ETA: I just checked and the 4CC dance line-up will be G/P , O/W and R/H. Very pleased for Kharis and Asher. If any of the medalists had opted for it , they would have been out of luck.
Having said that, I suppose it's a matter of opinion so I won't debate who is better since there's plenty of debate here as to which dance team skated better!
Btw, I haven't heard Meagan or Eric speak French either.
Have you had a chance to see this long interview in French with Paul from 2011? Looks very handsome in black - kind of foreshadows the colour for this year's FD.
For next season, to receive Grand Prix assignments on their own, both O/W and R/H will need to be in top 24 of world standings or have a top 24 season's best score. R/H will have a chance to earn a season's best at 4CC (Senior B scores don't count, except for Nebelhorn this year), and O/W will have another chance to improve on their Grand Prix score there. But if neither does so, the only option will be a host pick from Skate Canada -- that's what it came down to between P/I and R/H for this fall's GP based on how the 2012-13 season transpired (R/H didn't have a great SB and P/I didn't have a chance to earn one).
Thanks blue eyed birds... I seem to have had a total jumble of national and GP rules and practices floating in my brain..and yet , it seems so simple when you explain it.. ( I just remember felling gutted for both those teams going into the season.. and Skate Canada holding off and holding off before announcing their final host pick..
June 3 announcement? Skate Canada did hold off in at least one category, though, I seem to remember (men's? pairs?).
Ladies was the discipline with the TBA entry.
And you're right that Paul would be speaking English with Vanessa (as he does with Piper) because she is an Anglophone who doesn't speak French, just like I don't think his coach Carol Lane speaks French, or any of the other skaters or coaches he works with. He would have been 18 at 2010 Nationals and still at French high school, so he was speaking French at school and at home at the time, but when most of the Canadian Figure Skating team is Anglophone, you don't get as many opportunities to speak French as you do at school or home.
I can sometimes see why the politicians in Quebec have a point about the way language works in Canada, because it does often mean that Francophones spend a lot of time speaking English because their friends and colleagues don't speak French. Ideally it would be good if Paul's skating partners and coaches spoke French so they could switch back and forth. It was like that with Jamie Salé & David Pelletier, too. Salé, despite having a French name, was an Anglophone who didn't speak French and so basically the entire time she was with David Pelletier, he and coach Richard Gauthier spoke with her in English because although French is the first language for both of them, she only knew English.
Sometimes a lower-ranked dance team like P&I might go to 4CC to get more experience since they don't have much international experience, but I can understand one reason why they might not want to - they wouldn't necessarily beat G&P. G&P got a slightly higher score at their GP event in Japan this year than P&I did at their GP at Skate Canada, and so the panel at 4CC might not necessarily prefer P&I's program the way the panel at Canadians did. Each team has a different style and it's hard to know who will come out on top in that situation.
G&P did well at 4CC's last year (it was their highest score up to that point) and they finished 5th in a field that included V&M, D&W, etc. With the top Canadian and American teams absent from this year's 4CC's, it will be nice to see G&P have the chance to move onto the podium (although it won't be the same as going to the Olympics of course!)
IIRC, it was essentially Skate Canada's policy in 2010 not to send Olympians to 4CC, because of the short turnaround between Nationals, that event, and the Olympics. The Olympics are one week earlier this year and include a team event; with both Skate Canada and USFSA avoiding overlaps in their Olympic and 4CC teams, my hunch would be that Olympian status means a bye from having to travel to and from Taipei before traveling to Russia.
With P/I holding Canada's third-best international SD and FD scores this season in addition to the results they just obtained nationally, I shouldn't think the primary concern in this case would be another face-off, especially as it may well come at Worlds anyway, though I'm also sure neither they nor G/P will be taking anything for granted going forward.
True. There appears to be even less turnaround time this year. And the skaters just getting home from Nationals who are going to 4CC's are going to have to get ready pretty fast. They only have a few days of rest and then they are off again. I kind of wish 4CC's was in North America this year so that it wasn't as far to travel to for the Canadian skaters who are just getting home from Nationals, but obviously they have to hold the event in Asia in certain years.
I also hope there is some t.v. coverage of the event here in North America. I think NBC is doing a little bit in early February, but not sure what the Canadian stations are doing. There's not as much coverage when the event is held so far away.
Finally got to see V/M's FD... Their costumes are much improved! While it's been interesting to see the evolution of this program throughout the season, it's been hard to see them struggling to find that final outcome that they want--from costumes, choreography, lifts, music, etc.. I really like the opening music and movements, and their first lift is beyond gorgeous (even though it looked a bit shaky this time). On that lift, I love how they kick up their legs in unison to the pizzicato of the music! I'm afraid I don't really like the second half of the program much, and much of it has to do with the music sounding too "manufactured." I was disappointed to hear the added percussion towards the end--the drum rolls and cymbal crashes don't quite hit the right timbre. Still, they are my favorite dance team and I hope that they win OGM. I hope that they finally hit that right combination of ingredients when it counts!