The Countdown to Worlds, part VI

I am very excited to be descending upon L.A. in March with CJ and a duo of friends to experience the World Championships LIVE! Two of us will be staying at the Magic Castle hotel in Hollywood, which unfortunately appears to be neither magic, nor a castle… but, rather a name to lure in droves of tourist families. I had been daydreaming about making it to the Vancouver Olympics, but the pieces didn’t fall into place, so the Worlds is the perfect runner-up event. The sounds of the recent Grammys may still be echoing in Staples Arena when we arrive (pause for a moment of adoration for J-Hud and Adele.) Although, the stars this time will be of a different sort.

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• With the exception of an Olympic medal, a World title is the highest honor in figure skating.

• The magical number “13” determines how many skaters in a given discipline will be sent to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games! Based on the outcome of medal finishes and final placements, if they add up to 13 or less, then three skaters can be sent to compete in that division. [Example: A silver medal (2); a fourth place finish (4) and a seventh place finish (7) = 13).] If they don’t, then a country can only send 2 skaters in a discipline.

Skating fans are quite worried about the ladies’ competition in this regard. It would be the first time in at least a decade that the US would only have two spots at the Olympics for ladies, if we don’t have a good showing. And, although very talented, Czisny is inconsistent, and Flatt is still green and a bit uninspired. If only we could “WONDER-TWIN-POWER!!!… Form of ladies’ champion… artistic, inspiring, AND consistent!” The pair’s division also only has two spots at Worlds, but this is much more common for the U.S. team.

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The U.S. Team we’ll be enjoying in L.A. is comprised of:

Ladies Division: Alissa Czisny (Bowling Green, OH), Rachael Flatt (Del Mar, CA)

Dance Division: Meryl Davis/Charlie White (West Bloomfield, MI/Bloomfield, MI), Emily Samuelson/Evan Bates (Novi, MI/Ann Arbor, MI), and Tanith Belbin/Ben Agosto (Kirkland, QC/Chicago, IL)

Mens Division: Jeremy Abbott (Aspen, CO), Evan Lysacek (Los Angeles, CA), Brandon Mroz (St. Louis, MO)

Pairs Division: Caydee Denney/Jeremy Barrett (Wesley Chapel, FL/Venice, FL), Keauna McLaughlin/Rockne Brubaker (Los Angeles, CA/Algonquin, IL)


1 comment so far

  1. Hector on

    Have fun in LA. I hope you’ll post lots of pictures of those top male contenders. I’m sure their performances will be quite inspiring!

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