Monday, August 9

How much of an indicator are summer comps for the season to come?

They can't be much of an indicator. One of the best examples I can think of is when Joannie Rochette competed in the Quebec Summer Championships in 2004 and missed almost every single jump in her free skate, to finish third. That prompted Manon Perron to dump Rochette, and Joannie went on to win a Grand Prix event, finish third place at the Grand Prix Final, and skate a perfectly clean free skate at Nationals. 

The summer comps are good for the Federations to see how well along programs are coming as well as see what kind of shape the skaters are in early on (and for some skaters this means assignments to fall competitions), but we really shouldn't look that much into them.

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