I think that I/K and R/T declined (they didn't expect to be called and maybe they're already on holiday), so they sent the 4th place couple at Nationals, and I think that they want to give them an opportunity to have some senior international experience (like Gold or Kovtun last year), because they're really good!
They have several better teams though, such as the reigning junior world champions (Stepanova/Bukin), or Sinitsina/Zhiganshin (last years JWCs)
Yeah there were way better options for Russia. But I think that's about 4 points gone from ice dance now. This really is Canada's to lose now.
They are dropping like flies. I just read on another board that the French Fed. sent out a press release,
Natalie and Fabian are out (no reason given) and Carron/Jones are in. Also Ponsart
will replace Amodio. Unfortunately I cannot provide a link.
Thanks let's talk for the info on Song I hope he recovers soon.
Oh, dear, and this was looking so good... I swear, I have no idea who is in or out any more, even!
I seems increasingly obvious that for many of the skaters, this event THIS SEASON does very little but cut into an already relatively short time to prepare for the Olympic season. If one considers that the most important event next season will occur a month earlier than usual. Worlds are normally in March, but the Olympics are in February. Having to train "last season's programs" and travel for another event which extends the competitive season a month beyond where most of the competitors have moved on seems a little like "having to do summer school" when everyone else has left the building. It seems perfectly understandable to see why 'they are dropping like flies.'
It is a shame though as it always seems like a really fun event. And, being hosted in Japan makes it an event which will be well done and with very appreciative crowds. For athletes thinking about next season though, the Grand Prixs are only 6 months away! Having that extra month could make a real difference.
Do you remember a few years back when skaters had to do a qualifying round at Worlds, and it had to be a different program from their "regular" competition program?
They invariably selected the previous year's program for the qualifying round, and I was surprised at how uninspiring they seemed. Like they were just going through the motions.
For some of the skaters, I bet WTT will be like that. They're probably already focused on their Olympic programs (not finished, of course) so they'll just toss out their old programs that they haven't really been training, and be done with it.
I can't imagine they're going to interrupt their training to work diligently on a program that was in the rear view mirror. Oh, well, I wouldn't be.
Of course, maybe that's why the program is so light-hearted.
Also... I wonder if skaters just get tired of a program. A skater that does 2 Grand Prix events, GP Finals, Nationals, 4CC/Europeans, and World's is probably ready for something new, don't you think?
This past season, the SDs for Juniors and Seniors were different---Blues (JR) and Yankee Polka (SR). There is no way Stepanova/Bukin could get up to speed on the Yankee Polka in a less than two weeks.