Czisny improves her chances of going to the Olympics if she doesn't skate at the 2013 Worlds.
I posed this question on another forum, but I guess we're on that topic here so it's a good time to move it over:
Suppose Czisny surprises everyone at Nationals and places 2nd. If you, as the poster, are USFS, what do you do?
a) Send her to worlds
b) Send her & 3rd place finisher to 4CC, with higher finisher getting the spot
c) Send her to 4CC, but not to worlds
d) Don't send her anywhere
To me, there are two competing ideas about how to select the U.S. team for Worlds.
1. It is the responsibility of the USFSA to send the strongest team.
2. It is the responsibility of the skater to earn the assignment.
Top down or bottom up? The power and authority of the establishment or the rights and opportunities of the individual?
Historically, the USFSA has taken the second viewpoint, and furthermore has interpreted "earning the assignment" as "earning the assignment at Nationals." There have been signs of a shift in thinking at the USFSA -- or maybe just on Internet forums. The worst possibility (pangtiongfan suggests this above) is that the USFSA gives lip service to #2 while pressuring the judges to arrange a pre-determined #1.
There is no guarantee that anyone will skate well or badly at Worlds. I would send the top two finishers at Nationals to Worlds (thus defying the Devil who is trying to tempt me to sell my soul for three spots at the Olympics).
Edited to add: Option (b) would be the most dramatic departure with tradition. The U.S. world team has always been announced before Four Continents. Indeed, historically the top U.S. skaters have skipped Four Continents altogether in order to prepare for Worlds and to give other skaters a chance for exposure to international competition. (Not so much recently, though.)
Option B would be the fairest method IMO. It would give Czisny a chance to prove that the good showing was no fluke, and the 3rd place finisher another shot (particularly if this skater had a decent GP season).
But I would go with C. It would be perfectly justifiable IMHO after the mess of 2009 and the total embarrassment that was last year. Olympic spots are on the line and no chances can be taken with someone as unreliable and hot/cold as Czisny (I'm thinking of the Katy Perry song, ha).
I agree with the premise of your argument, R.D., but who on the US women's team have we seen to be truly consistent this season? Only Wagner, and if you consider her mistakes at the GPF, even she's out of the running.
I'm 100% with you on keeping Czisny from the Worlds team until she proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that she's ready. After being AWOL for half of a season, I very much doubt that the USFSA will want to take the chance, even if she has a spectacular showing at Nats and surpasses Gold, Nagasu, and Zawadzki.
I would not send Czisny to worlds at all, actually. 4CC is fine.
She has blown one too many chances IMHO.
well, the team is named before 4 continents, isn't it? So how could there be a skate off?
Currently, as hard as it might be to believe, Alisssa actually has a higher iso world standing than any other American lady, INCLUDING WAGNER. Even on the ice network rankings, she is in the top ten in the world and outranks every american lady except Wagner.
Last edited by Icey; 12-16-2012 at 07:22 PM.
That said, I think this conversation is of academic interest only. I don't think Czisny will compete at Nationals.