The argument has been that the USFS should use the Results of their Nationals. It is the fairest way for all skaters to have a chance at skating in a Worlds competition. The USFS doesn't mull over who would make up the best team - just the fairest team.
The best male skaters we had are/were Rippon and Abbott. They didn't make the USFS cut because of faulty skating at Nationals. A semi retired skater won the Nationals followed by two young inexperienced senior skaters. The three earned the honor based on the one competion takes the prize. No need to look into past results.
The USFS is now down to One spot for the next Worlds.
The results at Worlds shows that only one young inexperienced man earned a spot in the top 10 at place no. 8. The question is could Rippon or Abbott have placed 5th for keeping 3 spots?
We also have a young man who did not place 10th which would have given the USFS Two spots.
What if Armin wins next year's Nationals? and he could, he is an up and coming skater. Does that mean he is the best skater? That would leave out Jeremy, Adam, Richard and Ross to be considered for the Team.
Should the USFS look into changing the regulation that the best choice is not necessarily the fairest choice? If your answer is yes, what would be the best method for sending their best skater? Other Feds do not rely on one competition.