Quote Originally Posted by mousepotato View Post
You make it sound like they are paid employees of the ISU; they don't have to go to any competition, they are not obligated by any means. They can give any reason to miss it they want or no reason at all.
Golden411 basically explained this while I was typing my post, but the brief version is that the ISU is the governing body for skating, and you either play by their rules or you don't play at all. V/T are certainly allowed to miss the WTT - but they are not allowed to skate in shows between April 2nd and April 23rd. As you can see, the WTT announcement is very clear on this.

Frankly, if V/M and D/W and Patrick Chan and presumably most of the other medalists can all head out to Japan, I fail to say why V/T are so special that they should get a pass.