05-26-2014, 03:58 PM
If a skater has a choice, she shall avoid China because of air pollution. Overall poor performances of last year should be attributed to it. So it's very likely that China will be a leftover. Lipnitskaya has the first choice but Russia seems to be a jinx for her (save for the Team event). The Russian federation may want to give preferences to Sotnikova, in that case Lipnitskaya could be out of it anyway. If she wants to "sweep" GP titles, this year could be the only chance as far as NHK trophy is concerned.
assuming Kostner is not doing GP
Lipnitskaya SC and NHK
Pogorilaya Russia and TEB
Gold SA and China
05-26-2014, 04:06 PM
Tripping on the Podium
I basically agree with this. No way Gold isn't a host pick at SA. Lipnitskaia will surely choose NHK - she says she likes Japan, building popularity there is important, and Japan has a depleted ladies' field for the 2014-15 GP circuit so no great risk from a host pick there. However, I'm not as sure about Lip at CoR. Will the Russian fed want to pick Sotnikova as a host pick? If they do, could we then see Lip choosing somewhere else, likely TEB? I do agree Anna will go to SC since Lip was there last year and to get herself over to North America.
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
05-26-2014, 04:13 PM
That isn't how it works. It is NOT true that a skater's federation has true control over where a skater will skate (except for host picks and the top two seeds)
The hosts first get their host picks (of their own skaters). The way it works out this year, USFS and Russia have the most control.
Because USFS always has the reigning US Champ at SA, Gold of the top 3 will get a host pick; possibly Edmunds of the second 3 could get picked also.
Russia could pick Lipnitskaia or Pogo, but not both, as they are in the same tier.
Then the top 3 seeds are allowed to choose where they want to skate. Neither Lipnitskaia nor Pogo can skate at SA because Gold will be there.
If Lipnitskaia didn't get picked for CoR, she gets to choose which two of the remaining events (SC, TEB, CoC, NHK) she wants; if she did get picked for CoR, she chooses one of those four events. If Pogo did/didn't get picked for CoR, she gets to choose whichever event/s Lipnitskaia didn't want. Gold gets the event Lipnitskaia and Pogo didn't want.
Except for one of the US ladies, who could get a host pick, the 4th through 6th seeds are chosen by lot (hosts draw for the order of selection). All the other skaters are selected by the same method. The skater's home federation has no say over where that skater is going to skate (other than the host pick, if available).
05-26-2014, 04:17 PM
I will say...
Yulia - China, NHK
Pogo - Canada, COR
Gold - SA, TEB
05-26-2014, 04:20 PM