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    Tchernyshev to apply for Canadian Citizenship

    Here's the link from Skate Canada spokespeople making it official - Peter Tchernyshev will apply for Canadian citizenship so that he and Shae can compete and represent Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

    http://www.canada.com/sports/skating...7-7AA45E051C71

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    I'm sure the other top Canadian ice dance teams are jumping for joy over this news!

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    Wow. I can't believe they're really serious. Tehy won't even be able to compete internationally until the 2006 season. I don't think that bodes well for them. Can he get citizenship that fast? he isn't even a resident of this country. I wonder if they'll have to move.

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    I don't think its even possible for Peter to get his citizenship in time for the '06 Olympics. Its only a year-and-a-half away. I'm not sure what the requriements are for Canadian citizenship, but It doesn't seem like he'd be able to get it that soon.

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    It looks like Peter is on his way to becoming a one man United Nations .

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    So now he's going to jump from US citizen to Canadian. Ok.........

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    Not being a Canadian citizen myself, I have no idea about the laws, but over on FSU they are saying that it takes only about a year of residency to gain citizenship, which Peter could easily obtain and probably has already started.

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    Being an American Patriot,

    I consider this a slap in the face to those Americans whom truly value their citizenship in this country......and defend it when need be (aka military)......and do not take it lightly. Obviously, the aforementioned skater does not, as seen by his "actions". As that old saying goes actions speak louder than words.

    Peace & Love, Nadine

    P.S. If this was the first time he did it (i.e. switched countries), I'd let it go, but, no, this will be his second time (aka Russia to USA to Canada). What's next! Some people will sell out their country at any cost. JMHO.

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    Citzenship

    He's not "selling out" his country - he's abiding by stupid rules in order to do the thing he loves.
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    Why not Ben?

    Anyone have any idea why Ben didn't choose to apply for Canadian citizenship instead of Tanith applying for USA citizenship?
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    There were lots of good Ice Dance teams in Canada at the time that Ben and Tanith got together, while the US hadn't much beyond Lang/Tchernyshev.

    OTOH, maybe Ben didn't want to give up his US citizenship.

    According to Canadian citizenship rules, a person has to be a permanent resident of Canada, and have been living in Canada for at least 3 of the 4 years prior to applying for citizenship.

    Peter would have to apply for citizenship immediately, and that means that he would have to have lived in Canada since 2001. As Peter was still skating with Naomi in January of 2004 and was not living in Canada up to that time, there is no way that he can meet the residence requirement, at least not for Turin in 2006.

    2010 is possible, but then Peter will be 39, and who knows if his body will hold out. He has had physical problems that kept L/T out of at least one GP series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linny
    Anyone have any idea why Ben didn't choose to apply for Canadian citizenship instead of Tanith applying for USA citizenship?
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    AFAIK, there were more factors. Ben's parents did not want him to give up his US citizenship, and since they train in the US, it would have been difficult to have Ben live in Canada and commute to the US for training so he could meet the residency requirements...something like that.

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    Frankly, I think it's time to let the younger Canadian ice dancers have their turn at the top and on the World team. They live and train in Canada and it's time they had the opportunity to represent their country. They've earned it. If I were them, I'd be upset if Peter snagged citizenship under these circumstances. Shae-Lynn has had enough glory already. Move on and skate PRO.
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    If Peter T. takes his American citizenship that lightly, then I think he's a dope. In addition, he won't qualify unless he's moved to the head of the line and some of the requirements are wavied, and that isn't fair to others. I find the whole idea of expediting citizenship applications for sports considerations to be corrupt. Besides I have a feeling that Shae Lynn only wants to compete again to get even with Victor, who dumped her when he thought their competing days were over, since he didn't share her touring ambition, but kept silent until he shocked her by walking out. If this is Shae Lynn's way of dishing out some payback, then is Peter stupid to let himself be used in this manner. Or as some have suggested, did he dump Naome to try to hook up with Shae Lynn? Does citizenship mean anything to him at all, or is he an just an opportunist?
    I'd welcome them as a PRO dance pair, but with all this citizenship stuff etc. I won't be thrilled to see them competing for Canada or the USA. Wouldn't it be funny if they go through all that and then don't make the Canadain World or Olympic team, and wind up skating PRO anyway?

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    I wish there didn't HAVE to be this fuss over citizenship. Surely as long as one of the partners is a citizen, does it matter if they both are? I agree with having to sit out a season if you change countries, but surely one should be able to dance (or pairs skate) and compete with whomever one choses- a good partnership is hard to find in any country.
    But if the rules are as they are, then people will do what they have to do- and if that means changing citizenship, then more power to them. The fault is in the rules, not in the people- would Peter change his citizenship if he could dance with Shae and compete? I doubt it.

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