I understood the reasoning when the commentators were talking about it, but the explains it better than I can:Originally Posted by lobeck;3294100;
WCSN Blogs » Blog Archive » Skating toward L.A., and without Johnny WeirWhen he won bronze at last year’s world figure skating championships in Sweden, Johnny Weir helped nail down a third spot for the American men at this year’s world championships, in March in Los Angeles.
So, even though Weir finished fifth at the U.S. Figure Skating championships, which wrapped up Sunday in Cleveland, Jeremy Abbott winning, 18-year-old Brandon Mroz second, 2007 and 2008 U.S. champion Evan Lysacek third, there’s an argument that Weir deserved to go to Los Angeles.
What really sucks, is that Weir could have withdrawn from this year's competition because of his illness, and he would have probably automatically been given a spot on the team because of his placement last year. Instead, by having the guts to tough it out and and consequently performing poorly, he loses out. Hardly seems fair, but then it wouldn't be any more fair to deny the top three finishers either. I'm glad I don't have to make that decision.