It is too bad that the "old system" is still very evident in the COP. And with Skate Canada focusing so much on Cynthia at Nationals and having to do a skate off at 4CC, did it send a message to skaters that all I have to do is get to her "standards". Chartrand had higher TES scores at nationals than anyone, but had poor PCS. Guess she wasn't one of the judges favourites. Realistically, was there any chance of Osmond beating Lacoste or Phaneuf in the long Program? Judges had no choice in the short program. Skate Canada put out a brief video of "SKaters to watch at Nationals". Guess who they were. Exactly the same as the top 5 finish. It is very difficult for some skaters to go to a competition knowing that no matter how they perform, judges have the ability to "prop" up a more "established" person. Where is the fairness in that.
You're right. There is no fairness at all in that.
BTW, the ISU has updated the World Rankings, removing 2009-2010 data and reducing 2010-2011 data to 70% of its original value.
1 KOSTNER Carolina
2 SUZUKI Akiko
3 LEONOVA Alena
4 CZISNY Alissa
5 KORPI Kiira
6 MURAKAMI Kanako
7 HELGESSON Viktoria
8 ASADA Mao
9 SOTNIKOVA Adelina
10 GEDEVANISHVILI Elene
11 MAKAROVA Ksenia
12 WAGNER Ashley
13 NAGASU Mirai
14 TUKTAMISHEVA Elizaveta
15 MEITE Mae Berenice
16 MARCHEI Valentina
17 HELGESSON Joshi
18 IMAI Haruka
19 ZAWADZKI Agnes
20 LI Zijun
21 LACOSTE Amelie
22 ANDO Miki
23 SHELEPEN Polina
24 HECKEN Sarah
25 PHANEUF Cynthia
26 ZHANG Caroline
27 LAFUENTE Sonia
28 LIINAMAE Gerli
28 NISHINO Yuki
30 KOROBEYNIKOVA Polina
67 SAMSON Myriane
74 NAJARRO Alexandra
82 OSMOND Kaetlyn
96 CHARBONNEAU Kate
151 PURICH Natasha
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The criteria for GP invitations:
A. TOP 12 at Worlds 2012
Worlds 1-6: 2 or 3 guaranteed invitations
Dance: V/M, W/P
Worlds 6-12: 2 guaranteed invitations
Men: Reynolds (12th)
Pairs: Dube/Wolfe (12th)
B. Top 24 on World Ranking list (other than Worlds top 12)
Guaranteed at least one GP invitation:
Men: none. Rogozine #33, Firus #53
Ladies: Amelie Lacoste #21
Pairs: Lawrence/Sweigers #13, Moore-Towers/Moscovitz #14
Dance: Ralph/Hill #21, Orford/Williams #22
C. Top 24 on Seasons Best list (other than Worlds top 12 and WR top 24):
Guaranteed at least one GP invitation
Men: None. Rogozine is #29, Firus #41
Ladies: None. Phaneuf is #39, Osmond #41
Pairs: None. Bobak/Beharry were #23 but they split
D. Medaled at JGPF or JW:
Guaranteed at least one GP invitation:
Pairs: Bobak/Beharry 2nd at JGPF, but they split
Canada should have good representation in Dance and Pairs.
In Men, only Chan and Reynolds are guaranteed two GPs each (Chan could do 3).
In ladies, Lacoste is guaranteed at least one.
Oh my god's, I wonder how Skate Canada will choose between Alexandra Najarro, Cynthia Phaneuf, Adrianna De Sanctis, Amélie Lacoste and Kaetlyn Osmond. For the 3 spot at Skate Canada international Grand Prix :S
I don't think that Lacoste deserve a second spot of Grand Prix even if she has the best world ranking for Canada.
For Skate Canada, I would pick Phaneuf, Najarro and Osmond. Alexandra and Kaetlyn merits to gain international experience and Cynthia need to rebuilt herself internationaly.
