And the aim can't just be the podium. That's the whole point of developing skaters. You have to give them a chance to get out there, especially when there is minimal cost since it's domestic. There are so many European competitions that have a significant portion being skaters from the host countries. It's just another opportunity for skaters to gain competition experience, which is invaluable.They probably weren't expecting that the singles field would be one where the Canadians would perform well, based on the initial entry lists. Probably the aim was to medal in pairs and ice dance with Marjorie/Zachary. But ice is slippery and there were withdrawals. This should be a good lesson that if you send the single skaters out, they can do well even if they aren't expected to.
Plus they can get moments like this!