Rachael has made GPF once. Mirai has not.
Rachael has four silver GP medals (COR 2008, SA 2009, 2010, NHK 2010) to Mirai's two silver (TEB 2010, COC 2011)
Rachael has beat Mirai in 3/4 Senior National competitions (2008 being the one where Mirai beat Rachael. Though one could argue that she should have won in 2010).
Mirai has beat Rachael in major international competition however:
2011 4CC (Mirai bronze, Rachael 4th)
2010 Worlds (Mirai, 7th, Rachael 9th)
2010 Olympics (Mirai 4th, Rachael 7th)
Mirai has a lot of potential, but she has yet to really capitalize on it. I think they chose to spread the wealth rather than give Mirai a second event.
Rachael had a really bad season last fall, but otherwise, she has proven to be a tough competitor. I could see why USFS would want to give her a chance.
Still hoping for a miracle that Yan will get the last COC host pick, although this hope is probably equating to waiting for the Sun to rise from the west.
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Anyways as much as I would like to see Farris and Brown on the senior GP, I'm sure they have a strategy with their coaches and their decisions were well thought out. If none of the other guys step it up, those two can kick butt at Nationals and be sent to senior Worlds regardless of staying on the JGP in the fall. If it doesn't happen? Then off to Junior Worlds they go. It's actually a pretty logical decision IMO. I mean Josh could maybe even win medals on the GP, but I doubt he'd make the GPF, and he could have only ended up with 1 assignment, so this way it's safer.
Armin had a terrible GP season and Ricky's was ok, but Ricky has a high WS from the season before when he won the JGPF and was 9th at Worlds, so he had 1 guarantee while Armin had none, so Armin really only did better at Nationals, and that isn't really considered for GP selection, so that's why he is out of luck in regards to the GP this season. As for Ricky, he likely would have only gotten 1 assignment if any of Farris, Brown, or Yan had moved up as they all had 1 assignment guaranteed each and probably a good shot at getting 2, but they are all doing JGP again, so that opened spots up so he was able to get a 2nd.
Ice Network has Johnny's new (married) name as Weir-Voronov but the ISU still has him listed as Johnny Weir. Who's right? Then again, even IN still has his bio listed under Weir.
His official Twitter URL does not include Voronov. http://twitter.com/#!/JohnnyGWeir
But soon after his marriage, he changed his Twitter "profile" name to Johnny Weir-Voronov.
His Twitter feed has a link to his website, and its URL does not include Voronov. The name at the top of the home page for his website also remains Johnny Weir.
The USFSA press release re GP assignments uses Weir-Voronov ...
There IS a reasonable explanation why Takahashi #2/ Hanyu #3 are at NHK and Joubert #4 / Amodio #5 are at TEB: HOST PICK is the very first step in the selection process.
In the host pick selection, Japan chose their two top men, and France chose their two top men. It is not against the rules (and it has happened in the past).
At Junior Worlds, China could rely on both He Zhang and Boyang Jin (already has the triple Axel and the quad in his arsenal) to secure maximum JGP assignments. Plus, China never fully used their men's JGP slots since they usually just send skaters to the 4 JGPs that have pair skating. What's the point of securing maximum JGP slots if they will go wasted?
IMHO, it's in the Chinese Federation's best interest to help both Yan and Song secure 2 GP assignments (COC host pick + another assignment) and see how they fare in the fall before deciding who gets go to Worlds. It's very possible that a decision still can't be made, but the Federation can look at their performances at the nationals and 4CC before making the final call. It's more fair this way as Yan will get the Senior experience he needs and China won't be relying just on Song.
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I'm glad Gracie and Caroline both got 2 events. I don't think Mirai should have gotten 2 events over Christina or Rachael's host pick. Mirai has had a number of chances and always seems to fall short.. She's someone who needs a few wake-up calls here and there, and having just one GP event won't hurt her much if she can bring it at Nationals (plus she's highly regarded by USFSA anyway). I haven't lost hope in Christina Gao either - she has grown a lot over the past few seasons and had an injury last summer that hurt her all season, but I'm hoping she'll finally settle in next season..
Excited to see how the Russian trio of Adelina, Liza, and Julia do next season. Glad that Polina K and Polina S have moved up to seniors as well. I love Polina K and hope she gets the last TBA in Rostelecom Cup! Another question: who is China saving their TBA for? Considering the fact that Li Zijun has been one of the top Chinese ladies for the past few seasons, why does she only have one event and not even a host pick? Kexin Zhang already has two events.. hope to see Li Zijun in CoC!