If it's the same as last year, the "Confirmation of Participation" is somewhere around August 15th.
So there's another deadline to make up one's mind, I suppose.
In any case, seeded skaters can't reduce his/her assignment to only one, even for medical reasons, that's what the documents say ..... (It doesn't sound executed as such though ... but my memory may be bad.)
This isn't just for YuNa, but maybe mostly for YuNa. The contract between SBS and ISU ended last March. If YuNa's competeing at GPs is not guaranteed, SBS (or other Korean TV stations) would hesitate to pay big money.
The ISU re-issues this statement routinely every year. It applies to all skaters.
as people have stated before, this has been going on since it started. I think now they just want to add some teeth to it. Don't state your going to be there at that grand prix event unless you are really sure ; you as a skater is ready and able to compete both physically and mentally.
or pull out before the official cut off date ; which is what august.
because we have been losing some money marketing you as a skater/team and then you pull out . we lose something in the process.
If a skater withdraws at the last minute, would the ISU already have the money in their pocket?
Wicked Yankee Girl
Yes--and that has happened at Skate America with both Michelle & Sasha in the past. It left a nasty taste in the mouth of people who purchased tickets explicitly to see those skaters.
From ISU's view it might be something already fixed concrete once the assignments are published like this.
I would dare suppose that it was KSU's will to send YuNa's name "temporarily" to the GP entries and not necessarily her own will.
To me, what ISU wants to say seems to be that there shouldn't be such "temporaray" submission to GP entries in regard to seeded skaters.
Then I wonder why the assignments can't be set on a later date...
Good point. I think putting somebody on a list early encourages them to declare they can't make it. Then the ISU can make their additions and subtractions over the next 4months.
Originally Posted by sorcerer
Are you sure about that? Michelle did Skate America in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002, winning seven times. In 1998, after the Olympics, she took the whole year off from ISU competition and did not do the Grand Prix at all.
Originally Posted by dorispulaski
In 2002 she intended to do the same thing, but when headliner Sarah Hughes withdrew from Skate America they pressed Michelle into service at the last minute. She won and by that one event qualified for the Grand Prix Final, but Cinquanta had mercy on her and didn't make her go.
In 2003 and 2004 Michelle, nursing her deteriorating hip, did not compete in the Grand Prix. (She probably should have retired then, but that would have deprived us of her performance of Tosca at 2004 Nationals. )