American figure skater Isabella Tobias has been denied Lithuanian citizenship by the country’s president after a Constitutional Court said they don’t hand out citizenship based on “future merit.”
President Grybauskaitė added that the ruling should not be second-guessed, then probably slow-clapped.
Tobias, 21, had hoped to compete with her partner, Lithuanian skater Deividas Stagniunas, at next year’s Sochi Games in Russia. The pair finished with a bronze in ice dancing at Skate America in 2011.
“We are devastated,” the pair posted on their Facebook page Monday.
Of course, it’s not unprecedented for the government to get involved in ice dancing: Tanith Belbin’s American citizenship in-time for the 2006 Games required an act of congress. But I like Grybauskaitė’s hard and fast “no,” especially since Tobias has previously represented Georgia, but never America.
But seriously, you’re 21. Pick a country and stick with it.