IIRC the current format for the Olympic team event is not the original one that was presented by the ISU four years ago. The IOC insisted on some changes. I have forgotten the exact details, but one thing that the IOC required was that the team event would not increase the total number of athletes that they would have to house and feed. The current rules are very clear that alternate athletes are not to be given the key to the Olympic village, although in some circumstances they can sneak in as day trippers for practice.
If the event is a rousing success -- which I believe it will be, especially in the U.S. television market -- then maybe in subsequent years they will be allowed to cast the teams differently.
Well, here's two potential spanners in the works for the RuFed's plot to have it as Kovtun...
Voronov and Gachinski just 1-2'd Golden Spin in Zagreb.
And they didn't do it lamely either - both landed two clean quads in their FS, Artur did two triple Axels (one in boss combination - 3A-2T-2Lo), Sergei fell off his second but got credit for both, both of them got a lot of level 3s and 4s, Artur only popped one jump (3Lz to 2Lz), both of them raked in the positive GOE.
If Gachinski and Voronov are coming back into form just in time for Russian Nationals, this could get very, very interesting...
I am all for more skating But I do thing the olympic team title is really based upon the format used. I mean the results could change. Ie. they are allowing teams to compete in the team title though that nation may not hav qualified to skate at the olympics in certain events. Ordinal based placements versus points for placements versus overall points (skating scores) all could realistically have very different podium results. For example if your nation made the finals but didn't have one entry you would have a chance with a 5th place in that event. But if it was a total points can you imagine a zero to say a weak lady scoring say90 pts in the lp and sp. Or what if the scores were really close/tight ie 1 point between first and fourth - you could get very difficult results. BUt the rules for the olymics are the rules so who does htis favour the most I wonder? Maybe Japan if they get two firsts in singles.
For instance, Japan could get 1st in ladies, 1st in men, 8th in dance, 8th in pairs in the SP, then 1st, 1st, 5th, 5th, for a total of 58 points.
Canada might get 6th in ladies, 2nd in men, 2nd in dance, 3rd in pairs in the SP, then 5th, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, for a total of 64 points.
This is pretty much a best case scenario for Japan and a worst case scenario for Canada, but Canada wins handily even so.
I think the reason they went with placements instead of CoP points is that otherwise the men's event would dominate the other three. It would probably be better to use factored placements to mitigate the effect of spoilers like Savchenko and Szolkowy who could separate the leader board in the short without having a chance to make the finals themselves.
Neither one will medal, so maybe it doesn't matter who goes.
Yeah that! ^^^^^^^
They aren't stupid. If Gachinski skates like he did at 2012 Europeans and none of the other guys deliver, then he would clearly be the best bet for Sochi to replace Plushenko.