The worst thing about the GP order is that any skater who has to do two events back-to-back is going to have a problem.
GP #1: October 22-24 - NHK Trophy, Japan
GP #2: October 29-31 - Skate Canada, Canada
GP #3: November 5-7 - Cup of China, China
GP #4: November 12-14 - Skate America, Portland, Oregon, USA
GP #5: November 19-21 - Cup of Russia, Russia
GP #6: November 26-28 - Trophee Eric Bompard Cachemire, France
WHen that happens, the GP organizers try to avoid sending skaters to two events back-to-back, but the end result is that the same group of skaters face once another at the same two events. That isn't very fair if that means two events are very easy, and another two events are really difficult.
On cloud nine and refusing to come down!
Not necessarily; there's seeding. The Worlds medallists will not meet until the GPF (if they qualify), same for skaters ranked 4-6. So that means at least 2 tough opponents, barring withdrawals. Whether they're all equally difficult to beat is another question. I assume challenging Lepisto is probably better than challenging YNK, same for V/M or D/W vs F/S.
Originally Posted by chuckm
That'll depend on who the organizers want I guess, and the order of draw for the feds.
Do retirements change the list of seeded skaters?
Seeding is based on finish at Worlds. The seeds:
Takahashi, Chan, Joubert, Brezina, Abbott, Rippon - no retirements in this group
Asada, Kim, Lepisto, Ando, Phaneuf, Kostner - no retirements announced among the ladies
Pang/Tong, Savchenko/Szolkowy, Kavaguti/Smirnov, Mukhortova/Trankov, Zhang/Zhang, Dube/Davison - there are rumors that M/T are breaking up, but nothing confirmed as yet. If M/T do retire, then Langlois/Hay (highest Seasons Best score after M/T) or Caydee/Denney (7th place at Worlds) would become a seed.
Virtue/Moir, Davis/White, Faiella/Scali, Pechalat/Bourzat, Kerr/Kerr, Zaretskys - no retirements here