Virtue says they're ready to rock the Bud
By Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 10:23:00 EST PM
Well thank goodness he wrote an article about V/M. I hope that pacifies fans.
I think we can lay to rest Ryan Pyrette is some investigative genious
Amy Rosewater trumps him as she gets her hands on family photos.
Credit to https://twitter.com/HaileyIMG for directing me to this article. Good agent!
^^ Disagree with the sarcasm from CAS, who has ignored the major factor that Pyette's story was published TEN DAYS before Rosewater's.
An alternate -- and in my opinion, far more plausible explanation -- is that through his own enterprise reporting, Pyette did in fact "break" the story (on Mar 1) that Davis has Canadian roots, and in the London area, no less.
My (unverified) assumption would be that after reading Pyette's story, the USOC and/or Rosewater (with or without the encouragement of Davis/White's agent at IMG) wanted to jump on the bandwagon.
This kind of copycat journalism is very common practice -- in hard news, in sports, in entertainment, in any kind of news.
LOL, with ten days for additional reporting, any journalist worth his/her salt darn well should have been able to "trump" Pyette's original reporting with something extra (as Rosewater did by obtaining the enjoyable photos of the grandparents, for instance).
Pyette still has my admiration for being the first (by a long shot) to report a new and interesting narrative that is relevant both to Worlds in London and to Davis.
[And no, I am not an agent for Pyette or for the LFP. ]
My own gut reaction is to wonder why the USOC/Rosewater were so SLOW to come up with their own version of the story. (But to be fair, it is possible that the marked delay could be chalked up to a necessary dependency on the very busy Davis to provide the photos of her grandparents. I believe I recognize the pic of her young cousin from a very old Davis tweet before a competition way in the past -- maybe even during a previous season.)
(BTW, I hope that the tweet from D/W's agent was a no-brainer. It's hardly rocket science to use social media to promote a client.)
If Davis were doing this sort of thing nefariously, it would have been reported before the last Olympics or just before last year's GPF in Quebec. It looks to me like Pyette broke the story, especially because the date on the USFSA report is 10 days after his.
What this shows is that USFSA isn't a big news agency. It had the option to run a news site (icenetwork), and instead turned the whole kit & kaboodle over to Major League Baseball (MLB).
If you want to find something nefarious, how the heck is it that Marie Bowness of Canada is the tech specialist for two successive Worlds in ice dance? Talk about severe unfair advantage there, given that the single most important person for setting levels in the tech specialist. And that these placements of tech panels are done direcly by Cinquanta with the assistance of the head of figure skating, Dave Dore of Canada, with some suggestions by the federation holding the championships, Canada.
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I'm hoping that both teams will skate beautifully, and there will be no controversial calls either way. then whichever team wins, I'll be happy.
I wasn't particularly happy with the judging at the free dance at Worlds last year, so when anyone is back from that panel, I'm not crazy about it.