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cheerknithanson

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Never mind, you edited it. I kinda feel like in my opinion, they should let Ilia have a bye from that camp to go to 4CC instead to get the mins more easily. Cause then Olympics in case one of the guys tests positive, then Junior Worlds, then Worlds. Matteo Rizzo of Italy did that in 2018 and was able to win bronze and JWC. Of course I know this was during a different time where we didn’t have to worry about COVID. But I’m also pointing out that it can be done. Now if he has to go to that junior Worlds camp because it’s required, then that’s fine, but it’s going to be a lot harder to try to get the senior mins for the SP if none of the three men test positive (Which I Hope does not happen).
 

lariko

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I also want to see him compete in both JWC and WC, if possible. WC more so though, because he can't do 4CC.
 

kolyadafan2002

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I also want to see him compete in both JWC and WC, if possible. WC more so though, because he can't do 4CC.
WC being much more important of course - especially as he'll be fresh vs seniors who competed at Olympics. There's a chance he could podium at senior worlds which is a much bigger deal than winning JWC (or even a top 10 senior worlds finish)
 

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Am I a bit sad that he's not going to the Olympics? Yes. But unfortunately, the criteria had to be followed. I'm a Jason fan too so I am happy for Jason. I saw some comments on how he should go represent another country....which is ludicrous. Not all 3 of the Olympic nominees will be back for 2026. Ilia will be able to prove himself more during the next quad. As a fellow NOVAer, I have so much happiness right now on how he performed.

@cheerknithanson since you are Ilia's biggest, long time fan on this Board, you were the first person I thought of when he did so well at Nats. Congrats on your boy.:clap:Thank you for your gracious words about Jason and your understanding.

I know his fans are disappointed not to see him selected for Olys, but I am sure Ilia will do great things in the future. And the future is not that far away:)
 

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@cheerknithanson since you are Ilia's biggest, long time fan on this Board, you were the first person I thought of when he did so well at Nats. Congrats on your boy.:clap:Thank you for your gracious words about Jason and your understanding.

I know his fans are disappointed not to see him selected for Olys, but I am sure Ilia will do great things in the future. And the future is not that far away:)
I love both of them! Jason a bit more in a way, but gotta cheer on for my fellow NOVAer. Both had terrific cases, but at the end of the day, the USFSA had to go by their criteria. And Nathan and Vincent were the top 2 by their criteria. So it was going to be between Jason and Ilia.
 
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Heleng

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Ilia was the highlight of Nationals for me! I’m in the DC metro area and he’s been on my radar since Skate America last season. I was really looking forward to seeing his senior nationals debut, but WOW, I certainly wasn’t expecting that! :hap10::clap: I loved his father’s reaction in the K&C as his FS scores came up :laugh:
 

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I know people have mixed feelings about TSL, but they've just dropped an interview with Ilia. Watch it, or don't.

He needs to polish up his interview skills, but he's young and comes across as very authentic.

Most interesting tidbit - he has a six-year-old sister coming up the ranks.

To quote Yoda, "There is another."

 

cheerknithanson

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I thought it was a decent interview. I would have asked if he would skate to more rock-ish music next year. I have a framework of a FP in my head to Welcome to the Black Parade.
 

cheerknithanson

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Okay so I was doing some calculations....so if Ilia wants to do junior and senior worlds.....he would have to leave Beijing after the men's event (Which luckily it's the first solo event after the team event) if the Olympic entries all stay healthy, then come back to the Netherlands or B&H...then.....ooooo.....okay none of these sound great cause then he would have to alternate between Europe and the USA....this is not going to be easy.....
 

lariko

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He did sound like he wants to do both, and I hope he can. I guess we’ll know after Olympics craze finally dies down.
 

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A good question, since he is first Olympic alternate, so he is not going to 4cc's, and then he would have to go to the men's and women's World Junior Singles Camp, if he wants to go to junior World's. And then to Junior World's, since of course they would want to send him, if he wants to go. Camp ends Feb. 1. ...

Okay so I was doing some calculations....so if Ilia wants to do junior and senior worlds.....he would have to leave Beijing after the men's event (Which luckily it's the first solo event after the team event) if the Olympic entries all stay healthy, then come back to the Netherlands or B&H...then.....ooooo.....okay none of these sound great cause then he would have to alternate between Europe and the USA....this is not going to be easy.....

Only speculation, but ...

If USFS wants Ilia on stand-by in/near Beijing, maybe he will be excused from Junior Worlds selection camp (Jan 31 - Feb 1)?
FWIW, Knierim/Frazier are scheduled to depart for Beijing on Jan 27.

Ilia could return to U.S. as early as Feb 8, after Olympic individual men's SP?
(He would not be allowed to compete only in individual FS even if a Team USA man needed to withdraw after SP.)

Later to Europe to earn Worlds SP minimum before Feb 28 deadline.

Then possible that it would be easier for him to remain in Europe thereafter -- at least for Junior Worlds (week of Mar 7)? Maybe straight through also for Worlds (week of Mar 21)?
With USFS assisting with expenses and with finding training facilities, I hope?



For posterity, pre-Nationals articles:

(Jan 7)

(Jan 2)​

The Washington City Paper article includes this excerpt re past injuries:
To skate his potential, Malinin will need to overcome some lingering ankle problems that recently kept him from training for three weeks. He had hoped to compete in the senior men’s competition last year, but fractured his ankle after placing fifth at Skate America, an annual international competition.
Also has some fun color re the atmosphere at Championship Series Leesburg.
 
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