As I've said, I 'm absolutely incensed at the ISU's paring down of the GP. It's hard on skaters from many countries, notably the US, Russia, and Canada, who all are deep in talent right now. And each of the federations has to find it's own way of dealing with it... I don't like what I'm seeing of SC's method , because it's not maximizing the oportunities for all that talent.
I have to take exception to Dragonlady's post , on behalf of myself and others. As far as I can see, looking back on this thread, not one poster on these boards has vilified G/P. Many felt they were overmarked at Canadians ,in both dances, and somewhat more than "somewhat ". ..But we know they don't mark themselves.
People do want to "wait and see" how they do internationally , that's the point. Some ( like me ) object to the fact that apparently , SC is not waiting to see, but making sure to guarantee them 2 slots , arguably, at the expense of other couples....But we know they don't set their own assignments.
I disagree that three years ago P/I enjoyed " huge " buzz.. Overwhelmingly , the buzz was about C/P and their Chris Dean choreography. There certainly had been some buzz or anticipation about P/I, since they had come out of nowhere to take silver at Jr.worlds , but it wasn't really anything out of the ordinary.
And I don't agree that they were " pushed " ahead of R/H... At that time , R/H had not made the great improvement that we saw in this last year, and they were saddled with a juvenile and really badly costumed SD, while P/I had two mature, sophisticated programs... Both couples had 2 GP assignments , and P/I managed to take 3rd at Canadians with R/H 4th ... I didn't think those results were questionable... I was also OK with the 4th , 5th, 6th placements at Nats.this year, which had R/H ahead of P/I , followed by O/W . ( Interesting to note that in the FD, that order was reversed..O/W ,P/I , R/H )..Those 3 couples could be neck and neck for a while , and I didn't see anything at Nats. to make me consider G/P as much removed from the pack. Now, with C/S coming into the mix as well, it's way too soon to be giving G/P a clear preference.