How Would You Pick Your Olympic Team Event Lineup?
I was just thinking about how difficult it might be to (fairly) pick a line-up for the team event. If it were up to me, here is how I would pick the teams:
SP: Winner of the SP at Nationals is GUARANTEED a spot. Second spot picked on basis of SP results throughout season.
LP: Winner of the LP gets a spot. Second spot picked based on LP results of season.
Pairs and Dance:
Top two teams from Nationals get picked, one skates SP one skates LP at USFSA's discretion.
Would you use different criteria?
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well if I could pick anybody , My dream olympic team would be
I know that wasn't what you ment but I coiuldn't help myself
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I don't think there is a second spot. Just one lady and one man, right? And it has to be someone who is already there competing individually, IIRC.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
SkateFiguring took the violet pill
ISU wants to work the same skaters to the ground.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Actually it would be very interesting to have a team event excluding the individual competitors. That would definitely favor nations with deep fields. Allowing retired skaters to compete in Team without participating in other competitions would make it even more interesting.
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I think it was the IOC that insisted on the format, to make sure that this would be a legitimate Olympic event and not a side show. IIRC the ISU originally proposed a looser structure, but the IOC imposed the requirement that only skaters already qualified for individual competition could contest the team event.
Countries with deep fields will still have an advantage, though. If a country has two ladies of about equal strength, for instance, they can switch up between the SP and the LP. Up to two such substitutions are allowed. Most likely only the usual suspects -- Japan, Canada, Russia, and USA -- will have the depth and breadth to contend anyway.
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