When the World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships begin Friday in Mississauga, Ont., one of the two U.S. teams that should be competing will be sitting at home.
Why? Because U.S. Figure Skating came up with some kind of justification, which it has not revealed, for abrogating its own rules. Those rules may have been poorly written, but they left no doubt about one of the teams that belongs at the junior worlds, as I first pointed out in a story posted Feb. 17.
The rules say that in the case of both senior and junior synchro world championship selections, the teams “must include the current U.S. champion.” (The emphasis is mine.)
The team left out, the Chicago Jazz, was the current U.S. champion when the selections were made.
Based on that, the Jazz filed a grievance with USFS.
I learned last week the grievance was denied and, since then, I have been trying without success via multiple emails to get an official USFS response about the situation.Read More