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    News Will Mirai Appeal Decision for Olympic Team?

    They announced at the end of the U.S. Championships today that Mirai is appealing the decision made to keep her off of the team.

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    Bad move by Mirai. She has no chance of winning.

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    Doubt this happens. I do think she got screwed to an extent but the rules, by way of legal jargon, are that they can do whatever they want. If they wanted Siraj, Zawadski and Forte as the team, that's what it would be. There is no accountability for their decisions. Protesting it is pointless.

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    We'll see. Andrea Joyce said that Johnny Weir said that Mirai was writing letter to the selection committee. Mirai's problem is that there is no one to appeal to. The rules are clear: the committee can do as it pleases.

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    I doubt she'll win, but good for her anyway. She has nothing to lose at this point--what will they do, retaliate against her for the 2018 Olympics? I doubt she's going to that one.

    The selection was done poorly. If they want to give an automatic space to say, someone who medals in the GPF, that's fine. But spell it out first and be consistent. It's not like when a spot was held for Nancy or Todd. Ashley wasn't injured. She was just bad.

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    There would not be a 3rd spot to fight over if not for Ashley and Gracie.

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    Mirai has the right to appeal, regardless of her chance of winning or the ultimate outcome, and I support her. Actually, I feel sorry for Ashley, as she has been placed in a very uncomfortable position, and her addition to the team will place additional stress and scrutiny on her.

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    Don't think it's a bad move. Why wouldn't you appeal? Doesn't reflect badly or hinder her in any way.

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    I also do not think her appeal will be successful. However, I say, YOU GO, GIRL!!!

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    What's the point of appealing, anyway? What part of the rules would indicate that the selection committee erred? The standard isn't to show that she deserves it more than one of the people on the team, she has to show that the selection committee didn't follow its rules. I'm having a hard time seeing how she will be able to argue that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Near View Post
    What's the point of appealing, anyway? What part of the rules would indicate that the selection committee erred? The standard isn't to show that she deserves it more than one of the people on the team, she has to show that the selection committee didn't follow its rules. I'm having a hard time seeing how she will be able to argue that.
    Think about it, yesterday she said she would have to respect whatever decision was made. Now there is a different tune. Some one has to be guiding her.

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    Near, I don't know all of the particulars, but my view is simple: If the USFSA wants to base its determination on past performances, the skater who should be out is Polina Edmunds, as she has *zero* international experience. Mirai Nagasu only finished behind her by three points -- and either way, if you take Edmunds *or* Nagasu, it's a risk and a wild card.

    If you pick Ashley Wagner due to her consistency, then you should pick Nagasu because at least she *has* a track record. That's the argument *I* would make, in Nagasu's place . . . she is not likely to prevail, no, but making the argument at least asserts that she won't be anyone's pushover. And by doing this, it may help her in her personal life as she moves forward from this . . . when you do your best and are denied your chance at the Olympics, especially when you've done well at them before, that is a serious problem for most people, which is why I'm *glad* she's appealing on a personal level even though the USFSA is very unlikely to change their mind.

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    The thing is, what is Mirai going to say, and who is she going to say it to?

    "Dear selection committee: I think you should have sent me instead of Ashley."

    "Dear Mirai: No, we think we did right by sending Ashley. Thanks for your interest in United States Figure Skating."

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    Mirai can file a claim at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    The thing is, what is Mirai going to say, and who is she going to say it to?

    "Dear selection committee: I think you should have sent me instead of Ashley."

    "Dear Mirai: No, we think we did right by sending Ashley. Thanks for your interest in United States Figure Skating."
    Yeah, USFSA can do whatever they want. The selection criteria is totally up to them to explain, so what can Mirai argue to?

    Besides, she may anger USFSA more and doesn't even get the chance to go to the Worlds. Why risk that? Unless, she doesn't care anymore and want to retire right away.

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