I don't think it's useful or accurate to compare scores across summer club competitions. Christina Gao, being on the JGP, has to be ready for the new season much earlier than Ashley Wagner, so their training schedules and goals are quite different at this point of the season.
It's not Zhang or Czisny who Gao will have to beat for the US title you're telling us she'll win. She'll face Nagasu, Wagner , Flatt & Zawadzki, who have all beat her rather easily in the past.
Look, she's a very talented young skater at this point. She might as well medal or even win at US nationals at this point, who knows? Like any other skater, she has strength and flaws. But saying that she'll win US Nationals and make the World team is really putting the cart before the horse at this point in time.
There's always inflation to consider, love. It occurs all the time on the national level, and in club competitions as well, hate to break it to you.
Caroline scored 105.68 at 4CCs this past season. Not 107, but this was a really terrible season for her. Time will tell if it continues that way.
She's the only American ladies' skater who made the GPF last season.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
(It sure would be nice if all the non-Kimmie discussion could move to another more relevant thread...)
Further I think US ladies skating in general has been in a bit of a rut recently, Flatt is a good competitor and consistent and Nagasu is finally starting to get recognized for her talent, but apart from those two, it just seems like the rest if the top tier of US ladies (Wagner, Zhang, Czisny...) just aren't up to snuff with the top ladies internationally, even when they falter. That's why I'm hyping Christina, she may not be there yet, but I think she has the ability to go farther than Zhang, Czisny, Wagner, and likely even Flatt ever have/will.
Not that this is indicative of Kimmie skating in 2010/11 or not, but her IceNetwork bio hasn't been updated with music choices since last season:
However, she is still one of the 28 ladies listed in the USFS International Selection Pool, so it's still likely that she could compete this season. I'm still hoping she wants to give it one more try!SP Music: "Un ange passe" by Alain Lefevre
FS Music: "Siciliana" from Ottorino Respighi's Suite No. 3 and music from Romeo and Juliet performed by various orchestras
Speaking of Meissner, no indication of whether she is training or not. I imagine she is still skating but I don't know if she is serious about trying to re-qualify for Nationals. I dunno what her motivation would be, really, as a past winner of both the National and World championship.
Last edited by RD; 08-02-2010 at 03:49 AM.
Yeah, back to Kimmie - which regions would she be competing out of, if she does go through Regionals/Sectionals?