Personally , I am wary of picking Najarro. Yes she has skated well at Canadians. But she already has 4 seasons worth of the JGP ( plus a JW where she failed to qualify for the FS ) . She has never done that well at any of her assignments. In fact her best season was her first one when she just came out of novice and wasn't trying anything harder than triple toe and salchow.
Charbonneau, while inconsistent at least tends to skate better internationally than Najarro.
Often SC uses Nebelhorn as a skate off for a Skate Canada slot. Even if SC decides to send other ladies to other events (rare ) the Nebelhorn bound ladies will be higher on the totem pole than the ladies sent to other senior B's.
I just hope someone surprises over the summer.
Chartrand just skated at Scarboro Skate and did a long with two 3L's (90.05) and it's early in the season. That gives me an inkling of hope.
Wow, so Amelie will get an invite to one GP and the only other slot is SCI where they can send three. And again only one spot at Worlds to determine Olympic spots. In Junior, we have 6 slots plus 2 at Junior Worlds. How many do we send to 4CC? Well what to do. Do you keep Osmond Junior to try and improve on the 6 slots and continue her development, or one slot at SCI? Personally, with all things staying the same, I would send Amelie to her invite GP, and then send Phaneuf, Desanctis, and Charbonneau (or Samson). In Junior, Osmond, Daleman, Chartrand, Sequin, Jurome. But I wouldn't consider any one of these without a "meaningful" summer competition. Skate Canada has to really look at the prospect that Lacoste, Phaneuf, Desanctis, Samson, and others are essentially done after this Olympic cycle, which unless someone really steps up this year, is a complete bust.
As for Chartrand, good news with the 3L's. Basically same score as Nationals (89.32). She has shown the technical, just needs the components.
I think Canada will have to use the B events. Get Joannie Rochette back into shape; she surely is still top ten material. If she hasn't lost her speed and power and can get most of her jumps back she will be better than any other Canadian lady. Use the B events for up an coming skaters but Canada needs to regain 2 spots and unless a miracle happens Lacoste, Phaneuf, Chartrand and Osmond aren't ready or there yet. They then need Rochette to earn two spots at next year world's for 2014. Hope Joannie and whoever go to the Olympics and then allow an up and coming skater to go to world's 2014 along with the top Olympic skater.
Rochette has yet to commit to returning to competition for the 2012-2013 season. If that is her intention, she would need to start rigorous training very soon, in order to avoid injury from attempting too much in too short a time. If she continues to do show skating this summer, then she isn't planning on returning soon enough to try to get another Olympic slot.
But then again, if she is intending to return for the Olympic season, there is no doubt that she would qualify over the other ladies for that one spot. So I'm not sure there is that much incentive for her to return for this season.
As for how to fix the Ladies: it needs to start early when the girls are young, provide lots of development opportunities, steal some elite singles experts with lots of success over many years, build mental toughness and strength through the years, and fix the horrible lack of funding. Paradoxically, there are more single ladies in the sport than any of the other disciplines, and yet it is the discipline that has the lowest results. At Sectionals, there are maybe 50 ladies at Pre-Novice competing for 4 spots at Challenge. By Senior, you might be lucky to have 10 ladies at Sectionals. We need to identify those with talent, desire and drive, and then support them and their families with development opportunites, meaningful training, and funding.
"We need to identify those with talent, desire and drive, and then support them and their families with development opportunites, meaningful training, and funding. "
That seems to be what the Russians are doing. During the CBC braodcast of Junior World's there was a segment on "Canada's Sweetheart". Tracey Wilson came out and said the the Canadian way of doing things will not allow this. Canadian coaches and Skate Canada are not prepared to go that direction and say that certain skaters are the ones they are going to invest in. Perhaps if coaches were paid a salary from Skate Canada instead of billing the skaters, there might be a difference of opinion. Russia has brought all the top young ladies to the same training area to be pushed by each other to advance their program. Do we realistically think that Skate Canada will do that? Who will be the coaches?
Last edited by callalily; 05-01-2012 at 10:22 PM.