I am disappointed that Kozuka will not be here. It's not just because he's one of the best, but also because he needs another international competition this season since he missed out on the GPF. He did not start out of the gate blazing this season, as few did, but combination of factors have also undermined his competition results. It's like he's put in cold storage after the breakthrough at last Worlds, by his federation and by fans, and is deprived of at least this opportunity to better his progress and his cred. Maybe he will turn it into an advantage and be better prepared for Worlds. Life and skating competitions can be unpredictable and downright strange.
and the last Four continents, seats will not be a problem. Here is alittle story. Last 4 Conts at COS in 2007 after Nats in my home town, I decided to go. I called one week before the competition and got front row seats.
Only I had to change seats every competition....big deal....At nats this year, you could have sat about anywhere you liked for all but two competitions.....for ladies long, you might have had to sit four to eight rows back.
I checked the Omaha website after a "flurry" of ticket buying at this years Nats....pleanty of front row seats still available....will the other fan who goes to competitions please turn out the lights afterwords? Thanks....
Chris the Mole
Edit: I think they went with 1st, 3rd, and 4th here and opted for Murakami over Suzuki deeming that Suzuki did well enough in the Grand Prix season (silver at the finals) to have enough of a reputation going into World's, whereas Murakami underperformed in the GP and could use a reputation boost. But, it peeves me that they didn't send Kozuka on the same logic, and went for 2 relative unknowns. (Especially mad at JSF because I have tickets and was looking forward to seeing Kozuka and Hanyu, expecting to see at least one of them.)
Last edited by SerpentineSteps; 02-03-2012 at 10:25 AM.
I can guess some reasons behind the JSF's decision. First of all, they have given "favors" to the US. Sending any of Suzuki, Kozuka, Hanyu will reduce the chances for the host country to win 4cc medals. Especially for Suzuki, they really don't want to treat her as the "favorite." If Suzuki wins the 4cc title or a world medal, they would have to treat Suzuki as a serious candidate for Sochi Olympics, which is something they want to avoid. Because if it happens, Murakami's olympic chance will be jeopodized. Given the possibility Miahara will surpass Murakami in 2 years. And always, their #1 favorite lady is Asada. They don't want Suzuki to beat Asada at worlds. Only for this season, Suzuki is NEEDED as a number player to secure 3 spots.
Last edited by NMURA; 02-03-2012 at 11:05 AM.
Strange about Alissa. I wonder about the reason.
Jeremy is out ---- ( On reading, that could be taken a couple of different ways. )
Apparently he has a hip injury. Richard will replace him. The story is on IceNetwork.
I hope his injury is not to serious. Get well soon Jeremy.
I feel bad for Armin but wish Ricky the best of luck.
Last edited by demarinis5; 02-03-2012 at 08:26 PM.