Doing three GPs is beneficial for (top) skaters. They have the better chances of making GPF and earn more prize money. They can also reduce pressure on each events. Quite frankly, they can use the first GP as a warmup, instead of Nebelhorn or Finlandia trophy (on the expense of the ISU and the host federations). I doubt Brezina is sincerly regretting. What he has learned is that it's better to avoid tight schedules. There's no point of designating which events to gain points. The ISU wants more top skaters to appreciate its merits.
Last edited by NMURA; 04-17-2012 at 04:00 PM.
You can't go to 4CC, Euros or Worlds unless you meet the minimum scoring requirements. You can't go to the GP events unless you go to Worlds and make top 24 or get on the top 24 season scores.
Originally Posted by enlight78
Yeah...does seem like a catch 22, doesn't it, especially when there is any depth of field?
Originally Posted by Dragonlady
Bona Fide Member
I think the Grand Prix should be the beginning of the new season, not the end of the old. Last year's world champion -- that's old news. I do not see the necessity of requiring, come hell or high water, that each event must have exactly one form 1-3 and exactly one of 4-6 from last year in each discipline.
Personally, I would rather see Weaver and Poje than more of the same Virtue and Moir and Davis and White, or Caroline Zhang than...well, actually I wouldn't mind more Carolina Kostner.
Originally Posted by Trewyn
Of the 24 eligible to select three GP events
a) Four didn't participate in the GP series (Kim, Ando, Pang/Tong, and technically, Yankowskas/Coughlin)
b) Thirteen chose to do two events.
c) Seven chose three
Of the seven...
a) Only one didn't follow through (Pechalat/Bourzat withdrew from SC due to his bronchitis)
b) Six were from Europe (only Weaver/Poje represented the four continents nations)
c) Five train in Europe (again, only W/P and P/B train in North America)
d) Two were medalists at the 2011 World championships (Savchenko/Szolkowy, Kostner)
e) Three were from non-host nations (Brezina, S/S, Kostner)
Skaters the trained in Europe went for three GPs more but only one went to two European GPs (Brezina did CoR and TEB). Skaters in the lower half were more likely to go than the upper half (with the note that we saw a couple medalists at Nebelhorn and Finlandia last season). If I were projecting, I'd argue that all the skaters (except S/S) had something to prove and/or make up for.
So, who would I guess goes for three this year, Trewyn?
Ladies: Suzuki and Leonova
Pairs: Duhamel/Radford, Bazarova/Larionov
Dance: Ilynikh/Katsalpov, Cappellini/Lanotte
At the rink. Again.
I don't think Suzuki will. She's well into her 20's an should preserve her body.
I think Suzuki wants to do three GPs. But the JSF could ignore her request. I suspect that they don't want Suzuki to strengthen her position in the Japanese team and jeopardize Murakami's Olympic chances. Suzuki was held up in this season only because Ando was absent. If Ando doesn't come back, maybe a different possibility....
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