I think that many skaters -- including some of the "VERY, VERY best" -- are more than happy to have a chance at a team Olympic medal.
Originally Posted by TontoK
Any skater dreams of winning even one Olympic medal.
For those who already have achieved that goal, winning more than one is all the more difficult ... and presumably would be all the more satisfying.
Seems to me that the team event is more of an opportunity than an onus.
If I am not mistaken, many of the top Canadians and top Americans already have expressed enthusiasm for the Olympic team event. (Don't know about other nationalities.)
- jiejie, wouldn't the upside for coaches be much the same as for skaters? Because of the team event, a larger number of skaters will win a larger number of medals ... and bring glory not only to their countries and to themselves, but also to their coaches.
Originally Posted by bigsisjiejie
- The following language from the official ISU document for the Sochi Olympics refers to countries "who have chosen to compete in the Figure Skating Team Event" ("who have chosen to," assuming that they have qualified). The implication, at least, is that the countries do have the option of declining to compete -- although the option is not spelled out explicitly, so I can't say that I am 100% sure.
NOCs/ISU Members with Teams who have qualified Skaters/Couples in an individual OWG competition/discipline (the “qualified Skaters/Couples”) in Single Lady, Single Man, Pair Skating, Ice Dance) and who have chosen to compete in the Figure Skating Team Event, must list the respective qualified Skaters/Couples of such discipline also as entries for the Figure Skating Team Event and may not enter different Skaters/Couples for such discipline.
- Good question as to how each federation will handle the possibility of a resistant skater.
But what US Figure Skating has announced so far is that each member of Team USA will be permitted to state a preference for or against skating in the team event. USFS has not promised to abide by those preferences, but will take them into consideration in its decisions.
Plus ... I believe that the scheduling of team skating to begin the day before the opening ceremony will increase interest among fans of the Olympics in general who do not otherwise pay attention to figure skating. If such TV/online viewers just want to start getting their fix of Olympic competition -- no matter what the specific sport -- perhaps they will get "hooked" on team figure skating on that first day/night of coverage even before the opening ceremony the following night.
Originally Posted by Mathman
Good point, MM. [Not that anyone would ever dream of accusing skaters of being sissy-wusses ... ]
Originally Posted by Mathman
I would add that relatively few skaters will be skating two programs for the team event (although among the small group who do inevitably will be medal contenders in their individual disciplines).
- A maximum of 60 skaters will compete at least once (SP/SD) in the team event. (1 pair + 1 man + 1 dance couple + 1 lady = 6 skaters per country x 10 countries.)
- A maximum of 30 of those same skaters also will compete in the FS/FD round. (6 skaters per country x 5 countries.)
BUT ... the number likely will be substantially fewer than 30, because each country is allowed to make substitutions in two disciplines.
For example, Skate Canada hypothetically could have Moore-Towers/Moscovitch + Reynolds skate their SPs and then switch to Duhamel/Radford + Chan for the free skates. [And then the same dance couple (prob. Virtue/Moir?) would have to perform both SD and FD, and same lady (Osmond?) would have to perform both SP and FS. Obviously I am making the assumption that the composition of Canada's Olympic team will replicate its world team this year.]
I wonder whether most countries really will divvy up the programs for pairs and men, because the individual competitions for those disciplines will take place sooner than for dance and ladies. Theoretically -- only for the sake of argument -- if all five countries who qualify for the FS/FD round use that logic, then only 15 skaters (1 dance couple + 1 lady per country) will have to skate both programs for the team event.