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    Victims of techincal minimums fall through the cracks

    I've had a look at the entry list for the ice dance event at the 2013 worlds.
    I did a quick comparison of everybody's official PB score and I'm peeved that some of the teams who can't go (who are generally from non-european nations) are actually stronger skaters than some of the other skaters (who are generally from European nations) who managed to get their minimums from senior B's where the judging was either stingy or overly inflated.

    This year there will be no Chinese, Australian or Uzbeki ice dance teams (surprise surpise non-european nations) and there are definitely some european teams who are not as strong as them (Don't get me wrong they got their spot fair and square).

    There is a definite disadvantage representing a non-european nation, especially in Ice Dance. This is evident in the fact that the Bavarian open (the last Ice Dance competition at a senior B before worlds) was held during four continents. There is now no chance for these stronger skaters like Xun/Zheng (12th in Nice), Obrien/Merriman (20th in Nice) and Nagornyuk/Kovalenko (Made it to SD) to have a crack at worlds, which happens to serve as the olympic qualifier.

    I wish they had a minimum segment score instead of a minimum technical score. The quality of a couple's skating should not be solely measured by their technical score only. The idea of using 4CC/Europeans as a way to qualify to the world championships seems like a more sensible option.

    I'm just one person with one opinion. What do you think? Please comment below :D

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    They should just scrap the minimum scores altogether and make the federations and not the organiser responsible for covering skaters' costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GF2445 View Post
    There is now no chance for these stronger skaters like Xun/Zheng (12th in Nice), Obrien/Merriman (20th in Nice) and Nagornyuk/Kovalenko (Made it to SD) to have a crack at worlds, which happens to serve as the olympic qualifier.
    FYI, Nebelhorn in September also will be a qualification event for the Olympics.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    They should just scrap the minimum scores altogether and make the federations and not the organiser responsible for covering skaters' costs.
    Wouldn't this requirement create a new obstacle for skaters from smaller federations that do not have the resources to fund costs at Worlds?

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    [QUOTE=golden411;714790]FYI, Nebelhorn in September also will be a qualification event for the Olympics.

    I understand that nebelhorn is an Olympic qualifying event. My point is that they won't be able to compete at worlds and these minimums mixed with the politics of the isu are discriminating against non european skating nations that are not the strongest.

    In my opinion these teams up 'just missed out' are more deserving to go to worlds on the basis that they are better skaters than some of the european couples who could travel to most of the senior international b's with relatively less financial burden than non European teams and get their minimums. This was clearly evident at Europeans and four continents. There are at least 5 couples who gained entry into worlds who have a PB scores lower than the Australian couple...and the Australians can't go!

    These are the cracks in the qualification system that I worried about when they were introduced and I'm disappointed that it's happening.

    19 olympic sports are decided at worlds. The nebelhorn trophy in the Olympic season will be manic as it is at the start of the season with a new short dance and there will be truckloads of ice dance teams competing for the 5 remaining spots with finnsteps at the ready.

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    Funding issues aside (because I don't know how that works), I hate to see developing skaters from "non-powers" locked out.

    It deprives them of wonderful opportunities and weakens the global appeal of figure skating.

    The IOC sometime grant "waivers" to developing nations to permit them to have athletes who have not met qualifying standards participate in the Games.

    I know that in swimming, they compete in the very first heat. That first heat is their "Olympic Moment." They don't impact the event in a competitive sense, but the hope is that by participating in the Olympics they will promote swimming and sport in general in their home countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden411 View Post
    Wouldn't this requirement create a new obstacle for skaters from smaller federations that do not have the resources to fund costs at Worlds?
    I don't think so. Let's face it, the skaters are already paying for almost everything themselves in most cases.

    The cost of a hotel room and transportation to the ice rink wouldn't be a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.

    But it is a huge deal to the organisers of ISU Championships when you add it all up together and this is why the Preliminary Rounds and now the Minimum Scores have been introduced.

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    There are several issues, and lots of people (not just me) have brought them up before:
    1. There.are.almost.no.Senior.B's.outside.Europe. There's one (new this year) in the US) but unfortunately, the US PTB decided to put it at the very beginning of the season rather than at the end.

    A European couple can travel from Senior B to Senior B, working on getting their score up over a period of months, if they so desire. Asian, Australian, and North & South American couples who don't already have GP assignments, would have to fund multiple transatlantic flights to Europe to accomplish the same thing.

    So part of the problem is that non-European federations aren't holding Senior B's. I'm hoping China will step up and host one, since their teams are affected.

    2. The ISU lowered the TES for every discipline but dance. This is partially due to the fact a lot of European teams who simply aren't as good as the Australians, qualified at senior B's in Europe, so the ISU had already filled their quota for the SD at Worlds. However, it isn't a fair playing field at all.

