Tracking ISU and U.S. Figure Skating Events, Issues and Governance
NHK Trophy has come and gone with the typical fanfare expected from the passionately devoted Japanese skating fans. The skaters did not disappoint their adoring fans in front of a mostly packed arena.
As the team qualification nears it close with only two remaining Grand Prix events and the final to earn points, little has changed in the week-to-week results. Japan moved back up from 8th to 6thPlace after pair team Narumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kihara made their debut in the pair’s event to finish eighth, earning Japan 191 points, the first points Japan has earned in pairs skating.
Japan has qualified athletes to compete in individual competitions for Ladies and Men’s Singles along with Ice Dancing. Takahashi and Kihara failed to qualify at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy competition, earning only alternate status. However, the rules for the Olympic Team Event allow a country such as Japan the ability to send one athlete/couple to complete their roster. Japan does not have any other notable pairs which make Takahashi and Kihara nearly a shoe-in for this role.
A country such as Spain cannot utilize this special quota as it is limited to one athlete/couple per qualifying nation. Spain qualified athletes in Men’s Singles and Dance, but failed to do so in Ladies and Pairs.
The ten teams mathematically guaranteed to qualify 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