Figure Skating Thread

Re: Figure Skating Thread

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:54 am

IIRC, the US can send only one pair to this Winter Olympics for the Pairs Competition, unlike the three skaters we'll be allotted for the Men's Competition.
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Re: Figure Skating Thread

Postby starrydreamer » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:11 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:IIRC, the US can send only one pair to this Winter Olympics for the Pairs Competition, unlike the three skaters we'll be allotted for the Men's Competition.


That is correct. The US will send 3 skaters for men's, women's, and ice dancing. The number of skaters that can be sent to the Olympics depends on the country's international placing in each event. The US has simply not been competitive in pairs for a long time now. It was the same with ice dancing until Belbin/Agosto came on the scene and started winning everything - then there were other top couples to preserve the 3 spots. Women's lost a spot, I think, pretty recently. Ashley Wagner was part of the team that helped the US win back the third spot.

As for Hanyu, it looks like he'll be competing in the Olympics as long as his ankle has healed properly. He hasn't competed this year, but he's the reigning Olympic and World champ. Japan's Olympic committee isn't going to overlook that. And apparently there's precedent - in Turino, the US sent Michelle Kwan even though she hadn't competed all season. She ended up withdrawing, and the US flew in the first alternate, Emily Hughes. So if Hanyu isn't ready, Japan will send their first alternate.

I haven't read anything on Medvedeva since learning she was missing Grand Prix finals due to injury. She's missing Russian Nationals, though, and there are a lot of other Russian ladies chomping at the bit to go. However, if she's healthy, I imagine Russia will send her to compete as a neutral (since Russia is technically banned).
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Re: Figure Skating Thread

Postby Tessablue » Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:07 pm

Thanks for the updates, I appreciate it! I figured Hanyu would be chosen whether he prepped or not, think there'd be riots over in Japan otherwise ;)

I really hope Medvedeva goes to, and that both are at or near their best... they are both such extraordinary skaters, it wouldn't be the same without them.
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Re: Figure Skating Thread

Postby starrydreamer » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:38 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Is there such a thing as an Also Eligible for the team? Maybe Ross could be an alternate in case one of the top three can't compete?


Yup, they have alternates. Ashley Wagner, for example, is the US women's first alternate. Ross Miner is the US men's second alternate, behind Jason Brown (which I think is dumb because Miner landed a quad and Brown didn't even attempt one, IIRC).
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