Yes, SkateFan66, if you enjoy Evan's skating that is a good argument, especially with him being OGM. However, I think he's already hurt himself by not coming back at Skate America, and the other question of how competitive he will actually be now after taking a year off, has yet to be answered. Jeremy Abbott has two great programs this season, and perhaps he has the best chance of competing for a top three spot at Worlds. Of course, it won't be easy. But who thinks it will be easy for Evan either? IMO, Abbott being left off the 2011 Worlds team damaged U.S. chances to retain 3 spots. The guys who were sent did not perform horribly but were low-balled in the scoring, and unfortunately the judges were not buying Ryan's quads making him a Worlds challenger, plus he didn't perform to his best ability anyway.
I think Evan and his coach worked CoP strategy very effectively, and Evan has been the ultimate hard worker b/c as he admitted in a DWTS segment, he realized early on as a skater that some of his competitors may have had more natural talent, and that it was harder for him being a tall skater. Frank was successful in helping Evan use his height to advantage, but IMHO, Evan does not excel at presentation and artistry, despite being highly rewarded on PCS by the judges. It's not for nothing that Jeremy Abbott won Nationals twice ahead of Evan, who was the favorite (and the defending Nats champ too in 2009, when Abbott won his first U.S. title).