I'm working on the one for pairs, but I'll do a new ladies one later.
Last edited by ImaginaryPogue; 05-05-2011 at 10:58 PM.
For some, watching the GPs is high level international competition regardless of early in the season nonsense. For others, it is only an entertainment looking for that "art" that gets emotional for some viewers.
IP did remarkable work on analyzing the possible entrants in this highly competitive series. It in itself is worthy of debate. However, for the SA only, and avoiding loss of revenue, it's easy to see: Czisny, Ashley and Gao. Although Zhang is improving, we can watch her in an earlier comp like Ashton to check her out. I hope she does make an appearance before GP time. We don't know what Flatt plans are. I haven't a clue about Meissner, Gilles, and any Junior skater that might make an appearance in the GPs.
I think you have forgotten about Agnes Zawadzki, who has won two JW medals and finished 4th in one of her GPs last season. She was also 4th at Nationals, right behind Nagasu. With the limited spots available, she may not get two invitations this year, and she deserves a host spot.
Wagner was 6th at Nationals, and her skating tailed off quite a bit this past season, with far too many downgrades due to doublefooting jumps.
With the new rules (extra opprtunities for the top skaters and fewer skaters in all), we can expect three consequences. Three people in each discipline will be deprived of bronze medals, some middle-of-the-pack skaters will not get two assignments, and some up-and-comers won't get any.
I don't expect to see Kim, Ando, nor Kostner during the GP this coming season. I think Kim and Ando will both take the year off and isn't Kostner scheduled to have surgery in the off-season? I seriously don't think she will be ready to compete in the fall, but may can return in time for Europeans.
Last edited by museksk8r; 05-07-2011 at 04:48 PM.
I am a believer in the Sport and not as an Entertainment for a Sunday Afternoon. I may be wrong but the scrutiny of getting to the Finals is paramount, and a fourth place credit is not likely to make it. I am sure France will not put Amodio in their Host GP
and also Joubert unless they are sure the skaters come out gold and silver.
I'm also not aware what the plan is on filling slots for the individual GPs after the direct contestants take place. Will the Invitations still be used in accordance with the ISU listings? There are soo many US skaters who will not get invitations. Where does Zhang stand.
Caroline Zhang is not eligible for the GP because her score is below the minimum, based on 66.6% of the top Seasons Best score. So she can't get any event except a SA host pick. But considering that she was 12th at US Nationals and had 7th and 9th place finishes at the GP last season, I can see no reason why the US should give her one of the host picks spots.
The host spots will be extremely valuable this year, given the smaller fields. One can not assume that those outside the top 12 at Worlds will get two GP invitations. With a possibility of half of the roster going to the top 12 at Worlds, the host picks (especially for singles) should go to those who have the best shot at making the GPF.
Czisny and Flatt are already assured of getting two assignments each, since Czisny is seeded and Flatt finished top 12. Nagasu should get two invitations because of her GP and 4CC medals and her high positions on both ISU ranking (#12) and SBU (#4) lists. The US should pick Czisny as a seed and two other ladies who are not assured of two spots. I'd suggest Gao and Zawadzki as two promising ladies for the future.