I would not want to risk further deteriortation of Skate America just to get Ashley or Jeremy into the GPF.
Show me a benefit to US Skating and I will go along with the GP placement "strategy".
Basically I agree with mathman and trying to avoid competition to make it to a final (that carries little importance) seems unsporting.
People identify with and are emotionally invested in home teams, which represent them and their superiority. They are war substitutes. Instead of doing battles with destructive and lethal weapons, the combats are ritualized and regulated with rules, so people can have a physical and healthy outlet for aggression and competitiveness. Competing and winning vicariously is especially great for fans with few of the attributes of the players.
Like other individual sports, which may include pairs, skating features excellence achieved by dedicated athletes. We celebrate and enjoy their talents and accomplishments as human beings. Even with national pride for our own, we can't help admiring the oppositions when they earn our respect and win our hearts over. Figure skating is a performance art as well, so beautiful to watch, making it much more marketable than track and field where the competition may be over within seconds it takes to run 100m, or to jump over a certain height or distance.
Marketing figure skating competition is different and more complicated than skating as entertainment. As beautiful and "pageantry" as it is, it is also extremely technical, beyond the understanding and appreciation of most fans and general public. Fairness requires complex yet somewhat subjective judgement but perception of fairness must be clear and obvious for the satisfaction of the general audiences. There lies a challenge.
Skate America should feature the best the United States has to offer against the strongest international stars that we can attract. What is the point of having a competition at all if you don’t bring your best?.
Yes, there are also international competitions, like Worlds, etc. But these do not fall within the purview of the USFSA and its marketing team.
Oh, how furiously I bang the keyboard if someone dares to say something mean about Michelle Kwan! Grrr. What satisfaction!
Absolutely. Right after we crush them 266.39 to a paltry 259.40 in the arena, we can sit back and applaud the beauty of their spread eagle into a triple Lutz. (Actually, it was a flutz -- get out of town with that mess!)Like other individual sports, which may include pairs, skating features excellence achieved by dedicated athletes. We celebrate and enjoy their talents and accomplishments as human beings.
Now that the genius Mathman has found a way to market figure skating like football, let's hope ISU listens and follows up with a plan to sell figure skating as a prime time sport it should be!