18.99s wrote:The problem is more with the shortening of the qualifying window than the level of the standards per se. By eliminating the peak performance periods from the previous season, they've created situations where actual medalists from the previous year may find themselves unable to attain the A during the restrictive qualifying window.
I disagree. I'd rather have softer standards with a shorter qualifying window than tougher standards and a longer period to attain them. In the latter case you end up with a bunch of qualified athletes who were indeed in excellent shape last year, but are nowhere near that form now, while people with much better chances of doing well stay home.