From Thursday to Wednesday?
The Nationals will be held from Thursday January 9 to Wednesday January 15. This is strange, isn't it? Last year, the competitions ended on Sunday...
Wicked Yankee Girl
I don't know about Canada-in the US craziness in the schedule usually has something to do with the demands of whatever broadcaster has the TV rights, (if we are so lucky that anyone will actually broadcast skating, of course.)
The schedule is really different this year. Seniors are first followed by Junior/Novice. Totally opposite as previous years. Must be because of an Olympic year.
If I understand correclty: seniors will be from Thursday to Saturday (or Sunday). Do we know when the schedule will be announced?
Originally Posted by hohoho
Agreed. Puzzling and disappointing. Especially for Novice and Junior, who will likely be training while the senior event is going on, they will not get that "preview" to the excitement of Senior nationals during an Olympic trials year experience. Plus, where will the crowds be? Parents + ...? Hope they almost give tickets away to have people in the arena to provide love and support to the next generation
I think this is a shame. On US broadcasts of the senior events, they sometimes show a performance from a junior or novice that was particularly noteworthy to promote the next stars of the sport. If those comps are not held until afterwards...
Not to mention the gala. Will seniors be expected to hang around Nationals to skate in the gala three or four days after their competition has ended? Or will they skate the gala early and not include the juniors/novices. Again... I'm assuming that the Canadians normally include younger skaters in the gala.
Originally Posted by hohoho
A positive aspect of the schedule is that having the seniors compete first will maximize the number of days for those who qualify for Sochi to recharge and prepare for The Big Events there.
Originally Posted by sbstien
The Olympic team skating competition begins on Thu Feb 6.
Those who qualify for Sochi will have to embark on their travel there within ~ three weeks of the gala in Ottawa.
A draft schedule as of Sep 2013 for 2014 Canadian Tire National Figure Skating Championships:
The gala will be on Sun Jan 12, according to the draft schedule -- i.e., after the seniors compete, and before the juniors and novices compete.
Originally Posted by TontoK
(I do not know whether juniors and novices will take part in the gala.)
Golden 411 Thanks for posting the draft schedule. Is it just me? Or does it reproduce as a 'blur'
lcd, not sure what you mean by "reproduce." I have not tried printing the schedule, if that is what results in a blur for you. :(
Originally Posted by lcd
But when I click on the link above, a readable schedule opens on my screen. I also saved the schedule as a PDF, and when I open the PDF, it is readable. Sorry, don't know what else I can tell you ...