Let's hope after one trial they will put the Team event where it belongs - last after all individual events have been completed. That's when the team members can focus on going all out on the ice, especially if there are newly developed motivations such as personal redemptions, rematches and national rivalries. Oh the drama! It's ridiculous to do Teams first for all kinds of reasons.
Oh, Mathman, we already have the world's foremost SP specialist in the person of Nobunari Oda! Canada's Kevin Reynolds could train to be one, as could most Quad Squad also runs, especially if they can do two different quads.
As for limited number of hopefuls in this event, it's the same in most sports. These nations are the markets advertizers are interested in anyway. As well, patriotism is a great marketing tool.
I like the idea of short & long program specialists!
It would allow more people on the team, which would be cool, too.
According to the USFS link, the OIC mentioned there will be one male, one female, 2 couples to form the Team. The USFS is awaiting further clarification.
While it would be fun to mention who is the better SP skater, etc., I think its best to wait further details.
Perhaps in Sylvia's note, the Exec Director was just thinking out loud. Anyway, we will know more complete offical news not later than June.