There is nothing special about Skate America in terms of its weight among the BigSix. Each of the BigSix have the same privilege. What the USFS has to avoid is entering 3 of its top skaters into SA. I know it is considered profit making to have as many stars in the one competition, but I don't think that's not going to give them enough points to qualify for GPF.
There are five other GPs to disperse the USFS' top skaters. Other than Ice Dance, I don't see any particular draw for the other divisions. But a good example, I would not put The Shibutanis or Chock and Zurlein in the same competition. They have strong possibilites to make the Final. Why would you want to pit them against each other?
It seems to me that Fans do not understand the system of the GPs and its importance as a major competition in Figure Skating. It's not a glamorous beginning of the Season; it is the first of a series of competitions (not unlike other sports) ending in a meaningful Final.
Skate America is just one competition and the USFS can play with that in terms of strategy for high placements of its skaters. Putting in Czisny, Mirai and Zawadski will negate the placements of the best of that trio. If Miki, Carolina or even Yuna skate how would the 3 Americans end up? Strategy! strategy! strategy is a must.
Don't laugh as the attendance is nowhere near what it used to be.
Your strategy makes sense but so does having a few American draws to keep SA going. If not look for "Skate Korea" or "Skate Finland" in the not to distant future.
The CoP and the Grand Prix is not a hot ticket in the USA.
SA's best bet is to invite the biggest Asian stars and have the event in an area with a large Asian-American population.
Last edited by janetfan; 05-03-2011 at 06:12 AM.