Someone know when The federations going to say the participants in The team event?
Hi everyone. New poster here though I'm not a new skating fan. If it's true that Mao doesn't want to try for the team competition I do wonder why she would forego the opportunity to secure an olympic gold for herself even if it's a team medal. I think the Japanese ladies have a strong chance to win gold as a team to be quite honest.
As far as all-around strength in the team event goes, I would put Canada in the lead, followed by Russia, and then the US.
To my understanding, the team event won't really be like World Team Trophy. Only one ladies singles' entry is allowed compared to two at WTT. Personally, I think that Canada, Russia, and the U.S. are slightly more well-round across all disciplines--and perhaps some people see it that way as well.
(facepalm). Thank you guys. All of this time I was thinking "teams" would be for each discipline, so there would be 4 team medal categories. I didn't know they were combining it for ALL disciplines.
I was honestly a bit disappointed because I only learned recently they were doing a team event. I was a big fan from '02-'06 and was thinking how skaters like Kwan and Cohen (my favorite) would have EASILY been gold medalists at that rate (repeat even)! 2002 specifically would have been crazy awesome. This format makes it a little more of a relief and I'm okay that it shows more well roundedness across everything. This would have been good for Russia in 2006 too.
Hey, in Biathlon, they already had Men's and Women's Sprint, Pursuit, Individual, and Relay (I don't think there's Mass Start at the OGs... yet). And now they've added Mixed Relay as another medal contest.
So I'd say it would be only fair to have it as you pictured it as well!
But they should definitely learn from Sochi and do those Team Events after the individuals, which would help give it the great crowd pleasing atmosphere - and the top athletes wouldn't be worried of compromising their individual chances... It would be a great competition for the closing day(s) of the Olympics, to make everybody remember the OGs with a big smile...
Well, we'll see how the strategy works. At Vancouver, Tarasova advised Asada to arrive early to adjust the environment, but she didn't listen. She didn't arrive at Vancouver until a week before the competition.
I guess she wants to work on 3A without people watching. She said that two 3A in the opening mean more than 50% of the entire program to her after FS at Nationals.
But before the opening ceremony is just "throwing pearls before swine", if you'll allow me this expression. People won't even be in "the Olympic Mood" when that crowd pleasing competition starts! I don't get it.
(Political Correctness Disclaimer: by pearls before swine I mean waste of a great show, not that any viewers would be swine...)