> "American Kwan did not compete in any of the six Grand Prix events nor
> in the final this season, but International Skating Union president
> Ottavio Cinquanta said on Friday the ISU wants her back in the series
> next season. "We cannot force skaters to compete but we have the right
> not to permit them to take part in Open International competitions," he
> said. These events are sanctioned by the ISU. ""
> "Cinquanta rejected a suggestion the ISU might be too demanding of its
> "We want them to compete in two Grand Prix series events, the series
> final, the European or Four Continents Championship and the world
> championship - five events.
> "We do not think asking them to compete in five events is too
> demanding," he said"
Further proof that this guy is living on some other planet than the rest of
us. Five events probably isn't too much for some skaters but probably is too
much for others. Some skaters would burn right out doing something this
demanding and we'd lose whatever wonderful qualities in skating they would
have brought to amateur competition. Do we really want amateur skating to
belong only to those with the greatest physical endurance? There has got to
be a more reasonable way to level the playing field than this. And these are
*amateurs* for heaven's sake -- did it ever enter his mind that some of these
skaters, even at the elite level, might want to have something resembling a
life? That many still would like to acquire some education while they are
maturing? How will they be able to do anything but train and compete for a
substantial part of the year if this fruitcake gets his way?
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