2012-13 Grand Prix Speculation
This came up in another thread and I am interested so I thought I'd give it it's own topic.
Other than Ashley, who is guaranteed 2 spots next year due to her finish at Worlds, what American women do you think will be given GP spots and how many?
Russia is similar- Alena is guaranteed 2. Is Ksenia as well, actually? Who else will be given slots among the strong ladies field?
I expect Alissa, Gracie, Agnes, and maybe Zhang will get 2 spots in addition to Ashley. I think Rachael, Mirai, and Christina G. will all probably receive only 1.
As for Russia- I'll leave this to someone who knows more than me. I do expect Tuk, Sot, and Julia L to all get 2. Polina K 1 or 2. Shelepin maybe 1?
Skaters aren't assigned to the GP events by their federations any more. They are given invitations based on the placements at Worlds, their ISU ranking points, and on the basis of the "season's best scores" list.
1. Seeded skaters (placing 1 - 6 at Worlds) will get two invitations, and can choose to skate in three events, but must notify the ISU of their intention to do so at the time of the drawing for assignments.
2. Skaters who finish 7th to 12th at Worlds will be given two invitations.
3. Skaters who are 1 - 24 on the ISU Ranking list and skaters who are in the top 24 list of the season's best scores list who don't qualify for invitations based on 1 and 2 above, are guaranteed one invitation.
4. Medalists from Jr. Worlds and the JGP Final will also get one invitation if they are planning to skate senior.
All you need do to determine whether or not a skater qualifies for a GP invitation or multiple invitations is to look at where they fit in the criteria noted above.
And then there are the host's picks to be granted by the hosting federations, giving some skaters one sole or an additional entry they otherwise would not qualify for.
Thank you for this clarification. This was actually very helpful to me.
Originally Posted by Dragonlady
The problem these days is that the number of entries for singles skaters has been reduced to 10 and the host federation gets three of those spots for its own skaters, leaving 7 spots for other nations' invitees. If the seeds all opt to enter three events (unlikely but possible), that will leave 4 spots only for groups outlined in points 2, 3 and 4 of my previous post, making it that much harder for skaters who aren't from the Big 6 Skating Federations, to crack the elite levels of the sport.
Pairs and Ice-dance only have 8 entries per event and the same rules apply for invitations so they could have as few as 2 spots in each event for skaters in groups 2, 3 and 4.
From Russia not including host pick:
Leonova is guaranteed 2, can take 3 if she wants
Makarova is guaranteed 2
Sotnikova, Liza T, Julia L, Shelepen, Biryukova, and Polina K are all guaranteed 1
Gachinski guaranteed 1
Plushenko guaranteed 1
Tuktemsheva is also guaranteed one spot.
Each federation HAS to pick in each discipline:
Three host pick skaters
One from seeded skaters 1-3
One from seeded skaters 4-6
Two from skaters 7-12 at Worlds
Three from among the other 'guarantees'
Top 24 WR and SB
Top 24 SB (and/or JGPF / JW)
SOTNIKOVA 3 JW
LIPNITSKAYA 1 JW, 1 JGPF
KOROBEYNIKOVA 3 JGPF
SHELEPEN 2 JGPF
GOLD 2 JW
top 24 WR only
Seems to me that with the ladies, there are more 'guarantees' than slots.
this looks good
Originally Posted by chuckm
thanks for the info on the available slots per skater
So if a skater doesn't fit into category 1 or 2 how do we determine which of the skaters who are guaranteed 1 spot will get 2???
Originally Posted by Dragonlady
It depends on space and invitations, and the number of other skaters in the same discipline representing the same country being invited to the same event. I think odds are better for skaters who have 1 invite guaranteed in more than one way to get 2 assignments though. For example, if Josh Farris moves up, he might get 2 assignments ahead of Ricky Dornbush, because his SB, medal at JGPF, and medal at JW all guaranteed him 1 event, while Ricky is guaranteed 1 event ONLY due to his WR, which he barely makes the cut for at number 23 anyways. Idk. I would hope they both get 2 assignments but for the men especially space seems so tight. The same would be true of Adelina versus Sofia Biryukova, both only guaranteed 1, but Adelina by more criteria than the one for Sofia (SB).
Originally Posted by DobrinFan