12-30-2013, 03:19 PM
I knew someone would used this argument, very predictable. So Japan is entitled to the 2014 Worlds for what happened in 2011, fine, no problem with that. What made them entitled to the 2013 GPF then? The ISU knows full well, Worlds will be in Japan in 2014 prior to determining the host of the 2013 GPF but still gave it to Japan merely 3 years after Japan last hosted in 2010. There are 6 countries who can host GPF and they usually rotate but GPF returned to Japan merely 3 years into the cycle and it has to be an Olympic year, like last time, how do you explain that? Why does Olympic year GPF, the most important international competition before the Olympic has to take place in Japan two quads in the row? To say this is just a coincidence is well, naive.
Originally Posted by chloepoco
12-30-2013, 05:26 PM
Not fair, but that's life for you.
12-30-2013, 11:35 PM
I stand corrected, Japan has hosted the Olympic year GPF 3 times in a row, not 2. 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2013-14. In 9 seasons, they managed to host the GPF 3 times and everytime during the Olympic year where Europeans/4CC had diminished importance due to proximity to the Olympic Games and many absences from top skaters therefore, making the GPF the default last major international competition prior to the Games. To give you an idea how disproportional this was, during this 9 year period, the United States did not get to host the GPF at all - exactly 0 time. It tells us this has a lot to do with the diminished popularity of figure skating in the U.S. and consequently, making these events less profitable. This also tells us that this is not just a mere coincidence and profit is clearly a consideration. To be clear, I am all for corporate sponsors injecting much needed cash into this sport, whatever country they are from. I accept this world is not fair, not even close yet at the same time, I am also not naïve.
Originally Posted by wallylutz
12-31-2013, 05:15 AM
Team Fluffy - Helsinki 2017 in style!