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    Makarova gets remaining spot on Russian World's team

    EDIT: Or will it be decided after a Makarova test skate instead? (see update at bottom)

    Jackie Wong is reporting in his latest article that Makarova and Shelepen will be engaging in a 'skate-off' this coming weekend for the remaining place on the Russian team for the world championships. Article states:-

    The Figure Skating Federation of Russia announced that they will be holding a trial in St. Petersburg this weekend to determine whether it will be Makarova or Shelepen who will be representing Russia at Worlds.
    Earlier in the week I set up a poll, which can be found here, on which of the two, members thought should go to Worlds.

    So, is it fair to make Makarova and Shelepen participate in a 'skate off'? For example, why do they need see Shelepen again given that they have only just seen her compete at junior Worlds? My understanding is that originally, it was just going to be Makarova engaging in a test skate on the 10th March to determine what kind of form she was in following her recent illness. I still think that is the fairest way of approaching the matter. Shelepen, for instance, is likely to be physically and emotionally exhausted after all her very recent exertions at junior Worlds. Hence, she is likely to be at a disadvantage.

    Note: Since I first posted this, Jackie Wong has updated his article.

    He now says:-

    NOTE: Upon another look at the article from RIA Novoski, it is actually unclear whether or not Polina Shelepen will be skating at the trial this weekend.
    See post 5 below
    Last edited by Mao88; 03-06-2012 at 04:41 PM.

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    i don't really think it's fair. i think the best thing to do is look at their competitive history for this year and determine off that. all of polina's LP scores have been higher than ksenia's and she's only been competing at junior. polina's highest FS score this season at an international competition is 108.03 at junior worlds, where ksenia's is 102.04 at euros. polina's highest SP score is 54.99 at JGPF, ksenia's is 57.55 at euros. the rest of ksenia's international scores for a short program have been about 45 points. IMO she's been too inconsistent this year. polina has had a couple splat fests this year but overall she's much more consistent and reliable than ksenia. plus she has two 3+3's in her long.

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    2 skaters battle head to head in the eyes of a federation commmitee to compete for an elite spot competition ?
    but it is an unfair advantage for Shelepen she will be tired from just competing at junior worlds

    well Go Shelepen

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    I'm rather confused. IIRC, Makarova was going to present her programs to the PTB in Russia. Makarova didn't compete at the Russian Cup because of illness, and that was why her participation at Worlds was in jeopardy. I don't see why Shelepen should have to perform yet again after having done so at JW.

    Maybe Shelepen didn't have a great JW SP, but her FS is miles better than Makarova's horror show, and Polina has both lutz and flip, while Ksenia has never had the lutz and her flip is only about 50% reliable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    I'm rather confused. IIRC, Makarova was going to present her programs to the PTB in Russia. Makarova didn't compete at the Russian Cup because of illness, and that was why her participation at Worlds was in jeopardy. I don't see why Shelepen should have to perform yet again after having done so at JW.

    Maybe Shelepen didn't have a great JW SP, but her FS is miles better than Makarova's horror show, and Polina has both lutz and flip, while Ksenia has never had the lutz and her flip is only about 50% reliable.
    Jackie Wong has updated his article.

    He now says:-

    NOTE: Upon another look at the article from RIA Novoski, it is actually unclear whether or not Polina Shelepen will be skating at the trial this weekend.
    It has to be said that there is an enormous amount of confusion over the Shelepen/Makarova issue. Its very difficult to tell what exactly is going on. It may be the case that Ksenia Makarova is just doing a test skate as planned on the 10th March, and then a decision will be made. Who knows, given all the contradictions so far. Indeed, when this issue first broke, it was reported that a decision had been made that Shelepen would be going in Makarova's place. Then, within 24 hours, it was announced that no decision had been made, and that a decision over whether it would be Shelepen or Makarova would be determined after Junior Worlds.

    I think from now in relation to this issue, we should just take anything that is reported with a pinch of salt. The only certainty seems to be that confusion reigns.
    Last edited by Mao88; 03-06-2012 at 05:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mao88 View Post
    It has to be said that there is an enormous amount of confusion over the Shelepen/Makarova issue. Its very difficult to tell what exactly is going on. It may be the case that Ksenia Makarova is just doing a test skate as planned on the 10th March, and then a decision will be made. Who knows, given all the contradictions so far. Indeed, when this issue first broke, it was reported that a decision had been made that Shelepen would be going in Makarova's place. Then, within 24 hours, it was announced that no decision had been made, and that a decision over whether it would be Shelepen or Makarova would be determined after Junior Worlds.

    I think from now in relation to this issue, we should just take anything that is reported with a pinch of salt. The only certainty seems to be that confusion reigns.
    It has always been my understanding that JW was Polina's test skate. The issue is that they have not seen Makarova skate since January at Euros. They now know what condition Polina is in and wants to see were Makarova stands. Then they will decide who goes. None of the articles I read had ever said that there was to be a skate off.

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