They should give the spot to Kaetlyn Osmond. Seriously, I know that sometimes it is strategic and that the USA want to maximize their chance to get a spot to the GPF, but it is not fair to let Alissa Czisny in the group and call a WITHDRAW in the last minute.
Even if the U.S. wants to protect their skater for the Grand Prix Final. Kaetlyn Osmond will be there at 4CC and Worlds and the USA will be forced to compete against her anyway in the future.
Giving the spot to Kaetlyn Osmond instead of Czisny would be very interesting and politically correct because in the competition, NHK, will determine the best ladies who deserve the GPF and will confirm the showdown : Suzuki vs Osmond. After this challenge of Osmond, we would see if Osmond is really better than Suzuki in a second times.
[QUOTE=meem;678299]IMO Kwan didn't know when to call it quits. She was too injured to compete at '06 Nationals (and had been injured for quite some time already at that point) yet she refused to step back and allow another American skater, Sarah Hughes, to be a part of the opening ceremony in Torino, have the thrill of walking behind the flag (sure Sarah eventually got to Torino to compete but it would have been nice if she'd had the whole experience). Michelle had already competed in two Olympics, and yes, we were lucky to see several beautiful performances for the next couple of years. But even after she couldn't compete at Nationals she still wouldn't face reality that her body was "done". I've always been a fan of MK but that decision of hers really bothered me.
I think you have the Hughes sisters mixed up. It was Emily not Sarah who took Michelles' spot in Torino. Sarah won 2002 Olympics.
Originally Posted by MasterB