04-14-2012, 02:42 AM
Honestly, since she didn't finish competing as a junior internationally last season, she should probably stick to the JGP this coming season so that she can build a rep. With Lipnitskaya and presumably Gold going senior next season, being on the JGP might give Hicks a chance to shine, especially if she has gained back her form before her injury.
04-14-2012, 03:14 AM
Highly unlikely. Her SB is not in the top 24, and her WS is very low from only having competed in 2 internationals ever (JW and JGP Brisbane), and with so many other US ladies in contention for GP spots, her only hope really would be a host spot, and I'm sure the USFS will probably give that to another skater who maybe only gets 1 GP to give them a 2nd.
Correct. Assuming no retirements or injuries, once the guaranteed skaters are out of the way, assuming a best case scenario where seeded skaters all do only 2 events and all home slots are used, there are only 8 spots left. Which will likely go towards second events for skaters like Sotnikova, Gold, Czisny, Zhang, Lipnitskaya, Tuktamysheva, Phaneuf, Zijun Li, Nagasu, and maybe a first event for Gao, Lam, and Zawadzki. If USFS allows for someone besides those skaters to be chosen for a SA spot, Cesario and Baga are other potential contendors assuming Jiang, Wang, Siraj, Cain, etc. are staying on JGP. Hicks could be a GP medal contendor regardless of all this, but I see her most likely staying on JGP anyway.
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