Does anyone know if Adelina backed off the team event herself, or was just excluded by RF? Does anyone know how she feels about it?
Does anyone know when the participants in the pairs' free will be announced? Immediately after the ladies' short - or when? I suppose the teams must have chosen their pair, even if it hasn't been announced. It must be a rather odd feeling for some of them, not knowing if they will be even skating a free today or not, depending on whether their team makes it into the free. (Which is why I think it's rather odd scedulling to have one of the free skates the same day as some of the short.)
Originally Posted by zamboni step
As strange as it might sound, but I think Chan kind of "owns" it to his team to skate the LP now. I thought it was understandable he just wanted to do the SP before due to his OGM chances in the individual, but after his mistakes in the LP gave Russia a lead for now, I feel a little different. I wouldn't call him selfish or anything if he doesn't want to do the LP, but I think he should.
Russia has the lead now, but they might be more vulnerable in the LPs than it looks now. Plushenko nailed his SP (and deserves a lot of respect for that), but it's tough to say how he might manage with a whole LP. He could definitly loose to Chan and Machida, and maybe even Brown if he skates like he did at Nats. That could be up to 3 points Chan could gain for Canada alone. I&K could fall behind France and it's again 2 to 3 possible points for Canada. S/K did so well at Europeans, but I have no idea how they'll handle the pressure. Ladies is the weak link, sure, but Osmond should manage top 5 today, maybe even 4th/3rd if Kostner/Wagner don't deliver, and if France or China with Zhang make the LPs, she should be 4th there (maybe even 3rd if Gracie has problems with handling the pressure of being the last to skate to get her team the bronze medal). If Reynolds does the LP though, they're chances are going down a lot.
Meanwhile, I really want Japan to get the Team bronze, but I really want Ashley to do well today and proof everyone who insulted and attackted her after Nats wrong. Need more medals because of too many deserving athletes
Edit: Forgot that Kostner will be skating for Italy. I'm still stock in thinking with Marchei here ^^"
- February 8th, 2014 - 21:40 h
Nomination by name of the skaters participating in the Pair Skating Free Skating Team Event
- February 9th, 2014 - 10:00 h
Nomination by name of the skaters participating in the Men, Ladies and Ice Dance Free Skating/Free Dance Team Event
The SP for the individual discipline of Pairs is on Tuesday, Feb 11. Scheduling the Pairs FS for the team event for today (instead of tomorrow) gives the skaters an interval of two days before they compete again, instead of only one day.
I'm disappointed, I wanted to see V/T this evening.
Do we have a list of the participants in the ladies free skate tmrw?
Everything pointing towards Kevin Reynolds tomorrow. CBC showed him in their figure skating preview for tomorrow, along with Kaetlyn and Virtue/Moir.
A surprise to nobody:
U.S. Figure Skating
We are proud to officially announce that @Meryl_Davis and @CharlieaWhite, @GraceEGold and @jasonbskates will skate in today's Team Event!
10:01 PM - 8 Feb 2014
Yay Riverdance tomorrow (today)!
Team Men - Free Skating
1 PARKINSON Paul Bonifacio ITA
2 BROWN Jason USA
3 REYNOLDS Kevin CAN
4 PLYUSHCHENKO Evgeny RUS
5 MACHIDA Tatsuki JPN
Team Ladies - Free Skating
1 OSMOND Kaetlyn CAN
2 GOLD Gracie USA
3 SUZUKI Akiko JPN
4 MARCHEI Valentina ITA
5 LIPNITSKAYA Yulia RUS
Team Ice Dance - Free Dance
1 REED Cathy / REED Chris JPN
2 GUIGNARD Charlene / FABBRI Marco ITA
3 ILINYKH Elena / KATSALAPOV Nikita RUS
4 VIRTUE Tessa / MOIR Scott CAN
5 DAVIS Meryl / WHITE Charlie USA
I kind of think skaters like Abbott, Brown, Reynolds, the American pairs, should be especially grateful and realize how lucky they are because especially in the case of Reynolds they are so lucky to get a medal considering their world placements and they normally would not challenge for a medal. Poor Weaver and Poje bronze medal potential contenders individually but they won't skate in the team event probably . the medal placements are pretty well decided now at this point. Plushy can only fall to fifth no lower. there is sufficient gap betwee the teams the results would be almost impossible to change.