Thanks for pointing that out mathman. I am vaguely aware of the GP selection process which makes sense for the GP series.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Just a little OT note here. I showed clips of the Shibs from Worlds to several of my family members who gave up watching skating,
They were absolutely charmed by their skating and I sensed a chance of their interest returning.
So that is why I suggested the Shibs for SA.
Rules, rules, rules
Last edited by janetfan; 05-04-2011 at 07:35 AM.
There were also two - hardly international - comps that were sponsored by Marshalls and I forget the name of the other one. I believe those comps were geared to Kwan which made money for her and for the USFS. They even had one where Kwan could hardly stand up on skates, but she won.
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After I wrote that, it occurred to me that if the ISU really is going to change the rules to allow seeded skaters to do three events, then they will have to allow two skaters from 1-3 at the same competition.
Originally Posted by Hernando
So maybe next year, under the new rules, we can have both the Davis and White and the Shibutanis at the same event.
2004 was the best year for the good ol' cheesefests. There were three. The spring Marshalls, the fall Campbells, and the Winter Marshalls.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
Besides the top Americans (Kwan, Cohen, Kirk, Weiss, Goebel, Weir, Lysacek, etc.), international skaters who participated were: Arakawa (twice) Slutskaya (twice), Ando (twice), Kostner, Sebestyen, Suguri, Plushenko (twice), Joubert (three times), Griazev, Sandhu, and Honda.
The prize money in each event was $50,000 for first, and on down from there. (The same money as you could get from winning the World Championship. )
I thought that when the U.S. single skaters won the World Team Trophy 2 years ago, their $30,000 prizes were a record.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Host picks - 3 in each discipline for each host
Seeds - Each host gets 1 of the 1-3 seeds and 1 of the 4-6 seeds in each discipline
Worlds 7-12 - Each host gets 2 in each discipline from this category
World Ranking top 24 - of those not already selected, at least one per host/discipline
SB list top 24 / JGPF medalists / JW medalists - of those not already selected at least one per host/discipline
After all guarantees have been fulfilled, the final selection is to fill still-empty slots. Here is where skaters/teams who have only one or no assignment get a first or second assignment.
1. Host Picks
Skate America: Alissa Czisny, Christina Gao, Ashley Wagner
Skate Canada: Cynthia Phaneuf, Amelie LaCoste, Myriane Samson
Cup of China: Yan Liu, Bingwa Jeng, Qiuying Zhu
NHK: Miki Ando, Mao Asada, Yuki Nishino
TEB: Mae Berenice Meite, Lena Marrocco, Yretha Silete
Cup of Russia: Alena Leonova, Ksenia Marakova, Adelina Sotnikova
I think three of these are fairly straightforward (SC, TEB and CoC) regardless of whether or not I’m right. None of these nations skaters are really going to be challenging for medals much of the time (a Phaneuf fluke notwithstanding). The other three, however, have some tough decisions to make. Firstly, I do expect Ando to submit her name for the GP series, regardless of whether she does it, but I don’t expect Kim to submit hers. So that shifts the tiers so that it’s Ando-Kostner-Leonova and Czisny-Asada-Makarova.
So for CoR, no brainer – picking Leonova and Marakova allows you to avoid facing a whole host of people. Then you’ve got the two junior babies going to seniors. Pick the one who you think will do better, in this case I expect Sotnikova (based on her beating Eliza in three head to heads last season).
For NHK, the same thing. Picking Ando and Asada allows you (if Ando skips the season) to replace her with another host pick. If not, that’s okay too. Realistically, wanting to avoid the top competition in general doesn’t ruin your chances at a GPF spot. Witness the 2010 NHK, where all three medalists earned a spot at the GPF (Flatt, Kostner, Murakami). However, even with that fact, you’ve got Suzuki, Murakami and even Imai who could do well, so send them elsewhere. The third Japanese slot is essentially filler here, unfortunately.
Skate America is the trickiest. Czisny is obviously the host pick. Now, between Zawadski and Gao, it makes sense to chose Gao (if that’s truly the dichotomy). Zawadski is already guaranteed a spot, but Gao isn’t. So why not split the deck a little. And between Wagner and Nagasu, similar logic applies (though Nagasu’s likely getting two spots). Hell, make a deal with TEB to take Nagasu in exchange for NOT taking Brian Joubert or P/B (P/B are so gunning for the Shibs next season, and assuming Joubert wants another go a China)
Skate America: Alissa Czisny, Alena Leonova
Skate Canada: Carolina Kostner, Mao Asada
Cup of China: Miki Ando, Ksenia Marakova
NHK: Miki Ando, Mao Asada
TEB: Carolina Kostner, Alissa Czisny
Cup of Russia: Alena Leonova, Ksenia Marakova
a) If Miki Ando looks to retire, CoC gets her. If not, Skate America does (a deal, in exchange for Nagasu)
b) If Skate America takes Ando, Leonova gets CoC
c) Skate Canada taking a gamble on Kostner and Asada, assuming the former will revert to headcasing it in, and Asada’s restructuring not complete. If not, doesn’t matter, they’ll still be able to sell tickets.
d) NHK and CoR best positioned to avoid the gaggle.
