Games start at 6 Feb, they start earlier than Vancouver and having the Team event there makes it harder, because it is only ten days after Euro Gala. It is not like many skaters skipped Euros anyway, it is 3-4 teams/skaters so far..
Caution: When I was young story ahead. behold or ignore, that's up to you!
I remember when Euros before Olympic Games used to be so thrilling because federations which had more spots at Euros than at Olympics had said before that the Euros would decide who goes to Olympics.
Nowadays, there's this feeling of "whatever happens at Euros, they already know who they want to send"...
The German OC was always very strict about what skaters would need to achieve to make it to the Olympics back in the day when they were so used to success:
Before the success drought of the 21st century, it wasn't enough to earn the spot by ISU and IOC standards, skaters also had to fulfill specific NOC requirements: usually to finish no lower than 8th at Euros to be sent.
Seems unimagineable nowadays that Germany would give up an Olympic FS Spot they had earned, but Ronny Winkler had earned Germany a spot for the 94 OG in Lillehammer by finishing 15th at the 93 Worlds, and then had pretty much the skate of his life at Euros 94, finishing 10th. It was an unusually high level of competition (Viktor Petrenko's comeback; Vyacheslav Zagorodniuk didn't get to go to Lillehammer despite finishing 2nd at the Euros bc Ukraine only had 1 spot!), but the German National Olympic Committee didn't care: No top 8, no Olympics. The German athletes organized a petition to ask them to reconsider, but they didn't. He never got to go to any Olympics. That was gutwrenching.
What most don't remember of Katarina Witt's comeback in 1994: not only did she, Tanja Szewczenko and Marina Kielmann beat Simone Lang and Evelyn Grossmann (90'EC) at German Nationals for the 3 spots at Euros, she and Tanja Szewczenko beat Marina Kielmann (3rd at 93'EC and 4th at 94'WC) at Euros for the 2 German spots at Lillehammer, but Witt ended up finishing 8th at those Euros! According to the German NOC regulations, had she placed just 1 spot lower, she would have stayed home! Imagine that!
OK, back to the 21st century...
I guess the incentive for this year's EC is to see if Kovtun is able to beat an absent invisible ghost and land on the podium to be allowed to go to Sochi...
Any other real stakes for Sochi, like a real duel where it's enough to beat the other to go? I doubt that Papadakis/Cizeron beating Carron/Jones just by 1 or 2 spots would be enough, for example...
Talinn 2010 Euros were very exciting, and these will be too besides some absences, in 2006 and 2002 Euros it was also known more or less who will go to Olys but they were exciting Euros too.
After Short program at Mentor Neslé Nesquick Torun Cup 3 ladies are Out for Europeans :
Clara PETERS IRL
Bernadett SZAKACS HUN
Dimitra KORRI GRE because Isabelle SCHUSTER-VELISSARIOU is WD from this competition
tomorrow after free program we know if :
Marta GARCIA ESP
Janina MAKEENKA BLR
has the TES for competing at Europeans
and the same thing for Spanish Pairs : GRIGOREVA / MAESTU