I agree with SkateFiguring. First, the suggestion that fans should just sit quietly and wait for the ISU to tell us "officially" what we ought to think -- nuts to that.
Second, I have not read even a single skater say that he or she wants Worlds to be postponed until October. A few (Charlie White, Alissa Czisny) have come right out and said that they don't like this option, while the majority have said diplomatically only that they will continue to prepare for any eventuality.
I hope mot and other Japanese fans will keep us posted on the Japanese skaters' benefit and how we can help. This is an example of the kind of pressure I mean. They are trying to stay in shape for a possible Worlds somewhere and also to help their country in more material ways. God bless them. I guess it would be harder NOT to do something in this situation.
We don't know whether silence of some or many skaters regarding the Worlds in October is either diplomacy or evidence of trust they have in their federations and / or the ISU. Perhaps they think there are other issues involved in the health of the sport which is beyond their own immediate interests or even comprehension? Or they may be just very careful not to upset someone they should not upset. Both interpretations are possible. We simply don't know and we cannot speak for the silent skaters.
Nonetheless, it doesn't mean that we fans cannot voice our opinions and preferences.
My attitude is - as I acknowledge my own ignorance on the complexity of how to organise and hold the Worlds and what are at the stake, I decide to trust the JSF and ISU and leave the decision to them. If they decide to relocate the event somewhere in Europe, I will dig deep and try to go and see it. If it's to be held elsewhere, I will cheer in front of TV. If it's to be cancelled all together, I will weep for a few days then start looking forward to the next season.
Last edited by mot; 03-19-2011 at 06:46 PM.
If Cinquanta says that under the circumstances the ISU is not capable of getting a championship together in a reasonable time frame, then we have no choice but to believe that indeed it is not.
Now, if we fans want to complain about the situation or support one solution or another, there's nothing wrong with that. As we've said before, this is something we can wrap our minds around. Have at it, fellow fans! Dissent is healthy. We know we'll support the skaters no matter what happens next.
Do you really think that the Heads-of-Federations are not sayingg anything directly to the ISU on what he should decide?
What is it about a rush decision which is so important? Are we sure that there will be TV involved?
It's very honest. I loved her quote about being detached for teh skating, and it sounds like Jason has been great for their skaters as well as her (just by the thank god for Jason comment). Praying her family continues to stay safe during all of this.
Possibly the first charity ice show held since the earthquake - the exhibition gala of All Kyushu Figure Skating Championships, held in Fukuoka in the southern island of Kyushu on March 19 and 20, was turned into a charity event in support of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
The following skaters appeared as special guests to support the cause: Miki Ando, Kensuke Nakaniwa, Yasuharu Nanri, and Takahito Mura.
Miki happened to be in Fukuoka when the earthquake struck, as Team Morozov was holding the training camp there (not sure if she's still staying there or not, but it's probable as she wouldn't have any other rink booked for her). Takahito Mura is based in Nagoya, so I believe he travelled especially for the event. Nanri and Nakaniwa are based in Kyushu, though they have retired this year.
Messages from Evan, Pang / Tong, Shae-Lynn and Yuka Sato, who are regular cast of Friends on Ice (the ice show organised and produced by Shizuka Arakawa) in Japan.
I translated Yuka's message;
I think of how fearful you all feel after the disasters. I spend everyday filled with sadness, watching the news here in America. I pray for more people to be confirmed safe and for Japan's quick recovery and resurgence.