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    Initial reactions:

    --In men, no Lysacek OR Plushenko. Plush promised at Euros he'd do the full Grand Prix season this year; makes me wonder if recovery from his surgery is not going well. Still hope to see him at Rostelecom. :-( As to Lysacek, WHAT is going on with him? So far his "comeback" seems for publicity purposes only.

    --So glad Johnny Weir got two assignments. I'm eager to see how 2 years off, maturity, and marriage will affect him as a skater and competitor.

    --Very glad that Ross Miner got two assignments. This could be his year to break out and challenge for the national title. I'm not expecting much out of Abbott or Rippon after the disappointments at Worlds and WTT.

    --Glad that Oda still got some assignments. Hope he can come back from his semi-disastrous season last year. Ditto for Kozuka.

    --In ladies, I'm pleased with the U.S. assignments. They seem fair. Would have preferred not to see Flatt at Skate America. Why not give that opportunity to a more up-and-coming skater, like Ashley Cain (if she's senior-eligible) or Nina Jiang?

    --So, Lipnitskaya is competing the senior Grand Prix! Should be very interesting!

    --Miki Ando's on the list. Will she actually compete?

    --Korpi and Kostner apparently planning to continue--I thought one or both might consider retirement, although for different reasons.

    --Good draw for Wagner. Being the U.S. star at Skate America will boost her confidence, and then she'll have a nice break before Paris 4 weeks later.

    --In pairs, can't wait to see the new team of Yankowskas/Coughlin. I hope they have strong showings this summer and get the TBA slot for Skate America. Also excited to see Donlan/Speroff at Skate America. Glad that Marley/Brubaker got 2 slots.

    --I'm disappointed the new Chinese team of Peng/Zhang got 2 slots, while Yu/Jin got 0. Yu/Jin did pretty well last year, and they need more senior-level exposure to develop and improve. Looks like Pang/Tong are planning a full season; smart move if they plan to stay in for Sochi.

    --Interesting that Gerboldt/Enbert got a slot despite lack of results the last few years.

    --In dance, not too many surprises. This will be Maia & Alex's second year doing the 2 Asian Grand Prixs. A part of me wonders if this is a good idea. Last year they lost ground to the top European teams; I wonder if they wouldn't benefit from getting more exposure in Europe generally and with European judges, officials, etc. Yes, I know judges and officials travel all over, just like the skaters, but still . . . . I could be all wrong about this, though.

    --Interested to see Sinitsina/Zhiganshin. I'm not a fan of the current Russian teams, so am interested in seeing new contenders.

    --No slot for Samuleson/Gilles. Will this partnership last?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post
    No slot for Samuleson/Gilles. Will this partnership last?
    I think that the TBA slot is being held for either them, C/M or the new team of Olson/Hubbell and will be decided after the summer competition at Lake Placid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post

    --In dance, not too many surprises. This will be Maia & Alex's second year doing the 2 Asian Grand Prixs. A part of me wonders if this is a good idea. Last year they lost ground to the top European teams; I wonder if they wouldn't benefit from getting more exposure in Europe generally and with European judges, officials, etc. Yes, I know judges and officials travel all over, just like the skaters, but still . . . . I could be all wrong about this, though.
    They're doing Rostelecom Cup. So it's not an all Asian GP series. Not surprised about the NHK invite -- this is their third year in a row doing that event! They had a decent draw -- they have a good chance at silver at both events. Their biggest competition will be I/K at both events. They will face V/M in Russia and D/W in Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue View Post
    Presumably, the rules were either changed or broken for NHK and TEB to get the seeded skaters arranged the way they were. I'm more interested that NHK WANTED Hanyu and Takahashi together, though. TEB makes sense - two stars might help fill the venue, whereas NHK has enough audience appeal with Suzuki, Asada, T/T and Takahashi or Hanyu, imo.
    I told you people that His Majesty Television willl have the final word and all three major J-stars will be at NHK. Pretty much the same can be said about TEB. FS ia having not its best financial times. So blindly following the rules became the luxury that this sport cannot afford anymore.

    Plush said before going to Kislovodsk that he has no plans at all about the coming season. They didn't discussed it even with Mishin yet. I assume RFSF didn't dare to put him on the list without his final agreement since now he is the only hope in Men's field for Russia to get more spots in Sochi after Gachi's fiasco in Nice.

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    For dance, I will be interested to see how Gilles/Poirier vs. Capellini/Lanotte do at both Skate Canada and TEB. In terms of Weaver/Poje - they have interesting match-ups and we will see how they perform the Yankee Polka...well it seems that the politicking has started....

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    Pretty good events for Jeremy; No Chan and no Daisuke.

    Excited to see what happens with Johnny's comeback.

    I want to go to Paris!

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    Since this year's NHK trophy is in Sendai, the JSF could have some commitments. It's quite apparent they had planned to use this occasion to "encourage" tsunami stricken people in Tohoku region. Hanyu is indispensable as the local star. But putting Takahashi aside for the sake of Hanyu is a little problematic. Doing so could give the impression that the JSF is ready to favor Hanyu over Takahashi. They are still reluctant to embrace the idea after Takahashi's "win" over Patrick Chan. The best case is to assign both of them to NHK trophy. I think ticket sales and TV ratings were not the major concerns this time.

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    How the hell did Flatt get Skate America over Gracie?

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    Well, well.

    First, I'm glad Gold picked up 2 assignments. This will be a full senior season for her and it will be a great building block for her future. Zawadzki picks up 2 (surprisingly- thought she'd be down to 1), and Wagner gets 2, including SA. Czisny down to 1 (NHK) as expected.

    OTOH, I'm disappointed Nagasu only got one- and Flatt & Gao get SA?? Come on man...what a waste!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    How the hell did Flatt get Skate America over Gracie?
    Gold already has 2 (other) events, so no problem there.

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    Wasn't there a rule that would not let Lipnitskaya go to senior grand prix? I'm assuming nothing ever came of it. Does anyone know details?

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    I don't know what's going on with these GP assignments!

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    Shouldn't Skate America resent the best the US has to offer? Okay i can see not having all your best skaters compete against each other but they wasted their picks with Gao and Flatt. At least pick Agnes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    How the hell did Flatt get Skate America over Gracie?
    Gracie got two GP invites w/o needing the host pick, which speaks well of her! Obviously she made a great impression at WTT. While it would have been more comfortable for her to start at "home" so to speak, I think it's good she got the events she got. Also from a geography standpoint, Detroit (Windsor's is just across the river) is a lot closer to her training base (Chicago) than Seattle!

    While Rachael is not popular on these boards, she is still well-regarded within the federation and among the general public, so it does not surprise me at all she got the host pick. She already got docked anyway by not getting any invites outside the host pick.

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    No surprize there. Czisny's down to one assignment.

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