What the hell are you on about?
During 2010 Olympics, they had the same guideline.
During the broadcast, and right at the conclusion of the Pairs LP, either Scott or Mark wondered if McL/B would be put on the team for their body of work being much stronger than E/L. Sandra, this hypocrite, said, and I quote, "I'm old school, top 2 go"
Same situation here. Mirai should go.
M/B not going to Vancouver was a bit of a jip, but they had 4 teams ahead of them for 2 spots (versus Ashley having 3 ladies ahead of hear for 3 spots). Much more of a stretch to send M/B. If I/B weren't going over E/L, M/B sure as hell weren't. And again, comparing M/B's accolades to Ashley's the past two seasons, Ashley has been far more valuable/productive/whatever you want to call it.
Anyways, this is getting into a long-winded fest. Mirai can't do anything about Sochi, and should focus on 4CC. Perhaps with a good performance there, the fed might change their mind about not sending her to Worlds.
One might disagree with the new guidelines, or say that they should have been publicized more clearly, or have been thought out to the extreme as to come up with a clear ranking pre-US Nationals, that would clearly define "to beat Wagner for Sochi, Nagasu needs to beat her at US Nationals by 15.37points" which everyone would have known before the US Nationals even began.
But the fact of the matter is, that's how it is now. This is page 39 in one of the several identical threads that deal with the same subject, I don't think we'll be getting any new perspective on this on page 40.
Come hang around in the Euros corner, guys, it's fun!
"To field the most competitive team, U.S. Figure Skating’s ICMS will take into consideration the performances and results from the events outlined below to determine athletes who will have the most performance impact at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games."
It doesn't seem, from the parts of the document I've read (Admittedly, I haven't read all of it.), that a skater or team's perceived status in regards to winning a medal matters at all – just that they are part of the "most competitive team." Therefore, I'd argue if McLaughlin and Brubaker (given their track record) were competing this year, finished third and failed to make the team, that USFSA misused its criteria, even practiced it inconsistently in light of the ladies' situation. In that case, I'd be curious to know if M/B would have a case for appealing the USFSA's decision.