Is "Medal Winners Open" a test event for Hamilton/ISU the "ICE Championships" ?
I came across in ISU Communication 1727 this event, one day prior to the Japan Open.
October 5, 2012, Saitama JPN
Medal Winners Open
Remark: Invitational only
So I guessed it'll be organized by the same TV-Tokyo as JO, and inquired on phone.
They acknowledged that it was their project and that it will soon be announced on the web.
Also that this would not include eligible skaters but past medalists.
Then can this be a test case plotted by Speedy for the ICE championships?
This pro-am "championships" now states that it will come in spring 2013 while it used to say 2012.
It might be postponed to 2014 ?
How is it going, anyone know ?
Is it the event where skaters skate programs with 3 jumps maximum?
There's zero information about the event from ISU.
The one problem that I am already seeing from the get-go is the predominantly Japanese makeup of the competitors. Since it will take place in Japan, it will be much easier to round up Japanese skaters than talk Russian, European, American, or Canadian skaters into coming.
Originally Posted by sorcerer
Last edited by krenseby; 05-22-2012 at 01:31 PM.
I love all the Japanese skaters, but I do hope this event will be able to include skaters from all over. It wouldn't be as meaningful or as enjoyable with only the skaters from one country (even if those skaters happen to include my two faves, Mao and Daisuke).
Originally Posted by krenseby
Last edited by Olympia; 05-22-2012 at 01:13 PM.
Where did you see the list of competitors? Can you give a link, please?
Originally Posted by krenseby
That was just a speculation on my part. I just assume that for a competition like this it will be easier to attract local skaters than foreign ones.
Originally Posted by Mathman
^ Yeah, probably so. But it would be cool if they could round up some of the usual suspects like Lambiel for this show.
I don't see any reason to connect this with Scott Hamilton's group. As Sorcerer reports, this seems to be a made-for-Japanese-TV show.( I love the notion of an "open" competition "by invitation only." ) I agree with Sorcerer that, sadly, the projected ICE events, having been put pff from 2012 to 2013 will next be put off until 2014, then 2015. I think if Hamlilton's group had made any progress in lining up the money they would have made some sort of announcement by now.
I wonder how the lineups will work for this and the Japan Open the next day... JO was supposed to include a mix of eligible/retired skaters, but the past few years the lineup has mostly been like 1 retired (Buttle) and 5 eligible skaters. With this new event, will the Japan Open become eligible-only? Would Buttle move over to the MWO? What about a "haven't-decided-on-a-comeback" skater like Rochette?
I bet TV-Tokyo would like to convince Midori Ito to compete...she did do a 2A at the adult comp in Oberstdorf last year... Lepisto, Meier, Arakawa, Meissner are probably likely candidates for participating.
Suguri should finally declare retirement and try to get invited to the Medal Winners Open.