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American figure skater denied Lithuanian citizenship

Jan 8, 2013, 9:59 AM EST

AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File

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.