thats just based on the upcoming Worlds, Canada is heavily politicking even in the ladies, and this is because this will determine the number of spots for the Olypmpics
Originally Posted by eyria
though Japan alone probably earns skaters the most bucks from FS popularity and Japan and its ice shows. that will change by next Season, Russia is still powerful as it will host the Olympics, even Piseev or was that Gorshkov that even in ice dancing they dont expect a podium by 2013 Worlds but by Olympics season, they will be fighting for a medal
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Originally Posted by eyria
Yes, as seniorita and IP correctly point out, getting 2011 Worlds wasn't that much of a coup; it was a tricky event to organize and nobody else was really well-equipped to do it to the same degree as the Russians.
Originally Posted by ImaginaryPogue
Skate Canada is clearly the class of the politikking field. They get things done without being blatant about it, which is sound strategy and helps their skaters. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that the IJS was developed in Canada and that training in Canada seems to have been well-suited to it from the get-go.
The JSF just has the money, I don't think they politik well. They don't seem to figure out in time which skaters they should throw their weight behind.
Of the bigger federations, I think the FFSG is, contrary to popular belief, dreadful at politikking. They couldn't hit the top of a podium for their skaters with a Zamboni. They (in the person of Didier Gailhaguet) tend to lean on the skaters to make certain "acceptable" choices to the point of interfering and even hindering their careers. Gailhaguet has no problem kicking a skater when he/she is down and has no notion of how to finesse anything; it's all bulldozing. How Joubert was able to survive a decade of this, I've no idea.
Looking at smaller federations, someone is making good decisions for Spanish skating. That is a program being built from the ground up, and the skaters with potential are being matched with people who can actually do them good. I think they may be ones to watch in the long term.
It'll be interesting to see what the federations decide to go after in Sochi and how they'll do it. I think Canada will go after men's and dance, Russia will try for pairs and team, and if Wagner medals at 2013 Worlds, the US will try hard to get her a medal; it could revive public interest in the US to some degree, which would be good for the sport. If they're smart, the FFSG will play for a team medal. The JSF should focus on the men and figure out how to push more than one guy at the same time.
Gailhaguet is not good at promoting his skaters. He was among the most publicly critical of Surya when she was at her peak, rather than being an advocate for her. It might have cost her a world title, considering she lost 5-4 on three occasions IIRC.
Originally Posted by Buttercup
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