Been otherwise occupied and not paying attention to skating recently, but checking in I was surprised at Japans poor showing at Junior Worlds. No medals at all...highest placement is 7th...hmmmm. Looking at JW it would seem like US and Russia are the future power houses, followed by China and Canada and Japan trailing.
Are Japans youngsters already in Senior's? Is it just a blip? What happens to ISU funding if Japanese fans leave the way American fans have done?