Per USFS, its future team entries will be confirmed as follows:
~ Short program/dance - ladies and ice dance - 10:00 a.m., Friday, Feb. 7
~ Free skate - pairs - 9:40 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8
~ Free skate/dance - ladies, men's, ice dance - 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 9
Not surprisingly those dates/times (ETA: in local Sochi time) coincide with ISU "nomination by name of the skaters" deadlines for those programs, per ISU Communication No. 1844.
And at the medal ceremony, I think the team captains (as reps for the entire team) received medals first ... although all team members then received medals.
Love Moir/Virtue as captain and assistant captain ... the only better choices would be to have the order reversed, LOL.
I remember when Charlie White was WTT captain for Team USA, he was trying to dream up cheers and other morale-boosting stuff such to keep team spirit high.
ETA, the complete list of 2014 Olympic Team Captains and what the ISU calls "Assistance [sic] Team Captains" (every country has one of each):
i don't think team captain has any actual responsibilities, they're mostly just there so officials have a go-to person to talk to if they have to. i guess for morale purposes too (so no muttering under your breath that you hate this event this time, scott)
"assistant team captain", lol team canada is cute
Oh please, USFSA, don't rob Jason of an Olympic medal...
I hope reports are true that Jason will be doing 'Riverdance' twice at these Olympic Games! What a treat! Jason is a Rock Star.
I'm glad that it seems Ashley and Jeremy will skate the SP - both have strong SPs when they hit. Both, for different reasons, have been shaky in the LP at some big events. Same with Gracie but she doesn't have some re-worked untried LP that she'll be skating before the Olympic judges in the team portion - Ashley would. I think Gold was the safer bet there. I LOVE that Jason will skate the LP for the men - imo he's less likely to implode in that portion than Jeremy. In the singles events, oh well, but at least in the team events poor performances won't affect teammate's chances for a medal.
If Russia doesn't win gold they don't want all be blame to go on their selection of plushenko but rather have it divided between plushenko and I/k. I/k is actually more likely to do poorer than plushenko so if both are weak which is probable their decision on plushenko can't solely be blamed.
i thought v/t would do long...
the russia/canada matchup is more interesting without pchiddy and v/t skating the long - reynolds and s/k are significantly weaker
It also makes me think that depending on how healthy plushy is, and which Kevin shows up in the long, we could have the US man pull ahead of both countries in that discipline. Either way a top 2 or 3 finish in the mens portion would be much more plausible in this scenario.
I CANNOT WAIT FOR TOMORROW!!!! FIGURE SKATING BEGINS IN 28.5 HOURS!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAH!
#JO2014 Team Event: "Si la France se qualifie, #BrianJoubert participera au programme libre dimanche" http://rmcsport.bfmtv.com/info/57229...dio-ouverture/
1 GBR Matthew PARR 49.32
2 ITA Paul Bonifacio PARKINSON 63.37
3 UKR Yakov GODOROZHA 63.68
4 RUS Evgeny PLYUSHCHENKO N/A
5 USA Jeremy ABBOTT 78.78
6 GER Peter LIEBERS 77.42
7 CHN Han YAN 90.14
8 FRA Florent AMODIO 78.6
9 CAN Patrick CHAN 98.52
10 JPN Yuzuru HANYU 99.84
Pair's Short Program
1 JPN Narumi TAKAHASHI / Ryuichi KIHARA 49.54
2 GBR Stacey KEMP / David KING 51.33
3 UKR Julia LAVRENTIEVA / Yuri RUDYK 37.96
4 GER Maylin WENDE / Daniel WENDE 61.00
5 CHN Cheng PENG / Hao ZHANG 68.87
6 USA Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR 62.56
7 FRA Vanessa JAMES / Morgan CIPRES 63,23
8 CAN Meagan DUHAMEL / Eric RADFORD 73.07
9 ITA Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK 69.38
10 RUS Tatiana VOLOSOZHAR / Maxim TRANKOV 83.98
Is Canada for sure going with Reynolds - that just seems suicidal - they still might medal but they are really jeopordizing their shot at gold and it is almost certain Reynolds who has not skated alot and was not that convincing last year plus skaters are getting better would be a sore spot for the Canadian team. Unless Chan refuses to skate both but still that would make me think gold to USA espeically since Abbott appears to be skating so well.
Ashley/Gracie, Kaetlyn, or Julia will leave the games as a gold medalist while Michelle, Irina, Sasha, and Midori don't have one. That's hard for me to believe.