Canada's Olympic Team
1. Patrick Chan
2. Kevin Reynolds
3. Liam Firus
1. Kaetlyn Osmond
2. Gabrielle Daleman
So sad for Lacoste, Ten, Balde, G/P... :( But no real surprises...
It was hard to watch. The good thing is that most of them can continue to skate for another 4 years. I know four years is a long time, and a lot can happen in that time.
Originally Posted by FSGMT
What is really nice to see though, is the skaters that were heartbroken 4 years ago succeed this year. W/P lost out to Poirier and Crone, and were a lock for the Olympic team. Meagan felt the same disappoint when she narrowly missed an opportunity with Craig Buntin, now she was also guaranteed to make the team.
Hopefully this will light a fire and motivate the young talents to push themselves so that they can become contenders in 4 years instead of just competitors this year.
Totally agree with Scout! I am please with Skate Canada, choices I am glad they stuck with those that placed. Your never know what could happen at the Olympics and it will be such a great learning experience for the new ones.
I wish all the skaters the best of luck and know they will all have the skate of lives.
Don't forget Kevin Reynolds. I was so bummed when he got passed over for Vaughn Chipeur in 2010.
Originally Posted by Scout
I don't know who I'm happiest for at the moment, Kevin, Paige and Rudi, or Alex and Mitch.
British Columbia gets both Kevin and Liam to represent Canada at the Olympics. BC Represent!
Originally Posted by SubRosa
I just hope Kevin can get in a lot of quality training in the next 2 weeks. He ended last season on such a high note and I was hoping it would carry through to this year.
I like Liam Firrus skating skills but inconsistent triple axle he'll be buried....should have sent Nam for experience!
Thrilled about the team. Not my perfect team (I would have liked to see Purich and Tran and either Rogozine or Nguyen) but its definitively the best figure skating team Canada has ever sent to the Olympics, and arguably the strongest team any country is sending. Quite an accomplishment. And luckily there has been no controversy (unlike in Japan, Russia and the United States). Skate Canada deserves a lot of praise for what they have done to develop figure skating in this country, and all the skaters deserve a lot of credit for making nationals a very enjoyable event.
Nam is really, really young, though. 4CC and potentially worlds next year is quick enough for him. He clearly has a good shot at being the future of the sport in Canada but Firus beat him fair and square by a fairly large margin. If it was between him and Balde (less than a two point difference) I'd be inclined to agree but it wasn't that close. Its easy to forget that Firus probably has another quad in him - he's pretty young, too.
Originally Posted by margiemo
I feel absolutely crushed about Gilles/Poirer being left off the Olympic team. :(
They have the most interesting, original and memorable FD this season. One that stands out, grabs your attention and makes a strong statement. One that is interesting and coherent conceptually. Which contains varied movement in character of the music.
As WeakAnkles said, years from now I will probably have no memory of any of the Ice Dance programs from this season. But I sure as hell will remember "Hitchock" (and Hurtado/Diaz's "Picasso").
I understand that all of the above is just some of the PCS aspects (well, most :P) and that there is TES and the SD as well and I am not necessarily saying that Paul/Islam do not deserve their spot. But I feel really sad that a team that has pushed the envelope and prepared something really special doesn't get to present it at the Olympics.
They are still quite young. I hope they stick to their guns and show something even better in four years.
Before Piper got citizenship they mentioned that it would be okay if that didn't come through because they where building up for 2018. They aren't going anywhere.
Originally Posted by Ziggy
~ Figure Skating Is My Passion ~
I was disappointed for G/P not making it on the Olympic team. I do hope they stick around for a few more years. They are really developing into a great ice dance team. I am a little concerned about Kevin Reynolds with his injuries and boot problems. I hope this does not plague him. They said he has about a month to get back on track, not really a lot of time. Oh well let us hope he can do it. Two footing his landings at the Olympics won't bode him well.
Failing to see the original adjective as appropriate. Most of the moves were ones either C/P did or a variation on what they did, or a copy of elements other teams have done. They do have some acrobatic lifts but then so do other teams. The only original component is music that has not been used before.
Originally Posted by Ziggy
Anyhow, skating is more than a program and on that basis alone not sufficient reason to be put on the Olympic team. They were out skated by P/I who clearly earned the spot.
I was talking about the choreography and not the elements.
Originally Posted by wasabi
But the elements are a large part of the choreography and the marks are based on elements. Choreography is only a very small part of the total score.