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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Amodio out of 2014 Worlds

His call? The French Federation's idea? Either way, Florent Amodio joins the list of skaters who will not be competing in Saitama next week. Reports in the French press indicate that Amodio feels that he needs to recover from a difficult and disappointing season before he can compete successfully again. Of course, the last time a French skater had a disappointing Olympic experience, things went much better at Worlds...

But history can't always repeat itself. With Joubert done and no other options, Chafik Bessghier will be the lone French man to compete at Worlds this year. He is also making his Worlds debut, due to the idiotic decision not to use all three spots that France had in 2013. Can he make the top ten and keep two spots for 2015? It's doubtful, but maybe he will rise to the occasion.

As for Amodio, I wish him well, and hope that he will finally find a coach and choreographer who will allow him to realize his potential - because really, this past Olympic quad has mostly been a sad waste of a great talent.

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