After reading everyone's post I still can't figure out why Takahiko or Brezina had to do the Q-Round. Can someone please give me some details? What is the rule for this mess?
I don't understand it either; someone please explain!
Takahiko had to skate in the preliminary round because of Oda's meltdown at last year's worlds. Even though Japan earned 3 spots thanks to Dai and Kozu last year, Nobu failed to make it to the free skate and that's why Japan has only 2 direct entries. I believe Oda should have been at least 18th last year to earn the third direct entry and he didn't. Out of the 3 Japanese guys, Kozuka has the lowest ISU ranking, so he was the one who had to skate to the preliminary round. The same goes for Brezina: he earned 2 spots for his country by placing 4th last year, but the other Czech guy didn't make it to the free, so there was only one direct entry. Tomas has a higher ISU ranking, so Brezina had to skate in the preliminary. It's a mess
Well, there is one obvious way to cut through all these strange rules. One entry per country, period. Each country sends its national champion to the big tournament of champions.
But...the thinking of the ISU is swayed by the objection that the second best skater in Japan is probably better than the national champion of Indonesia, so various rules are put in place to allow extra slots. This would be a valid point if the ISU World Championships were a contest of individuals.
However, the ISU is not an association of figure skaters, it is an association of national figure skating federations. Each federation has (in principle) equal status with all the others. Why should Japan get to send three skaters and Indonesia only one?
As an extra bonus, the "one country, one skater" idea would elevate the prestige of the national championships.
Last edited by Bluebonnet; 04-26-2011 at 10:50 AM.
Is Indonesia a member?
Yes, that is the point I was (feebly) trying to make. To the ISU there is no such person as Nobunari Oda. Just, "third Japanese finisher at 2010 worlds."Originally Posted by Iloved figures
Similarly, the ISU does not say, let's have a world championship and invite those terrific skaters, Mirai Nagasu and Jeremy Abbott. Instead, the ISU says, let's have a world championship and invite the United States Figurre Skating Association to send representatives.
I think the reason for the qualifying round is that there were just too many skaters doing the short program. If you have different judging panels, that's not fair. And it is too grueling a session for the same group of officials to handle.
Now, you do know that means the U.S. would have to give up Evan's Olympic Gold in 2010, World Gold in 2009, Belbin/Agosto's World Silver in 2009, Sarah Hughes' Olympic Gold in 2002, Tara Lipinski's Olympic Gold in 1998, Todd Elredge's World Gold in 1996, the list goes on and on...
Oh and last but not least, Nancy Kerrigan would have to give up her Olympic Silver as well and no World podium in ladies for the U.S. in 1992.
Mathman, you really have these great proposals that would have cut down the U.S. Olympic & World medal count to almost nothing.
Lets not be so condescendent. At least the 6 big GP nations need their nationals to decide who goes to the ISU Championships.. and some smaller ones for the categories where they shine (SWE in Men, FIN in Ladies for example)
But I agree the "direct/qualific. entries rule" needs fixing as soon as possible. I think it should be the top 18 ranked from all the entries submitted get the direct pass to the SP. That would have required all 3 american guys doing the QR though, which will get everyone in these boards very angry LOL.