I see no where in this thread that Retired skaters will apply. I wish the Retired skaters would form a special annual competition for themselves and only for themselves.
Apparently this Hamilton inspired competition is for a select group of skaters in each of the four disciplines, so naming your favorite retirees may not be that 'slective'.
in fact we really do not know all that much about this competition. Are the international organizers agree to this?
Will the organizers in Asia and Europe have the mid summer venue ready for their dates? Will there be TV coverage in the selected venue?
How will the 'selective' skaters and judges be informed, and who are they?
The logistics, as I see it, are overwhelming, and the competitions would never be ready this year. Most important, will the ISU approve?
I completely agree, skfan!
I wouldn't want to be the lowly worker who has to contact Torvill and Dean and say, "Sorry, you don't fulfill the requirements to skate in our program." I wouldn't want to be the one to tell the audience that T & D weren't allowed into the competition, either!
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They plan to start in 2012. The ISU Council has already approved the prospectus "in principle," with no doubt many details still to work out. The scoring system will be a "modified" CoP, with the ISU supplying the tech specialists and judges.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
The people behind this are Rob Dustin and Bobby Goldwater. Dustin is a former producer and sports entrepreneur at Icenetwork and Universal Sports. He produced segmnents of the CBS Olympic coverage in 1992, 1994, and 1998, and is credited with coming up with innovative ways to draw in the TV audience, such as mounting a camera on the front of a bobsled.
He produced the three Skating with Celebrities shows and a bunch of documentary-type skating features such as the "My Sergei" tribute to Sergei Grinkov, as well as events like Ice Wars in the 1990s. His company is Red Brick Entertainments.
Bobby Goldwater (The Goldwater Group sports and entertainment) has a long and impressive career in venue management and sports productions. He was part of the management team at Madison Square Garden for 24 years before becoming Senior Vice President of Staples center. He formed a coalition to bring baseball back to Washington DC in 2004.
This new company (note that Scott Hamilt0n is the "Creative Executive Officer", not the CEO) is an LLC (Limited Liability Company). This status allows investors and sponsors to buy in without assuming personal liability for the company's losses. I would expect that they have already done quite a bit of preparatory legwork on this project before making this announcement.
My only concern is that the project is geared more towards an entertainment exrravaganza that an actual competitive sporting event. For the cast, I am sure that they will just go down the list of who's available and select the skaters that they feel will be the biggest draws.
I hope they can get Lysacek, Weir, and Lambiel, and Arakawa for the ladies.