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    Ladies Qualifying Groups/Start Orders

    Qualifying Group A:

    Warm-Up Group 1
    1 Fumie SUGURI JPN
    2 Viktoria VOLCHKOVA RUS
    3 Michelle KWAN USA
    4 Keren SHUA HAIM ISR
    5 Lucie KRAUSOVA CZE

    Warm-Up Group 2
    6 Shizuka ARAKAWA JPN
    7 Irina SLUTSKAYA RUS
    8 Susanna POYKIO FIN
    9 Hristina VASSILEVA BUL
    10 Zuzana BABIAKOVA SVK

    Warm-Up Group 3
    11 Anne Sophie CALVEZ FRA
    12 Sara FALOTICO BEL
    13 Carolina KOSTNER ITA
    14 Karen VENHUIZEN NED
    15 Julia LAUTOWA AUT

    Warm-Up Group 4
    16 Tugba KARADEMIR TUR
    17 Miriam MANZANO AUS
    18 Mojca KOPAC SLO
    19 Dan FANG CHN
    20 Anna BERNAUER LUX
    21 Miki ANDO JPN

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    Qualifying Group B:

    Warm-Up Group 1
    1 Gintare VOSTRECOVAITE LTU
    2 Sarah MEIER SUI
    3 Jenna McCORKELL GBR
    4 Jennifer ROBINSON CAN
    5 Ksenija JASTSENSKI SCG

    Warm-Up Group 2
    6 Elena SOKOLOVA RUS
    7 Idora HEGEL CRO
    8 Julia SEBESTYEN HUN
    9 Jennifer KIRK USA
    10 Diane CHEN TPE

    Warm-Up Group 3
    11 Michelle CANTU MEX
    12 Daria TIMOSHENKO AZE
    13 Annette DYTRT GER
    14 Olga VASSILJEVA EST
    15 Jenna-Anne BUYS RSA

    Warm-Up Group 4
    16 Nina BATES BIH
    17 Joannie ROCHETTE CAN
    18 Elena LIASHENKO UKR
    19 Sasha COHEN USA
    20 Valentina MARCHEI ITA
    21 Ji-Eun CHOI


    .....Thoughts?

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    Sasha got lucky this year. Maybe she'll trust the Skating Gods.
    Michelle and Fumie should make SP final warm-up despite skating early. It'll be interesting in how they are marked though. Jenny K has a good shot at final warm-up group also. Curious as to how Irina will hold up. Will she be held up?

    Wow just noticed Ando skates last. Hmmm. How will that upset the apple cart? I am really looking forward to this one. So much talent; so few medals.
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    Originally posted by yelyoh
    Curious as to how Irina will hold up. Will she be held up?
    How nice to speculate if Irina will be held up, before she even started to skate!

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    Have I ever mentioned how stupid counting the qualifying round is?

    Have I ever mentioned how stupid _NOT EVEN SEEDING?!?!?!?!?_ the skaters in the qualifying round is?

    Have I ever mentioned how much I hate the interim judging system?

    If I weren't rooting for Kwan, I probably wouldn't even be watching any of this years WC because the ISU is bound and determined to suck any enjoyment I get out of watching skating out of the sport with idiotic judging and competition structures.

    Now that _that's_ off my chest, good luck to all the competitiors.

    I'm surprised Pavuk isn't in this competition. Is she injured? didn't Hungary qualify 2 skaters or did Sebestyen crash and burn last year?

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    B.

    Crashed, burned and went home in 14th place.

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    I'm surprised that all 3 Japanese ladies in ONE group.

    Seems the QA is a hard group than QB.

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    Originally posted by berthes ghost
    B.

    Crashed, burned and went home in 14th place.

    ah - shame! Pavuk was a firecracker at Europeans!
    Was looking forward to seeing her... oh well.

    k.

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    Silly Q regarding the schedule...

    Anyone know why in men's qualifying the dance compulsaries the "B" group went first, but in the ladies qualifying the "A" group goes first?? Just seems strange.

    I would think barring a major disaster, an early skate won't hurt MK. I wonder how the skate order might affect Fumie.

    Just curious..

    DG

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    Mafke, I agree.



    Thoughts:

    Group "A" is pack with talented skaters. That group could be a World Championships in itself.

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    Mafke.............Totally agree and by the way, welcome to GS.

    Michelle should do okay, despite the early draw..........she'll get it over with and then be able to concentrate on the short. I'd be very surprised if she didn't make the final flight for the short.....42

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    ah - shame! Pavuk was a firecracker at Europeans!
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    Was looking forward to seeing her... oh well.
    Well, I did see her again at Junior worlds and she was no where near as good as she was at Euros, so be glad that you saw her when she was "on".

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    Wheeee I love Joannie's group. Hope she doesn't let this opportunity slip through her fingers!!!

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    Originally posted by Kateri
    ah - shame! Pavuk was a firecracker at Europeans!
    Was looking forward to seeing her... oh well.

    k.
    I agree that Pavuk was fun at Europeans but there's not much yet besides the jumps.

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    Hi Mafke, welcome to the forum! Well, at least this will be the last we'll see of the Interim system.

    About the CoP and being held up, Sasha Cohen had this interesting comment after Skate America (the first GP event where the CoP was used, quoted in Spotlight on Skating magazine): "With the 6.0 system, I knew what was going on, when the judges were holding me up. Now (under CoP)... I have no clue."

    Michelle should have no problem with the early skate. It's not like the judges are going to overlook her or forget that she was out there. She'll lay down her stuff and catch an early nap. Fumie should be OK, too.

    I think Ando got the worst draw. Here she is at her first Worlds, almost her first major International seniors competition, and she has to wait through the whole event, nerves building with each skater's performance. I hope she goes into it with an attitude of, I've got nothing to lose, here's my quad, what do y'all think of that!

    Mathman

    PS. Sebestien was super at Europeans. In the second group she could provide the surprise that everyone's been waiting for.
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    cianni

    Seems the Skating Gods gave Sasha a gift this yr. I doubt she will not win her QR. Cupcake is her only comp. and she cant beat a clean Cohen. So I expect Sasha to be a real contender with an advantage. I hope she makes the most of it.How did Irina get in Group A and why. I was surprised at that and boy is that Group A stacked. Sure wish they would find a way to be more fair and balanced in the groups. Well good luck to all the skaters.

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