3. Worlds 7-12 (Marakova 6th w/out Kim, Phaneuf becomes 12th without Kim)
Skate America: Elene Gedevanishivili, Kiira Korpi
Skate Canada: Cynthia Phaneuf, Rachael Flatt
Cup of China: Sarah Hecken, Kanako Murakami
NHK: Elene Gedevanishvili, Cynthia Phaneuf
TEB: Kiira Korpi, Rachael Flatt
Cup of Russia: Sarah Hecken, Kanako Murakami
a) Flatt’s a question mark. If she submits her name, I think SC will take her in the hopes she doesn’t show-up. The cost of her showing up isn’t all that great because she hurts a group of largely less hopeful candidates anyway, whereas her showing up elsewhere, and showing up healthy could cause some issues for skaters. If she doesn’t submit her name, Mae Bereneice becomes the de facto 12th placer and I think she can just replace Flatt in SC and is already at TEB regardless
b) If Elene does stick with Morosov, I can see her wanting CoR, which would be at the expense of Hecken, who switches to Skate America.
4. World Ranking, top 24, those not selected
So, it’s hard to tell who’ll stay in the top 24 and who will fall out. This is just a rough guestimate.
Will likely submit name and be in top 24: Suzuki, Lepisto, Nagasu, Imai, V. Helgesson, Marchei, (LaCoste, Wagner), Shelepen. LaCoste and Wagner have their spots via host pick.
Skate America: Imai
Skate Canada: Shelepen
Cup of China: Marchei
TEB: V. Helgesson, Suzuki
Cup of Russia: Lepisto
No real logic. I suspect the GP that takes Viktoria will also take Joshi just for the ‘they’re sisters!’ angle. Anyone who wants to start sucking up in preparation for Sochi will likely be kind to Russian skaters. Anyone who doesn’t care about foreign competition as their skaters aren’t all that great will take on the stronger ones (except for NHK, who’ve already made the deal with SA for Nagasu)
5. SB list top 24 / JGPF medalists / JW medalist
These skaters fit the bill and haven’t been selected yet: Eliza Tuktamisheva, Yasmin Siraj ,Vanessa Lam, Zijun Li, Agnes Zawadski (assumption that Meier won’t submit her name)
Skate America: Zijun Li
Skate Canada: Eliza Tuktamisheva
Cup of China: Agnes Zawadski
NHK: Vanessa Lam
TEB: Yasmin Siraj
Cup of Russia: N/A
6. Fill in the rest from the Top 75 Season best scores
So, so far
Skate America: 8 Skaters
Skate Canada: 9
Cup of China: 9
Cup of Russia: 6
Not surprisingly, the three weaker nations have filled more slots. That CoR doesn’t have as many as the rest is just blind luck – the order in the actual meeting room probably affects things too. So..., some more thoughts....
a) Does anyone want to suck up to speedy? Giving Marchei a second slot couldn’t hurt
b) Again, working with the Russian Federation would be giving second slots to the wonderbabies
c) At the same time, Federations likely want someone who’ll actually be good for the crowd too – a solid jumper/interesting artist... something that they’ll take home. And event with memorable skaters is a terrific thing and helps the sport all around
d) There’s a rumour going around that they’ll reduce the number of skaters in singles to ten. I think it’s stupid, but..... Well, rumours.
Skate America: Akiko Suzuki, Mae Berenice Meite, Laura Lepisto, Min-Jeong Kwak
Skate Canada: Adelina Sotnikova, Cheltzie Lee, Ira Vannut
Cup of China: Haruka Imai, Eliza Tuktamisheva, Christina Gao
NHK: Joshi Helgesson, Sonia LaFuente, Polina Shelepin , Agnes Zawadski, Sofia Biryukova
TEB: Amelie LaCoste, Mirai Nagasu
Cup of Russia: Jenna McCorkell, Elena Glebova, Valentina Marchei, Bingwa Geng, Juulia Turkkila, Risa Shoji
So, final line-ups
Skate America: Alissa Czisny, Christina Gao, Ashley Wagner, Alena Leonova, Elena Gedevanishvili, Kiira Korpi, Haruka Imai, Zijun Li, Akiko Suzuki, Mae Berenice Meite, Laura Lepisto, Min-Jeong Kwak
Skate Canada: Cynthia Phaneuf, Amelie LaCoste, Myriane Samson, Carolina Kostner, Mao Asada, Cynthia Phaneuf, Rachael Flatt, Polina Shelepen, Eliza Tuktamisheva, Adelina Sotnikova, Cheltzie Lee, Ira Vannut
Cup of China: Yan Liu, Bingwa Jeng, Qiuying Zhu, Miki Ando, Ksenia Marakova, Sarah Hecken, Kanako Murakami, Valentina Marchei, Agnes Zawadski, Haruka Imai, Eliza Tuktamisheva, Christina Gao
NHK: Miki Ando, Mao Asada, Yuki Nishino, Elene Gedevanishvili, Cynthia Phaneuf, Viktoria Helgesson, Mirai Nagasu, Vanessa Lam, Joshi Helgesson, Sonia LaFuente, Polina Shelepin , Agnes Zawadski, Sofia Biryukova
TEB: Mae Berenice Meite, Lena Marrocco, Yretha Silete, Carolina Kostner, Alissa Czisny, Kiira Korpi, Rachel Flatt, Akiko Suzuki, Yasmin Siraj, Amelie LaCoste, Mirai Nagasu
Cup of Russia: Alena Leonova, Ksenia Marakova, Adelina Sotnikova, Sarah Hecken, Kanako Murakami, Laura Lepisto, Jenna McCorkell, Elena Glebova, Valentina Marchei, Bingwa Geng, Juulia Turkkila, Risa Shoji
Are the Russian juniors moving up to seniors for the GP? I'm not sure if they made a decision on that yet.
On another thread (Ando vs Leonova) I read that Pissev is sending Adelina and Liza to senior GP's for next season.
Originally Posted by miki88