Tracking ISU and U.S. Figure Skating Events, Issues and Governance
A fantastic competition and debut for French dance team Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat resulted in more than just a Cup of China title over World Bronze Medalists Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia.
Their winning performance, along with the additional points brought in by French pair Daria Popova and Bruno Massot for their 8th place finish moved France from eighth to fifth in the unofficial team results. France gained in total 471 points this weekend, bringing their team total to 3,281 points.
Despite no representation in Beijing, Canada continues its dominance of the leaderboard with an unchanged 5,248 points. The USA remains in second, also with an unchanged tally of 4,554 points. Closing in on the USA with two 2nd place finishes this weekend is Russia, thanks to Maxim Kovtun and the previously mentioned Bobrova and Soloviev. Russia has 4,431 points and is quickly closing in on the USA at just 123 points behind.
It is important to remember that only a nation’s single best result in each of the four disciplines over the entire course of the Grand Prix series (including Final) counts toward the team tally.
As an example, Canada is counting the win of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir from Skate Canada and the 400 points for their ice dance result. Despite a fine performance from Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in that same event for 2nd place, points are not awarded as Canada already achieved the maximum result from Virtue and Moir’s winning performance.
In addition, only nations that qualified an athlete/couple into at least three out of the four disciplines in Sochi can be considered for participation in the team event. Twelve nations met this requirement, and based on the rules for earning points, we know with certainty the ten teams that qualify at this time.
These teams are: Canada, United States, Russia, Italy, France, China, Germany, Japan, Ukraine, and Great Britain. The final official team qualification results will be published by the ISU at the conclusion of the ISU Senior Grand Prix Final in December.
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The Standings have been computed based upon the ISU Qualification System for XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014 Annex A – Olympic Figure Skating Team Event
Article and Point Computations provided by Patrick Ryan (EA, MBA, Accountant) for Blazing Blades Skating News Blog