She may come to regret those bitter tweets later, but I have a feeling that there's been more behind the scenes going on between her and the Phils Federation for some time, beyond not being assigned to Nebelhorn.
On a more gracious and happier note:
Congratulations Michael Martinez in Nebelhorn. Philippines is back in the Winter Olympics.
6:25 PM - 28 Sep 13
Is here career really over, just like that? Are there no more qualifying competitions for Melissa B. to enter?
That's it, as far as the Olympics goes.
But given that the new ladies favorite is no more "local" to the Phils than she is--and maybe has even less links--my first thought is that selection of Philippine competitors for major competitions is indeed hinging on "alternative methodologies" vs competition results.
At any rate, I think Melissa's competitive career is over. Hopefully she can get past the bitterness and extreme disappointment, and find new direction in coaching or some other venture in life. I do wish her well.
That's a shame. Melissa B must've misread the political situation or didn't get a good politiker on her team. Might as well have given it a shot, she would've never gone anywhere had she stayed with Team USA.
How does this new minimum score requirement work with the guaranteed spots rule (assuming that the Philippines has 1 guaranteed spot)? What happens if that current Philippines "it girl" suffers some horrific injury and can't compete, and no one else has the minimum score? Does the spot for the Philippines go away, or is the minimum score requirement waived for someone like Melissa B?
Also, what is the opportunity level for smaller federations to get their skaters the minimum scores? I always thought the number of senior Bs and summer competitions was up the wazoo.
If I understand correctly, Bulanhagui's gripe is that she would have been a better bet to compete at Nebelhorn in order to secure an Olympic spot for a lady from the Philippines.
Skaters from Australia, Georgia, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic and Brazil earned the six Olympic spots for the ladies.
Susanna Rahkamo @ssusu
As long there is time there is hope @kiirakorpi_fi. Let's keep on fighting.
11:52 AM - 30 Sep 13
Hmmmm ...how many countries would have to give up Olympic spots before Finland would get one for ladies??
(Apologies if the answer already is available somewhere in the Nebelhorn thread ... )
Nice pic From ISU's Facebook page:
Photo: Alisa Agafonova & Alper Ucar of Turkey celebrate after receiving their score and earning their country a spot for The Olympic Games.
How unfortunate for Kiira. The Olympics really is about showcasing the best the World has to offer and it sucks that Kiira has little chance of even showing up because of that injury.