Do Keauna and Rockne still get to go to the Olympics?
Do Keauna and Rockne still get to go to the Olympics?
Too bad for M/B. They need to start fresh and build from the ground up.
Last edited by bigsisjiejie; 01-16-2010 at 06:11 PM.
I guess my feeling is that if I/B and M/B wanted to really make an argument for that second spot on the team you'd just have to point them to worlds... if they'd been able to pull it together last year we'd have three spots... yeah it sounds mean, but realistically Amanda and Mark did everything asked, and it's not like I/B are going to end up on the podium come vancouver... John can barely get out of his own way when he starts jumping.
Last edited by Tonichelle; 01-16-2010 at 06:11 PM.
I disagree and think you DO send the top two UNLESS there are extraordinary circumstances such as an illness, healing injury etc. How you skate at a certain point and time is the nature of the beast, and to be honest, none of these pairs are serious contenders on the world stage. We do not cultivate pair teams the same way other countries do (i.e. by putting together two very strong singles skaters-and wouldn't Caroline Zhang be a terrific pair partner?).
BTW, I am asking this in all seriousness and with no snark intended. Is there a particular reason why you appear to dislike John so much. Was he rude to you at an event or something? I am genuinely puzzled. He's no angel, but what pro athlete with his longevity is?
Last edited by jcoates; 01-16-2010 at 06:16 PM.
I think Innue and Baldwin will be considered too.
McL/Bru could have been considered but 2 poor skates, I would think is a no no.
No doubt about Cadee/Denny, they will go and they may even podium, if they skate the way they did.
Congrats to Evora/Ladwiq.
Now, now, that's not very nice nor accurate...while they may have been the 2nd of the 2 American teams, Denney/Barrett only came in 9th...meaning McLaughlin/Brubaker would have had to make top 4 to secure a third spot. So total blame on the 2 olympic spots should not be placed on McL/Bru.The reason we have two spots instead of three is due to M/B's performance last year.
Last edited by pista04; 01-16-2010 at 06:19 PM. Reason: added the word total to make my point more understandable
Yeah, M/B are staying home or should. Its not like tonight and yesterday were anomalies for them-- when was the last time they skated clean? Also, might I add their Worlds placement was BEHIND D/B who admirably got 9th in a daunting field. Their lifts used to be the thing that really wowed me but now I'm more wow'ed by Evora/Ladwig's lifts. Denney/Barret are solid man, and no nerves! It was like they weren't even skating under pressure. I'm really impressed. lol I wonder how much their coach is going to bawl now lol.....he's definitely one of those coach-characters-- still behind the always entertaining Brian Orser, Yao Bin and Tatiana Tarasova though :chorus:
Last edited by cornell08; 01-16-2010 at 06:21 PM.
That would really suck if Amanda and Mark was not named to the Olympic team. It's not like I/B have a chance on the podium anyways. And internationally I/B haven't been doing well. So it would make no difference whether they sent E/L or I/B Plus I/B already been to the Olympics. Give another team a chance of a lifetime. E/L deserve to go the the Olympics fair and square whether they've had international experience or not.
That does bring up an interesting point however. With the Canadian, Chinese and Russian teams having solid depth in pairs, they appear to be the frontrunners to earn three spots for worlds next year. Currently they will have a total of eight teams in Torino with up to seven of them possibly making the top ten. That of course assumes that they all show up. If they don't ( see at least S/Z skipping) and other teams with no chance of earning three spots (S/S) also skip, we could send an experienced contingent to Torino of D/B and I/B and could have thee spots next year. I think that is very conceivable.
I think M/B's Olympic chance is over for now. Maybe if they had finished top 3, but they even lost to C/O by a bit (I still don't know if I agree with it). I just feel like this whole thing would be different if they had not fallen on the death spiral yesterday. Such a silly mistake, and it cost them at least 1 spot in the standings, and probably more. So sad. This is the first time in the history of their partnership that they have ever lost a National level competition, never mind not even get on the Nationals podium.
They will probably get Four Continents, and they should have a great chance to medal there. lol. I can't help but laugh... It just seems weird that that's where they would be going. At 4CC, they would get to skate without pressure, and I hope they could have fun with it... Gotta look at the positive in it. They deserve to just enjoy skating and not worry about the results for once. I still feel like they would score better at the Olympics than basically all the American teams (that's how it was going on the Grand Prix this season), but what can you do... Nationals really does decide everything. We could re-do this entire competition over tomorrow and M/B could win it. It's just frustrating, especially seeing how great they looked in practice this week.
I hope M/B take some time now to work out some more of the kinks in their skating. They are still soooo young and have such great potential. They have so many qualities that I just love to see in a pair team. Hopefully now with less pressure, it will make things a bit easier.
Last edited by gold12345; 01-16-2010 at 06:35 PM.