is in the ISU rule book. The reason this rule exists is so skaters don't just drop out of competitions because "they feel like it". The top Canadian and American skaters can't go because of their Nationals but Yuna doesn't have anything that is preventing her from going. QUOTE]
Is there precedent that an ISU president actually used this rule during an Olympic season (much less a normal season) to sanction a top national skater for not competiting? Quote me a precedent. It is an obscure rule that has never been used before. Moreover, the timing is quite suspicious, since Cinquints already knew from the beginning of the year that Yuna will not be competiting in 4cc. Why is he making such demands now? If his requests were sincere and there were no hidden motives, he should have asked team Yuna months ahead so they'd have time to rework their schedule. And no one is dropping out of competition simply because they "feel like it". It's an Olympic Year! Top skaters in 2006 skipped out Worlds because it was right after the Olympics. Also, Miki will not attend 4cc, neither will any of the Japanese male skaters like Oda or Takahashi.
Then who picks them? And is it a coincidence that the same tech panel will be used 2 times in a row? At least to give a semblance impartiality, judging panels are usually routinely rotated. Not this time.That being said, it is understandable why she wouldn't go and like Speedy said he can't force her. Also, he doesn't personally pick the tech specialists.
Let's assume there is a conspiracy. A Japanese skater will probably take the gold medal, and probably a silver or Bronze for Yuna. So a Canadian/American skater has zero to gain from this, and they will be in the same position as if there was no conspiracy as far as medal ranking is concerned.
Last edited by chloepoco; 01-05-2010 at 11:46 AM.
Don't get me wrong, I still think Yuna is the overwhelming favorite to win the gold, just based on how poorly the top Japanese ladies skated this season.
LOL! It's the Olympics, not a typical sporting event. They should not be using the tech panel that they've used in an event just prior to it.
While Yu-Na Kim, Mao Asada, Miki Ando, Joannie Rochette, etc. etc. are all CONTENDERS for ladies Olympic gold, they are also all human. Each and every single one of them will have to have GREAT skates to win an Olympic medal. But as humans, people can mistakes and anything can and may happen. We have to remember this and realize that as good as ANYONE is, nothing is a given. That said, I hope everyone skates their best and all of this technical panel/controversy chat is something that never comes to be. I would hope? the ISU learned their lesson after SLC.
I wonder if you would take such issue with the panel being used again if Kim hadn't gotten a questionable call? What if it had happened to Cynthia Phaneuf?
Last edited by i love to skate; 01-05-2010 at 12:21 PM.