Let's look at I/B international record. Their highest finish in World's was 4th in 2006, right after the Olympics. In their last appearance in 2008 they placed 10th.
Their last appearance in the GPF was in 2006-2007 where they placed 4th, also their best GPF finish.
I really don't think that's super compelling. Yes, E/L have not proven themselves on the international stage, but how long do they have to wait for the chance? Yes the Olympics is a high-stakes competition, and certainly we want to send our best out there, but how is E/L going to prove they're not a fluke if they're not given the chance to prove it?
As I said before, other skaters need to have that Olympic experience. I mean look at Shen and Zhao. When they competed in 1998, they were young and were without lots of the stuff of the top skaters,but they had that experience. And look them now.
By the way Mr. Apollo, I'm very happy for your daughter! I just loved her pure joy and she seems like a humble person, which bodes well no matter what place they end up in the Olympics.
I think E/L are similar in the sense they've been close, but not quite there. And I wouldn't define a pewter finish in 07 and 09 and a 5th place finish in 2008 bombing at nationals. I think the fact is that some skaters take longer than others to come into their own and this might be one of those cases. Not everyone can be a Barrett/Denney or a McBru.
they never truly bombed. They've skated relatively well in the nationals I've been able to witness (since NBC and ABC kept chacking them previously).
and I agree with Mrs. P - it seems to me that the skaters who are instant successes 9 times out of 10 become that flash in teh pan type... they're bright very quickly and very rarely once they have issues do they make a comeback... those that rise gradually seem to have longer careers...
Last edited by Tonichelle; 01-18-2010 at 05:41 PM.
Well said Apollo 13! Congratulations to Amanda and Mark on a dream finally realized. They have been steadily building towards this moment for years. Their short and freeskate successes were no fluke, but the result of many years of hard work and sacrifice. Congratulations to all of our 2010 Olympians! Go USA!!!!
I'd just like to say that Pairs were so exciting to watch this year. I was pleasantly surprised. I haven't enjoyed pairs in years because of our lackluster performances here in the United States. Can't wait to see what happens with our gold team this year. Can they compete at the Olympics? I don't even know.... I'm not up to speed on pairs. Either way, it will be fun to see them skate there.
why wouldn't they compete at teh olympics? or do you mean realistically what our their chances... I'd say top 10...
Apollo13, maybe you can answer this question for me. I saw video of a smiling Amanda holding up her cellphone and there was a text message saying Congrats on making the Olympic team and report to room blah, blah, blah. Is that really how skaters are notified they made the team, by text message? I thought somebody official would come and tell them or something.
I can answer this as IceNetwork reported that the USFSA was going more tech based... and they ARE sending the message via text message.
that being said the men were told to check their text msgs while they were at the press conference after the LP... so they found out before they had a chance to whip out their phone.
Apollo13, I've already congratulated Amanda & Mark on Facebook, but let me add my congratulations to you here at this board. We have enjoyed watching Amanda & Mark for the last few years, and have had at least two great opportunities to see them skate live at Skate America, at last year's Nationals & at last summer's Liberty Competition..We have also been fortunate to have a chance to talk to them following the practices and wish them well. We are so thrilled that they skated so beautifully at these Nationals and will finally have the chance to represent the USA at the Olympics.
I am just so excited for both of these teams - they both have a few 'rough around the edges' aspects to their skating, but they have such EXCITING elements, energy and both (Denney and Barrett especially) are just so genuinely likeable as skaters. I wish them nothing but the best as they pursue their Olympic dreams. Who knew four years ago it would be these two teams we'd see headed to Vancouver? Not I.