Sorry, Just saw this and I feel the need to chime in. There are some facts that need to be mentioned. No one, not one person complained when Brooklee earned a spot to the Youth Olympics and Chantelle got to go. Matter of fact, it was rarely if ever mentioned that Chantelle had the exact same opportunity (two JGP events) to earn the spot but did not, Brooklee earned it. If Brooklee had not qualified a spot to Worlds last year it would have been the first time in (I think since the 1940's). Many years that Australia was not represented. She has brought great opportunity to our skaters and has been an excellent role model for our Youth!
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Sorry to say the Smyth/Dodds did not make the minimum TES of 20 in the SP. Missed it by 2.57 points. http://kunstrijden.knsb.nl/2013-2014...306/SEG017.HTM
5 Eliza SMYTH / Jordan DODDS AUS 31.57 17.43 14.14 3.67 3.42 3.25 3.75 3.58 0.00 #4
And to add insult to injury, they missed the FS TES minimum of 30...by 0.9 points
Hope there will be somes chamges to the minimums. Chances seems a little slim though.
Well we still have Brendan and Kailani so that is still a plus.
It would be nice if they had a range...i.e. if you're within a point or two. It seems silly to leave someone out over hundredths or tenths of a point.
Maybe a straight minimum, and all teams above automatically get in. But then only if there's not a certain amount of teams/skaters, the minimum drops by a certain pre-arranged amount and all teams above the new amount get in. Still not enough teams, it drops again by the same amount and more teams, etc.
These jump components alone are REQUIRED in the short, and some of the developing skating nations sent athletes that did not even have them.
It should be expected that to send an athlete to a championship international event, that they have at least landed it previously in competition. Or gained experience first by attempting them in junior and senior B events.
Skating is a sport that isn't measured in absolutes like swimming or running which have their own set of timed minimum standards.
But it is still a massive risk attending an event without the minimum standard necessary, if you're likely to be penalized for not meeting that.
Australia is at a disadvantage with pairs because they don't have enough clear ice to train properly or develop speed.
But I understand a new Aussie junior pairs team has just started up and I have heard there is also a promising new dance couple in the wings, I haven't seen either but let's watch this space.