We all know Gracie can beat Sotnikova. She did at Jr Worlds and also beat her in the SP at the WTT. Only reason she finished behind Sotnikova overall was a subpar LP for Gracie but she knows she can beat her.
Trust me: Skate Canada is NOT going to name a US skater as a host pick over a Canadian lady. NOT going to happen.
Mirai will be #1 on the substitute list, so chances are good that she will get a second event. Last season, there were only 3 ladies' withdrawals, but in 2010, there were 10.
Thanks Sylvia for posting this video. I just think USFS has been unfair to Armin throughout and it must be hard for him and his family. I have watched Armin and followed him since he was a little boy. I believe in him and think he has SO much to contribute to the sport. He finally found the right team and place to train and its showing in his practice as people who see him describing so am just keeping fingers cross that he won’t give up.
How did Jorik Hendrickx get that assignment? He’s not in the top 24 on the SB list.
So van der Perren really retired? I miss him…
Hendrickx is 27th on WR and 28th on SB. My guess is he "inherited" a spot from KVDP, or at least TEB sees it that way.
just wondering, if a non-American ladies competitor pulls out of SA (with 3 American ladies already), does the spot go to Mirai (top of substitution list) or too the next non-American skater on the list?
Jorik was 9th at Europeans, and couldn't go to Worlds because Belgium had only one spot this year.
Perhaps he got some love from TEB due to the fact that Kevin got the Worlds opportunity and not Jorik?
I cant help but feel for the skaters from less influential federations who had respectable showings at the year-end championships who received no assignments--
Elena Glebova (EST)- 13th at worlds (10th in the free skate), 11th at Euros, SB 157.77 @Merano Cup
Jenna McCorkell (GBR)- 14th at worlds (12th in the fs), SB 143.84 @Worlds
Misha Ge (UZB)- 19th at worlds, 9th at 4CC, SB 202.84 @Istanbul Cup
Christopher Caluza (PHI)- 21st at worlds, 12th at 4CC, SB 184.10 @Worlds
As for JSF getting Takahashi and Hannyu to compete against each other at NHK, does anyone remember that they did the same with Shizuka and Mao in the 2005/6 season at TEB AND CoC? The fearless and fresh Mao of course came out and nailed everything (3axel, 3flip/3loop etc) and won both. As a die-hard Shizuka fan then (and still is), I remember having very mixed feelings. Shizuka got changed for the medal ceremony looking absolutely gorgeous in Paris though!