Rochette already belonged to the cast of Holiday Moments on Ice anyway (http://www.dissonskating.com/2012/10...oments-on-ice/) -- but what a shame that Czisny has had a setback.
Czisny didn't withdraw from Worlds 2012 even though she had to have known she couldn't land her jumps. It's not that surprising that she hasn't withdrawn from NHK.
Now that we are 10 days from the start of NHK in Japan, JSF is no longer required to fill a vacancy. Czisny probably wouldn't withdraw until a few days out anyway.
This just fries my grits. I agree with drivingmissdaisy. Some of these women quite frankly just need to retire! I realize that's a tough decision when you've worked for years but never quite realized what you thought your potential was. But in this day and age with some of the younger skaters coming up with incredible technical ability combined with developing presentation skills it's just not sportsmanlike to continue hanging on by your toenails in the hope of a miracle. Have a little integrity please and give back to the sport you've loved for so long.
^ I know, right? Everyone has a chance to be a hero instead of a fool, but no-o-o-o.
Alissa could withdraw, saying she gave it her best shot but now it looks like the better plan is to marshall her resources for nationals.
The USFSA could take the high road and say, now that Mirai has a spot we don't have anyone to send that is more deserving than Osmond, so we throw out support to Kaettlyn.
Then the Japanese federation could say, hot dog! We can add Osmond as well as Mirai and have the competition of the season. Is it remotely possible that Osmond will knock Asada or Suzuki out of the Finals? Anything is possible, but that's why we have competitions.
Win, win, win!
Curses! I'm so sorry to hear this about Alissa.
I know that I should be angry at her for not withdrawing, but I always feel I can't grasp the full story. I wasn't angry at Rachael either (except maybe this year at Skate America, when she clearly had insufficient practice as well as whatever injuries plagued her--she should not have been there).
If Alissa ethically should withdraw, what would Yuka and Jason's role be in either telling her to take that action or allowing her to stay in? What are their obligations as coaches, and will they be tainted by anything if Alissa is seen as "hogging" a chance she can't use?
IMHO, the decisions that Czizny is making regarding continuing her competitive skating career at her age, with her body issues (hip), her injuries, etc. are delusional.
She is DONE. Problem is that she exhibits no signs of accepting that she is a head case whose body is now too old and too damaged to sustain her through the training she needs to do to be competitive and improve, and be a consistent skater with difficult technique.
Czizny, Flatt, Nagasu and Zhang are all American Ladies Competitors who need to RETIRE from competition, skate to make money to pay their families back something, become independent and leave the sport with dignity.
Czizny has a college degree in languages from the age of 18 - 19 or something, but does not appear to be interested in anything except skating until she embarasses herself REPEATEDLY. Her trying to make a "come back" this year is lame and pitiful.