This is the 3rd straight year Christina Gao has finished 5th at Nationals. While after a difficult season that actually might have served as a personal victory of sorts for her, one has to wonder what she has to do to ever truly break into the U.S elite or be in contention for the World team. She is still young, talented, and hard working. However Agnes Zawadzki has left her in her dust at the moment, and is clearly seen as more of a future hopeful, while Gracie Gold is now emerging. That is not to mention all the reasonably young skaters still going strong like Wagner, Zhang, and Nagasu (well not so much this year, lol), and the strong vets who the U.S are still very high on like Czisny. It would seem if she doesnt make a move soon she is in danger of getting lost in the shuffle. What does she need to do in order to breakthrough.