I was happy that Dai can go to Sochi. But I was heartbroken for Oda that he was not even considered as a candidate. IMO, Oda's been performing quite well and stable this season. Compared with Dai and Kozuka, he clearly has the most consistent techniques, and did not zayak himself out again...Between Dai and Kozuka, Dai shall go due to his overall performances this season. But I really think Oda should at least be given a spot at the Worlds, and announce his retirement after that in front of the home crowds. So sad for him...
According to the JSF, Japanese Nationals is one of the criteria for the Olympic team. The National Champion automatically gets the spot but the remaining two spots are decided comprehensively based on the GP series results, the world ranking, and natioanls results. So as much as I feel sorry for Kozuka, one cannot say it is unfair.
I agree with you. A bad decision and one based too much on the past and past reputation rather than what is happening now.
I don't know why the Fed could not have sent Nobu and Taka to Worlds along with Hanyu. They would have gotten the magic 13 and qualified to three men for 2015. I feel terrible for both. I do think Dai might pull out of Worlds giving Taka the chance to go but it is sort of dismissive to get excise Nobu.
Takahashi is one of my big favourites, but in spite of that I´m surprised that he was selected now. I would have expected a simple skate-out in Japan or an official one based on results in 4CC competition.
Takahashi skated better than Kozuka at both of their GP events this year. He skated better than Kozuka last year and has always shown a higher scoring potential. It's not like Kozuka gave some kind of phenomenal performance at Nationals to make a statement of deserving to be on the team; his SP and LP were both messy. Takahashi easily deserves to be on the team.
On that same argument, Takahashi gave an even sloppier SP & LP, and isn't exactly a statement of him deserving to be on the team. And if you want to say Takahashi was terrible due to injury, so was Kozuka last season.
It doesn't matter how Takahashi performed at Nationals, his spot on the team was already earned unless the other guys really gave astounding performances at Nationals and showed they have the potential to medal at Olympics. Kozuka failed to do that.
It's not accurate to say to Machida beat him all season long when they only competed face-to-face once this season prior to nationals. Their total scores have been comparable all season long, in fact when you average their GP performances, their scores are not that far apart. Oda got 247.33 vs 249.47 for Tatsuki.
Oda also had a slight edge in SP average in GP events with an 81.49 average versus Machida's average of 80.58. Of course Machida highest score (91.18) is well above Oda's (82+), though one could argue that with a different panel Oda would have received a 90+ score at NHK.
In the FS, Machida has the edge with a 172.22 vs 167.88 for Oda. Oda's average of course is due to a poor, relatively speaking , FS at Skate Canada, just as Machida's average in the SP down due to his poor GPF SP.
Point is...Machida was not far and beyond above Oda leading up to Nationals, score wise.
But that said Machida, did outskate him at Nationals, so yes his Olympic spot is very much deserved as his Worlds spot. My dispute is more for the criteria that clearly favored one skater over another and doesn't quite reflect how the skaters actually performed this season.
ETA: I get that in general you support Oda had the results at nationals been different, but my statement stands that Machida technically has not outskated Oda all season long since in their one face-to-face matchup Oda beat him in both segements and overall.