    3. Lest anyone fail to notice Nebelhorn Is In Europe. :wall: so this is a non-level playing field again. The Chinese, Australian & Uzbek team will have unfair costs to participate.

    As to the Uzbeks, they will be at Junior Worlds, so they have one additional chance to make the TES score.

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    The problem is that if China does host a Senior B, who would really go to compete? I believe if a field is less than 6(?) competitors the scores don't count? All the European skaters won't go because it's too easy for them to go to European Bs. US and Canada would probably rather send skaters to Europe (they don't really send that many skaters to Senior Bs anyway). That only leaves Japan, China, South Korea and Australia. I'm not sure there are 6 senior ice dance teams out of all these countries combined (given that the three JPN dance teams are probably not even based in Japan).

    It is an extremely unfair situation. Although I don't feel terrible for the Chinese or Australian dance teams (frankly they are not that great to watch), I hope there is some way around that. Maybe a few selected senior Bs can strike a deal from some airline/named sponsor corporation to fund travel for non-European skaters. I believe Volvo (a Chinese company now) may have funded Zijun Li and Ziquan Zhao to compete in the Latvia Senior B. Long shot though.

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    Yes, there are 6 senior dance team (2 Chinese, 3 Japanese, 1 Australian) for sure, since all were at 4CCs:

    China has:

    (both competed at CoC last year as well as at 4CCs)
    Xintong HUANG / Xun ZHENG
    Xiaoyang YU / Chen WANG

    Australia has
    Danielle O'Brien & Gregory Merriman

    New Zealand has
    Ayesha CAMPBELL / Shane SPEDEN

    Japan has 3 teams, all of whom appeared at 4CC's
    Cathy & Chris Reed
    Emi Hirai & Marien De La Asuncion
    Bryna Oi & Taiyo Mizutani

    Kazakhstan had a team last year that might want to qualify for 4CC's this way (if they are still a couple)
    Daryn Zhunussov & Cortney Mansour
    and also had a team at the 2011 Asian winter Games

    Korea
    Rebecka Kim & Kiril Minov (she just turned 15)

    North Korea fielded an ice dance team at the 2011 Asian Winter Games
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_...es#Ice_dancing

    The Uzbeks
    Anna Nagornyuk & Viktor Kovalenko

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    The KAZ teams are split. They had a Junior team at the JGP this season but I believed they split aswell.

    The JPN teams are all based in US/Europe and the UZB and KOR team train Im russia so there is a logistic lack of demand for Senior B dance competitions in Asia Im afraid.

    However CHina has tons of dance teams so they could just get to invite at least 3 teams from other countries and get the ISU sanctioned status.

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    I wish they had a minimum segment score instead of a minimum technical score. The quality of a couple's skating should not be solely measured by their technical score only. The idea of using 4CC/Europeans as a way to qualify to the world championships seems like a more sensible option.
    I like this idea. I would go on to say the minimums should be such that they are almost a "formality" for most teams throughout the world. My vision is it should be something like passing your senior tests (in the U.S.) to get to senior level.

    I'm assuming the minimums are supposed to be a standard so teams that are thrown together (who really can't skate very well) are not allowed at a World Championships. That requirement should not exclude teams/skaters that are doing the best they can to train, where they have limited funding, limited coaching and limited ice along with other adverse conditions.





    On the other hand - and this is a separate argument - I have always thought countries with deep talent pools should not be limited to 3 entries (at least at Worlds). I've always favored some sort of "Worlds qualifying open" type of competition where anyone who didn't get chosen to their country's team could have an opportunity to qualify to an "open" entry. If Japan ends up with 8 ladies at Worlds - great. I think it would make the World Championships more of a true representation of the best of the World while still allowing skaters from developing countries to compete.
    Last edited by A.H.Black; 02-23-2013 at 03:58 PM.

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    I can just see it now---8 Japanese ladies and 8 Russian ladies at Worlds, pretty much guaranteeing that no other federation will ever get more than one entry each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    I can just see it now---8 Japanese ladies and 8 Russian ladies at Worlds, pretty much guaranteeing that no other federation will ever get more than one entry each.
    Perhaps it could be the "open" entries don't count toward the country quotas. It just seems like World Championships for individual sports should include that best in the world - all the best in the world.

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    And you expect the ISU to pay for all these 'extra' entries? And there would have to be still another competition to determine who the 'open' entries are.

    As it is, the ISU is trying to cut back on the numbers for the ISU Championships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckm View Post
    And you expect the ISU to pay for all these 'extra' entries? And there would have to be still another competition to determine who the 'open' entries are.

    As it is, the ISU is trying to cut back on the numbers for the ISU Championships.
    I have no idea how the logistics would/could be managed. I'm only proposing an idea - and a dream.

    I still like the original posters proposal for minimum scores.

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