01-31-2011, 03:07 AM
I'm a big fan of Jeremy's skating as well, but I also agree that sending Jeremy to Worlds right now might not be such a good thing for him. I don't even think that it's necessarily a matter of tough love, since I haven't heard of him slacking off on training (at least on purpose) so I don't think it's a Nicole Bobek situation. Jeremy's had a pretty rough year, and in a good year, he's been a headcase at Worlds. I don't think with the boot problems he's had, the possible mental and physical fallout from the missed training, and then a disastrous nationals... well, I just don't think that "gifting" him a trip to Worlds is going to be doing him any favors.
Originally Posted by bekalc
Jeremy and his team have already been working on a training program which is going to get him physically and mentally ready for major international competition. Let him go to 4CCs and work through the less pressured environment and then regroup and refocus for next year. It may be very good for him.
01-31-2011, 03:22 AM
Constable , Costume Police
Was reading back over the thread and noticed doris singled out Jason Brown. Squinting at my computer screen during the JGP series , he was my favourite among the assembled talent. I'll be looking for him , for sure...
01-31-2011, 03:24 AM
Originally Posted by sidwich
01-31-2011, 03:56 AM
I agree with the USFSA's decision of the three chosen to go to worlds, and I think some of the criticism of the younger skaters is unfair.
- No one was "lucky" to skate clean. These are elite athletes who train 6 days a week on and off the ice to deliver their best at Nationals. A great performance should be expected given this level of commitment, and 2 athletes delivered in the LP. While perhaps "unexpected," this was no "luck" at all; if anything, those who made mistakes were "unlucky".
- It is completely fair to expect athletes to peak at Nationals. The skaters know that, aside from a few exceptions over the years, the top ranked skaters at Nationals will go to Worlds. Nationals is a high stakes competition and if skaters crumble under the pressure they should not expect to be gifted anything. Kwan had no problem peaking at Nationals, and was generally able to deliver equally compelling programs at Worlds as well. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that because Abbot's plan was to peak at Worlds, he actually would peak at Worlds. While Abbott's score was frustratingly close to 3rd place, he did finish in 4th and rather than drawing an arbitrary line of how close to 3rd should be close enough for Abbott, the USFSA has chosen to focus strictly on the placement.
- I think it is a mistake to choose a World team based on Grand Prix performances. In essence, these are events to get your programs in front of international judges early in the season to get feedback in order to make necessary adjustments for future competitions. A skater's programs should be better by the end of January than they were in November, and in this regard weighing more heavily performances at Nationals vs those in the GP makes a lot of sense (to me).
I like Abbott very much, and I think he is the best skater in our country. But he bombed today. Other champions have bombed in the past (Kwan in 1997, for example) but in those instances other competitors did not deliver superior performances. Tonight they did, and IMHO they should be rewarded with spots on the World team.
01-31-2011, 04:00 AM
I actually thought Bobek and Nikidinov both should have beaten Kwan in the LP at Nationals in 97. Not sure that would have changed the final overall results though. Kwan would have been put on the team for sure even if she missed the podium and even if the top 3 were Lipinski, Kwiatkowski, and Bobek. However Abbott is not Michelle Kwan of course either.
01-31-2011, 04:04 AM
Abbot had been 11th at World TWICE. At his worst, he could be out of the final free skate group like Oda last year. You like to lie. Why? The top 3 earned it, and should go to Tokyo.
Originally Posted by oleada
Last edited by FlattFan; 01-31-2011 at 04:19 AM.
01-31-2011, 04:49 AM
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