I am confused as to whether Skate Canada is bound by rule to send the top finishing skaters from Nationals or whether they have any leeway at all . If they do have the option then it would surely be in the interests of all concerned to have the 3rd man on the World team be selected on the basis of 4C's. I think I read that the Japanese Federation does that on occasion. The goal is to send the best possible team to Worlds which will in turn ensure that we get the maximum number of skaters to the following years worlds etc. That being the case , and given the length of time between 4C's and Worlds , why not use the opportunity for one last challenge for Russell and Reynolds for that last spot.
The Swedish federation has a better approach, IMHO. They gave their sole 2010 Olympics and Worlds men's spot to Adrian Schultheiss because he had stronger international results than Kristoffer Berntsson, who was the reigning national champion. As much as I adore Koffe, I agree that Adrian was the best choice. For the 2011 Worlds, Berntsson, Schultheiss and Alexander Majorov (they finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd respectively at the Swedish Championships, but Majorov earned the best scores during the fall) will have to fight for 2 spots at the Nordic Championships.
Of Firus, Rogozine and Morais, Rogozine is the only one who has a chance of finishing in the top 3 countries and giving us the maximum 14 JGP slots next season ( if SC will use them - see dance this year ). Firus will likely be top 10 but unlikely to be in the top 3 countries. Failure to finish in the top 3 countries would hit development hard as it would mean 7 or fewer ( depending on finish ) JGP slots.
IMO, the most important thing to do at JW is to get a finish to maximize the JGP entries next year.
I noticed on the women's side that Courtney Hicks ( US junior champ but no international experience ) has a direct entry. So the US were guaranteed 3 direct entries in ladies no matter who they send ( even if they send someone new to internationals. )
Last edited by nadster; 02-11-2011 at 03:54 PM.