I don't see how the ISU can just up and declare that henceforth the Olympics will be in March for the convenience of ISU championships. Don't other sports, like skiing, etc., have a say in the matter? Does the International Olympic Committee get to voice an opinion?
Originally Posted by Joesitz
This proposal coming from France isn't surprising from their perspective because they don't have an as extensive qualification process as some other countries have to go through for their national competition. However, logistically, it comes across as a nightmare.
Originally Posted by gkelly
Another issue with moving U.S. Nationals to mid-December, in addition to possible conflict with GPF, is network coverage. U.S. Nationals in 2010 had to be split on two separate weekends for senior competitions due to the TV network's being unwilling to broadcast during weekdays. So you can't just move the Nationals to mid-December and not to expect issues from other stakeholders. Plus, what would happen to the attendance number? Japan typically have their Nationals around Christmas because it fits their cultural sensibility but it would not be possible for the U.S. to do that because no one would attend.
As for moving the Olympics to March, that's just beyond ridiculous. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not take order from the ISU. This is not something the ISU can decide, when or where the Olympics will happen. Whoever suggests that the IOC will just move the Games to March in order to accommodate the ISU is just plain naive and obviously doesn't understand this sport or the Olympic Games.
Last edited by wallylutz; 05-27-2010 at 11:56 AM.
leave no stone unturned
Me i dont understand whats the problem. In Euros the attendance is usually fine even in Oly year, the 4CC competition faces the problem of the location that they need to figure out anyway regardless of Oly year and just in the olympic season it gets more intense. Finally the non attendance of the medalists at Worlds, I dont see the fuss. If athletes feel like going they do, othewise they have the right to withdraw. Also this year a lot more than I expected appeared at Worlds and it was great event.
In any case if the medalists of Olys dont show up, this doesnt make it a B event, the skaters to enjoy are not just the top 3 in every Olys.
At the rink. Again.
ISU doesn't have enough pull in the IOC to push through that kind of change. France is blowing smoke, clearly.
Wicked Yankee Girl
The problem is that in an Olympic year, 4CC's and US Nationals overlapped, and almost overlapped with Canadian Nationals. As a result, usually the US & Canadian B teams go to 4CC's. The location is just an added complication, the timing is the key issue.
Originally Posted by seniorita