Tracking ISU and U.S. Figure Skating Events, Issues and Governance
The Rostelecom Cup came and went with great success for Russian Figure Skating and hot debates in social media over the results. Regardless of the drama, the event had little impact in the team qualification standings.
Russia gained 40 additional points with their win in ice dance, bringing their total to 4,471 points. They remain in 3rd place behind the USA. Italy gained 36 points with a silver medal performance by Carolina Kostner, keeping them in 4th place with 3,614 points.
A unique aspect of the qualification system played out for Ukraine, who lost 34 points this week. This is due to the fact that they had previously counted in their total a Junior Grand Prix result for Ice Dancing. That no longer counts after the top 8 finish in ice dance by their team at Rostelecom Cup.
However, the placement earned by the ice dance team brought 34 points less than the junior team had earned prior in the Junior Grand Prix. Ukraine remains comfortably in 9th place with 1,528 total points.
In two weeks, the Grand Prix Final will offer one last chance to increase team point tallies and change rankings, particularly amongst the top three nations of Canada, United States, and Russia, all of whom will have a healthy-sized group at the final.
The ten teams mathematically guaranteed to qualify are: Canada, United States, Russia, Italy, France, China, Japan, Germany, 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