I hope P/B don't go to SC unless Fabian is fully recovered. No reason to do three GPs if he's sick; better to allow himself time to get better so that they can come back strong for the rest of the season.
Also, I'm bored with Meryl's Disney princess dresses. I think it contributes to that juniorish feel you get from them - she needs a more mature look.
I can appreciate that what Meryl & Charlie do is fast and difficult, but their skating leaves me cold!
I find it destracting that Meryl doesn't bend her knees much, it give the impression that Charlie is bobbing up and down, whilst she is staying in the same position!
I feel this is an athlete's program rather than a dance program.
Where is the connection, the dancing, the extended limbs, the elegance, the character, the beautiful dresses?
There should be way more to dance than well executed tricks!
Bring back dance!!!
I don't think that allowing 3 GP's was a good idea at all, particularly when they are limiting each event to only 8 teams. It cuts the number of teams that can participate in the GP.
herios, I don't know. And I can't get the ISU site up today for some reason. I suspect you are correct, and there was a time limit to back out. Do you recall whether Bobrova & Soloviev are doing 2 or 3 events? I know D&W, V&M and the Shibs are not. Only the top 6 teams had the option.
Sorry. That's how it is. That's what Fabian said in the interview.
ETA: The relevant section on skaters doing three events is on page 7 here. I can't figure out what exactly it means, because I can't find the full text of rule 140 (5).
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Weaver/Poje are doing two GP after all?
Bobrova/Soloviev are doing 2,as far as I remember.One must be Cup of Russia...
I've always thought that doing 3 events wasn't going to be that easy.Especially doing back to back events as P/B are scheduled to do.
Bourzat did say that he checked with doping and the meds he is currently taking are okay. Unfortunately he won't have much time to recover having to go to Canada in a few days. There they will meet Virtue & Moir and unlikely to win that event. In Paris they meet Virtue & Moir again instead of say the Shibutani's where they could have a better chance at winning.
Rule 140 (5)Further to point 2.1. a) the skaters/teams who have chosen to skate 3 events, will receive their prize money
in the usual way, paid by each organizer according to their placements. Should a seeded skater/couple not
complete the third event for any reason, the equivalent of 20% of the total prize money, that the
skater/couple has received in the first two events, must be reimbursed to the ISU or will be deducted from
the next possible contribution of the ISU to the Member of the skater/couple concerned. If the reason for
withdrawal from the third event is medical, then for this reason and this alone Rule 140, paragraph 5 shall
5. a) In the case a Skater is withdrawn for injury or illness a Medical
Certificate is required to be submitted to the ISU as provided by ISU
Regulations, Communications or Announcements;
b) The Certificate must be issued on the stationary of a Medical Doctor or
on an ISU withdrawal notification form in case of in-competition
withdrawal and duly signed by the Skater and the Medical Doctor.
If the certificate is not in English a translation signed by the President
or General Secretary of the Member of respective Skater must be
c) In addition, upon request of the Chair of the Sports Directorate, the
Certificate must be received by the ISU within 72 hours after the notice
of withdrawal, and the Member or the Skater must include or attach the
following additional information:
i) the history which clearly indicates the date of injury or date of
onset of illness, the type of injury or illness and severity of
injury or illness as well as the physical findings on
ii) copies of laboratory or radiological reports that were
conducted in the investigation of the injury/illness;
iii) the recommended treatment by the physician including
medications, therapy, advice on training frequency and
intensity, date for follow-up examination (a copy of this
assessment should then be forwarded to the ISU), expected
date of return to full activity, planned further investigations
and/or criteria for return to full activity.
Yeah, I think P/B need to play or they'll pay. The rule Buttercup linked to states "for ANY reason" (emphasis mine).
So, what's the financial hit they'll take?
Three Silvers + bonus = $49,000
Two silvers + bronze + bonus = $45,000
Two silvers - 10% penalty = $23,400
Weaver/Poje still listed for three, btw.
Furthermore, that was a reason cited by Tessa & Scott in an interview for why they did not wish to do 3 GP's: they didn't want to pay the penalty if there were medical problems.