Now let's give the Russians some credit for putting Worlds together so quickly.
I refuse to believe that a couple of quick phone calls would not have taken care of a quick visa. Accomodations were already made for Rachael so a different skater could have just taken her place and practice slots. Could it be any easier ?
Are we really expected to believe Russia can organize Worlds in a month and US Skating can't manage to get one skater to Moscow with a week's notice?
Let's not forget what Russia just pulled off. I don't buy the "time' excuse for a second. A better question might be if the alternate(s) were in competition shape.
If Mirai, Agnes, Christina, etc have not been skating and already started their off-season ice break that could make a difference. But isn't US Skating supposed to have some ability to manage it's skaters and have contingency plans?
I am not trying to berate Rachael about this and I don't blame her for wanting to compete. It was just obvious she was injured badly enough that an alternate should have been discussed with US Skating.
Was that the case?
ETA: Just read RD's post and the Hersh article.
Carroll wants some answers and says Mirai was ready to go.