Emily Hughes was a lackluster, mediocre skater. She had an air of entitlement that was to me screeching chalk on a blackboard. She went to the Olympics and finished 7th, more than 20 points out of the medals. She was a USFS darling because of her name only--she got inflated marks to ensure she got whatever she wanted (except the 2007 National title which rightfully went to Meissner).
In light of this, I think there are some people who've commented on this thread who owe Czisny an apology for the cynical, mean-spirited comments suggesting she would selfishly compete while injured or withdraw at the last minute. I'd say withdrawing twelve days before the start of the competition is pretty gracious.
It isn't 12 days before the competition. It's November 15th in Japan and that's EIGHT days before the competition.
It's too early to be so "optimistic". Two years ago, JSF invited Shaun Sawyer 3 or 4 days before actual competitions of NHK trophy. If Osmond was invited, it could give impressions that some backdoor deals were made between Japan and Canada. Maybe that is what JSF wants to avoid.
^ Why a backdoor deal? Why not a front door deal? All the Japanese Federation has to say is, "Sure, we'll take Osmond, why not?"
I didn't have that feeling about Emily Hughes at all. I never felt like she thought she was entitled to anything. She gave it her best shot, like everyone else.Originally Posted by chuckm