Now that the GP Predictions Game is in full swing, it has started me thinking about the National Championships Predictions Game.
I don’t know about anybody else, but I really enjoyed the Nationals Game. And that’s not just because it was my baby! Making predictions gave us an excuse to find out about the skaters that were competing, and to spot up-and-coming talent.
Unfortunately, the game was organised too late last season to take in the first few significant national championships. So, I would like to get the ball rolling now on the member consultations.
Below is a list of the upcoming national championships that are listed on Wikipedia:
Date Event Type Level Disc. Location 12th – 14th December German Championships Nats. Senior All Stuttgart, Germany 18th – 21st December French Championships Nats. Senior All Megève, France 19th – 21st December Four Nationals Championships
(Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian)
Nats Senior All Budapest, Hungary 20th – 21st December Italian Championships Nats. Sen.–Jun. All Turin, Italy 24th – 28th December Russian Championships Nats. Senior All Sochi, Russia 25th – 28th December Japan Championships Nats. Senior All Nagano, Japan 27th – 28th December Chinese Championships Nats. Senior All Changchun, China 18th – 25th January U.S. Championships Nats. Sen.–Juv. All Greensboro, North Carolina 19th – 25th January Canadian Championships Nats. Sen.–Nov. All Kingston, Ontario
Last season we were panicking because the dates for American and Canadian Nationals were the same. However, we subsequently found out that the Senior competitions did not overlap. So, I am hoping that the same is the case this season.
Unfortunately, some of the national championships are running slightly different dates this season to what they did last season.
Last season, we had the Japanese Championships from 21st – 24th December; Russian Championships from 24th – 26th December; and Chinese Championships from 28th – 29th December. It was a great Christmas period for figure skating fans, with three championships, but no overlaps.
HOWEVER, this year the Japanese Championships are starting a few days later, and the Chinese Championships are starting a few days earlier. As a result, ALL THREE championships are on AT THE SAME TIME!!!
The Russian, Japanese, American and Canadian championships are the most significant of all the national championships. Hey, that’s why they each have their own separate sub-forum here on Golden Skate.
So, although we don’t like having 2 rounds of the Predictions Game being held at the same time, it may be something we have to put up with a couple of times this season.
After the problems we had last season with finding out information, translating names into Latin characters, and no livestream to watch on, I propose that we do not include Chinese Nationals in the Predictions Game this time round.
It would be nice to include the Four Nationals Championships. But, it might be too complicated to make predictions. Are we predicting the overall results? Are we predicting the results for the individual countries? Also, they are on at the same time as BOTH the French and Italian national championships.
So, my proposal for the Predictions Game rounds would be:
Round 1: German Nationals (12th – 14th December 2014)
Round 2: French Nationals (18th – 21st December 2014)
Round 3: Italian Nationals (20th – 21st December 2014)
Round 4: Russian Nationals (24th – 28th December 2014)
Round 5: Japanese Nationals (25th – 28th December 2014)
Round 6: American Nationals (18th – 25th January 2015)
Round 7: Canadian Nationals (19th – 25th January 2015)
This proposal is one round more than we had last season. However, it is the same number of rounds that the GP Predictions Game has always had.
However, if we have an ISU Championships Predictions Game this season (which I really hope we do!), it will have one less round than last season, as there will be no Olympics.
So, in total, the same number of competitions to predict on as last season.
Let me know what you think