At the start of the World Dance Competition, the Washington Post said that Lobacheva and Averbukh as well as Bourne and Kraatz were going to retire. After the competition, Averbukh was quoted as saying L&A were now uncertain about retirement.
There is an interesting outcomes if both L&A and B&K retire. If you refer to the quoted section below of the rules of the Grand Prix series, couples who finish in the top 6 places are seeded into the Grand Prix and can if they wish, participate in 3 of the six events. In the event of skaters retiring, the rules are that the top 6 couples at Worlds who are still not retired are seeded. B&A finished in 7th, L&T finished 8th. If both L&A and B&K retire, both B&A and L&T will be seeded in the Grand Prix!!! First time ever for the US.
If I were L&A, I think I would retire, because frankly, I think N&K are about to surpass them, so their best deal can probably be made now. One of the concerns would be whether Lobacheva's injuries are going to completely heal. If she is really going to be 100%, then maybe L&A can keep their first place at Russian Nationals, but if she isn't going to completely heal, I think they are at risk.
As to L&T, if L&A retire, I think they should work their hearts out, do all 3 GP events, and do 4C's too, as B&K are definitely retired. Does anyone have any idea what the recovery rate is likely be following surgery for removal of a cyst from an
B&A should just keep doing what they are doing!
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>2.1 Seeded skaters/couples
a) According to the results of the previous World Figure Skating Championships, the skaters/couples ranking 1 - 6 in each of the 4 categories (Men, Ladies, Pairs, Ice Dancing) shall be seeded in two events. A 3rd event is optional to these skaters for participation.
b) In case of retirement or ineligibility of any of the top 6 skaters/couples seeded (see paragraph a) above), the next placed skater/couple shall be seeded.
c) Such seeded skaters/couples must commit on their two assigned events (counting for points). Priority will be given to the home event, if possible.
d) The 3rd event in which the seeded skaters/couples are invited for participation will not count for points, but prize money will be awarded according to the placement. Only one skater/couple per discipline per event can be accepted as "additional third event". Priority of choice has to be given to the higher placed skater/couple.
e) Each ISU Member concerned must announce by August 1st, 2002 latest which events will be the "scoring events" (two events) and which event has to be considered as the "non-scoring event". (see also paragraph 2.1. d) and 3.3). If a skater/couple fails to announce the additional non-scoring event until the a.m. deadline, the Chairman of the ISU Management Commission is entitled to decide.