Yes, there is no rule. But considering the team event is about putting forth your best, and giving a chance for skaters to earn another medal (at least if you're from Russia/USA/Canada) it's hardly fair to exclude a national champion from the event.
Originally Posted by seniorita
If you prefer to watch Reynolds over Chan, that's fine, but the reality is that Chan is a MUCH higher placement potential - he could win the maximum points for Canada, whereas Reynolds could lose the gold in one fell swoop. Chan messing up would be the equivalent of Reynolds best effort (unless he somehow skates his 4CC LP from last year). Chan's scoring ceiling is about 20 points higher than Reynolds and there are a lot of men in between that, including Machida, Plushenko, Yan (if China makes the final) and even potentially Brown.
Ashley is skating the SP so it is likely that either Russian would beat her because their 3/3s are far more steady than Ashley's.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Bad move on part of the USFS. Gracie is a much better SP skater and could get a big score to set up Wagner in the LP.
Originally Posted by drivingmissdaisy
Forever stuck on those steps
Agreed, andKevin could also be beaten by Amodio and maybe Joubert if France makes the LP. As much as I like him, it's not unlikely for him to finish last in the men's event, the only team that could make the top 5 who's man he'd definitly beat is Italy. Chan would very likely win the Team LP. It's not unfair to leave Kevin of the team, he's just not in shape to help and using him might actually cost Canada the gold. Adelina is in good shape to help her team and proved it - especially more than I&K did.
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
Precisely. At his best, he does have the *potential* to assist Team Canada, but he hasn't shown that at all this year... hopefully his boot problems are all sorted out. If he costs Canada the gold that could really upset his morale going into the individual event.
Originally Posted by Li'Kitsu
Size 7 Knifeboots
Gold will likely finish at 4th or worse in the FS. Her highest FS score outside of US this season is only 117.20(22 pts lower than her US nationals score). She finished 3rd in all three of her FS (excluding Nat's) this year in fields less deep. While Gracie's low SP score this year of 58 would likely bury the US she did manage a 69.45 at skate Canada and beat Lip and Suzuki. This score is a lot closer to her 72 at US nat's and more reasonable to expect.
Last edited by Sam-Skwantch; 02-04-2014 at 10:50 AM.
It's hard to say, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Gracie in 4th if Akiko and Julia skate well. However, Ashley isn't going to place higher if those two women skate well either.
Forever stuck on those steps
Gracie would have a better shot in the SP though... ash can very likely lose to Mao, Julia and Caro, and maybe others (Kaetlyn, Zijun) if she stumbles.
You hit on the key word here and the possibility not many others seem to have considered – if Adelina was left out. Coming into the Olympics, only these skaters and their federations have an idea of what their mentalities are. From what I've seen, it looks like the Russian federation will promote Adelina ahead of Julia if both are clean. If so, it seems possible that she was offered the first shot at the team competition and is choosing (for her own reasons) to A) wait until closer to the games to see how she feels or B) save herself for the individual event.
Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch