in discussions of this sort we try to convince ourselves that it is very important to get three U.S. ladies' spots for the world championships. Is it? The difference between two and three spots will briefly affect the life of precisely one person in the country (population 300,000,000) -- three, if you count that person's parents.
I am often accused of having no patriotism (and for that matter, no school spirit ). I have to admit that if Julia Lipnitskaya wins the Olympics next year I will say "good for her!" and I will not slit my wrists because she is not American.
It is, indeed, hard for me to convince myself that "how you skate at major international competitions" is something that "really matters at the end of the day." In truth it matters hardly at all. (JMO.)
MM: good points there. USFS basically says that selecting by Nationals results has been good forever and ever up until the last quadrenium, so why change? The issue has been inconsistency/injury (Flatt, Czsiny, Nagasu) and the strength of some unexpected skaters (Leonova, Kostner, Suzuki)
Let me say this again, in a less bombastic way.
I think figure skating should go from the ground up, not from the top down. Up with skaters, down with the Powers That Be.
Every 6-year-old Snowplow Sam that laces up his skates should have an equal shot at one day skating for the U.S. championship and a place on the team for the World Championship and the Olympics. This should be something that is earned by the skater, not bestowed from above by Federation Committees who have arrogated all power to themselves.
(OK, that wasn't less bombastic. Oh well. )
So it doesn't seem to be that much of a departure for USFSA to say, we'll chose the top two or three skaters by Naitonals and allow for a few exceptions.
I do find this Monday morning quarterbacking quite hilarious.