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Jarrett
12-27-2010, 04:42 PM
I agree, I wouldn't have even guessed that was Kimmie. I gotta say it is a huge improvement for me.

Sylvia
12-28-2010, 07:36 PM
Long Island Newsday article (Dec. 25) on Samantha Cesario (she's been dealing with "inflammation around a disc in her back"): http://www.newsday.com/sports/cesario-preps-for-figure-skating-nationals-1.2569236

Lansing (MI) State Journal article on Hannah Miller (Mids Novice gold medalist, age 14) that includes video: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20101227/NEWS01/12270314/1001/NEWS
(Her father, Kevin, was a pro hockey player who was on Team USA at the 1988 Calgary Olympics.)

Baltimore Sun article on Allison Timlen (Easterns Junior gold medalist, age 15): http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-12-24/sports/bs-sp-figure-skaters-20101224_1_long-program-short-program-denise-cahill
(I'm very glad to hear she's decided to change her FS - at Easterns I thought the music was too heavy for her.)

I am cross-posting these article links in the 2011 US Nationals forum in Kiss and Cry (as well as on my blog's Nationals page).

MrLucky
12-28-2010, 08:26 PM
Yes, such nice, smooth skating. :)

Everybody likes Kimmie - and I have heard that red dogs love her ;)

RD
12-28-2010, 09:13 PM
Thanks for the articles Sylvia.

smarts1
12-29-2010, 03:11 AM
Does anyone else think it's a little odd that Cesario's goal at Nationals this year is to crack top 6? At least she's ambitious.

Sylvia
12-29-2010, 03:13 AM
Does anyone else think it's a little odd that Cesario's goal at Nationals this year is to crack top 6? At least she's ambitious.
Most skaters like to set lofty goals for themselves, so I don't think it's odd.

RD
12-29-2010, 03:13 AM
Does anyone else think it's a little odd that Cesario's goal at Nationals this year is to crack top 6? At least she's ambitious.

That's exactly the type of ambition I wish more skaters would make known. I think Mel Bulanhagui (sp?) also is reaching for that mark.

Jenna
12-29-2010, 03:15 AM
Hey it might be possible...she is the Eastern champion. Last year Amanda Dobbs came out of nowhere! Samantha is a lovely skater and has the necessary jump content, but she needs to avoid downgrades and under-rotations to be in the hunt.

Sylvia
12-29-2010, 03:16 AM
Thanks for the articles Sylvia.
You're welcome! I like to find/read/watch local media coverage of figure skaters, and it's to be expected that the majority of these type of articles will focus on making the skater "look good" and be "extra positive." :)

RD
12-29-2010, 03:18 AM
You're welcome! I like to find/read/watch local media coverage of figure skaters, and it's to be expected that the majority of these type of articles focus on making the skater "look good." :)

I notice. ;)

It's nice to get a perspective on someone other than the Big Five, too.

chipso1
12-29-2010, 03:20 AM
Does anyone else think it's a little odd that Cesario's goal at Nationals this year is to crack top 6? At least she's ambitious.

I don't think it's such a far-fetched goal. She appears to be getting stronger as the season goes on, and can usually be counted on her land her jumps. If she can avoid downgrades like she did (for the most part) at Easterns, she could do very well.

RD
12-29-2010, 03:32 AM
Strange things happen, and HAVE happened. Like Britney Rizo making the final LP group in 2009(I think that was the year).

haribobo
12-29-2010, 03:37 AM
Top 7 are likely to be Siraj, Zawadzki, Gao, and you know the rest. But if Siraj has a repeat of JGPF and Flatt skates like GPF...or similar scenarios with some of the others......any of Cesario, Baga, Zhang, Dobbs, Lam, or a couple others could slip into the top 6. Not really so far fetched at all.

RD
12-29-2010, 03:41 AM
I'd even argue that if Zawadki skates like she did in the GP, she won't be in the top 6/7.

chipso1
12-29-2010, 04:10 AM
I'd even argue that if Zawadki skates like she did in the GP, she won't be in the top 6/7.

Even with her poor GP free skate showings, Agnes is still a top 6 U.S. senior lady, IMO. She has the 3rd highest SP score (behind Czisny and Nagasu), and has been hovering around the high 90s for very poor free skates. With the inconsistency of the other U.S. ladies, I think her huge 3T+3T and positive GOEs will keep her among the top 5/6.