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insideedgeua
01-20-2013, 08:25 AM
Interesting thought about Brown. Any reason in particular? He did a 3A in the short at the GPF but not in the long, and I can't believe he has a quad.

Really like his skating, but your prediction seems awfully optimistic. Do you know something we don't? Have you talked with his coach or seen him skate recently?

He has no trouble with the 3A now ( very consistent). I watched him land his first clean quad toes just over two weeks ago. Lots of people cheering him on. This is still fairly new though and I doubt you will see it at Nationals.

misskarne
01-20-2013, 09:55 AM
He has no trouble with the 3A now ( very consistent). I watched him land his first clean quad toes just over two weeks ago. Lots of people cheering him on. This is still fairly new though and I doubt you will see it at Nationals.

:swoon:

pinky166
01-20-2013, 06:58 PM
Here's my prediction:

Abbott
Miner
Rippon
Brown
Farris
Dornbush
Aaron
Armin
Messing
Razzano
Cassar
Carriere
Mroz
Choate
Warren

JMHO. I think Brown is going to surprise everyone. :)

Brown historically skates well at Nationals, but he'll need his 3a this year to do that most likely. I have no doubt it's really nice in practice, but sometimes it takes a while for a jump to get competition ready. I also hate his SP, though his FS is :swoon: lovely. Also I'll be surprised if Rippon ends up that high, it seems the 3a is still a problem and he's abandoned his quad attempts thus far this season (not like they were ever very close last season anyways though), I think if they all skate to their abilities, Aaron, Messing, Farris, and Mahbanoozadeh will all finish ahead of Rippon, and maybe Brown too. I also think Dornbush will finish pretty high so long as he doesn't implode. I don't think he'll be perfect, but if he keeps it together well enough I expect he'd at least finish in the top 6.

My prediction:

Miner
Abbott
Aaron
Dornbush
Farris
Messing
Mahbanoozadeh
Brown
Rippon
Carriere
Johnson
Razzano
Cassar
Warren
Hochstein
Mroz
Choate
Brewster
Rabbit

Sylvia
01-22-2013, 06:08 AM
^^^ Rabbitt is the correct spelling and you forgot Wesley Campbell.

Pre-Nationals article titled "Aaron will leave nothing on table": http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130120&content_id=41057062&vkey=ice_news

olympic
01-22-2013, 12:29 PM
^^^ Rabbitt is the correct spelling and you forgot Wesley Campbell.

Pre-Nationals article titled "Aaron will leave nothing on table": http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130120&content_id=41057062&vkey=ice_news

Thanks, Sylvia. I'm very encouraged that Max realizes he needs to focus on his PCS.

maureenfarone
01-22-2013, 12:46 PM
Thanks Sylvia for the link to the interview with Armin. I really enjoyed reading it!

Sylvia
01-22-2013, 05:38 PM
You're welcome! Here's a pre-Nationals interview with Grant Hochstein in which he discusses his move out to California, improving consistency on the 3A and practicing the 4T this past fall: http://icemusings.blogspot.com/2013/01/hochstein-headed-to-omaha-with-new-team.html

SkateFan66
01-22-2013, 06:00 PM
You're welcome! Here's a pre-Nationals interview with Grant Hochstein in which he discusses his move out to California, improving consistency on the 3A and practicing the 4T this past fall: http://icemusings.blogspot.com/2013/01/hochstein-headed-to-omaha-with-new-team.html

Thank you Sylvia! I can always count on you to provide interesting information on lots of skaters.

Nationals should be very interesting.... lots of talented skaters working very hard to be the very best that they can be. :)

Sylvia
01-23-2013, 07:36 PM
You're welcome, SkateFan66! That's one of the reasons I started this general news thread for the U.S. Men in GSD -- so I could post articles on some of the unheralded or lesser-known but still talented guys.

Since the Junior Men's competition is over, I will post this article about 12-year-old Vincent Zhou's big win last night: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130123&content_id=41110054&vkey=ice_news
Zhou has won 3 consecutive National titles (Intermediate in 2011, Novice in 2012 and now Junior this year) but will not be old enough for the JGP until the fall of 2014! The new U.S. Novice men's champ, Tomoki Hiwatashi, 13, is older than the Junior men's champ! :lol:

One more men's preview article - Ross Miner: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130122&content_id=41094978&vkey=ice_news

maureenfarone
01-24-2013, 03:46 PM
I really like Ross Miner this year. Tom Dickson's choreography has given him a much better look. He really sold the FS at his GPs and I was impressed. Go Ross!

Skittl1321
01-25-2013, 08:14 PM
Icenetwork article on jeremy:
http://web.icenetwork.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130125&content_id=41165246&vkey=ice_news



"I found out today that one of my spins doesn't count; it's a level zero," Abbott said. "We have to change the spins in both of my programs, because it was the same [in both]."

I swear I read a few people on FSU saying this after a send off show (about the flying upright), and others dismissing it as "maybe it was for the exhibition" (yep, this thread on the 13th). Glad he found out! So who was it from the board who told him after practice??? The way he says how he found out is very :sekret:

Lacey
01-25-2013, 08:19 PM
Wow, that's kind of an incredible (but true) story. maybe one of the callers spoke up at practice?

Vagabond
01-25-2013, 08:26 PM
And now we know which top U.S. skater doesn't read posts about himself on FSU. :hat1:

Skittl1321
01-25-2013, 08:26 PM
See, I feel like if it was a caller, he would have said "an official pointed out to me after practice that my spin didn't count". Instead he talks about how grateful he is someone mentioned it. That just sounds like a weird way of putting it if it wasn't some FSU fan, who found his team and was all "um, so you know you're getting no points on that spin, right?"

Although it probably was someone from USFS... I'm going to keep pretending.

What would be really interesting is if it was another coach. You have to wonder what coaches would do in that position- they notice another skater is about to screw themselves, do you say something, or do you see your skater getting an advantage?

snoopyskater
01-25-2013, 08:56 PM
It doesn't make Yuka and Jason look very good from a coaching standpoint to have missed something big like that. As top level coaches, they should be keeping up with this.