What about Alena Leonova and Ksenia Makarov, who were the two who made the Olympic team in 2010? Are they no longer in the running?
Is Radionova age eligible?
I would like to see Lipnitskaya and Pogorilaya in Sochi, but I expect to see Lipnitiskaya and Sonitkova.
OK. What is the age limit rule? I thought it was turning 15 by july1, and Radionova is. Or is it 15 by July 1 of the previous year? I wish they kept the loophole open that a skater who medalled at World Juniors was eligible for Worlds.
Pogorilaya and Lipnitskaya are old enough for the Olympics/Worlds/Euros because they turned 15 in April and June respectively, before the July 1st deadline. They were all 14 at JW, but Pogo and Lip are one ISU year older than Radionova even though in calendar years they are less than a full year older.
I wish they kept it to 16. One has to compete juniors in all events til age 16, whenever that falls - it is a safety issue- maybe 17. I also want changed in gymnastics. The story I read made me cry. I do not care about medals. These girls in fs or gymnastics will kill them selves. I'm not sure about age of boys.
By age 16, most are thru puberty but it isn't a guarantee of no more growth spurts. I was very thin and not regular til like 19 or so..cant recall. I hope they change the judging more. Make jumps less impt, 3/3's less impt. Bring back spirals, scratch spins, skating skills edges, not crazy, senseless footwork. Choreography should be with music. If it is a sport, I'd like to see kids train figures again and have a true technical program. If it is art and sport, then improve and tweak IJS. Most programs are overly busy. Too much emphasis on impossible transitions. Sport is very hard now, everyone is injured. It isn't lovely to watch in singles. Very few nice programs. One must bow to cop point tracking. I do not feel triple axel should be done by girls. Guys have muscle mass. It is so rare, we have like 4 people who have done in competition? Ito, Harding, Asada, and miki? Tell me if Im wrong. I think it is so rare as it is too hard for little girls. I wish Mao had not pursued it so much. Most aren't ratified anyway. Too hard for girls.