I'd like to see this:
Japan: Baga (1) and Wang (1) [both officially assigned]
Sheffield: Gong (2) and Cesario (2) [official, right?]
Germany: Gao (2) and TBA
Ostrava: Siraj (2) and TBA
[dunno if Siraj and Gao are assigned where, but assuming both will get an assignment, and likely not together]
This is where it gets interesting. If both Baga and Wang finish in the top 4, then it's a no brainier to give them the two remaining spots. But if one doesn't do well...then I'd give it to Lam. And if neither does...I'd like to see them assign Lam to Germany, and then, if she medals send her to Ostrava. :p I don't know if that's possible, though, logistically speaking.
According to USFSA's page
Sheffield: Gong (2) and Siraj
Here's how it stands right now:
Japan: Baga and Wang [both officially assigned]
Sheffield: Gong (silver in ROU) and Siraj (silver in FRA) [official]
Germany: Gao (silver in AUT) and TBA [not official yet]
Ostrava: TBA and TBA
So, it could play out in various ways.
(A) Baga and Wang both skate excellent. One is assigned to GER, one to CZE. One spot left.
(B) Only one of 2 skates well. The higher placed skater is assigned to GER or CZE. Two spots left.
(C) Neither skates well. Various options..
In any case, there is still room left for either Jiang or Cesario to be reassigned or for Zhang or Lam to be initially assigned.
ETA: 1,000th post.
Ahhh duh, the ISU page still says Cesario for Sheffield
In any case, I'm more inclined to give Lam an initial assignment rather than giving Jiang and Cesario a second, since they are unlikely to make the final, IMO - due to easier jump content and placement (Jiang) and relatively low placement and underrotations (Cesario).
With so many strong Russians and a few good JPN ladies as well, the focus could shift to getting more of our ladies experienced...since Gao, Siraj, Wang, and Gong are the only ones with a realistic shot of making the final...and maybe Baga if she's in top form, but I'm not really expecting it. Another year, Cesario and Jiang with 4th and 5th place would still be contendors, but not really this year. We'll see what happens. Vanessa Lam made a great case for herself so far. Ashley Cain is also very strong. Lots of tough choices, but IMO V. Lam should take priority at this point.
Also does anyone know what combo Baga is planning for her SP? I know last year she did 3s-2t, so maybe she is doing that again or trying for 3f-2t? I personally think 3t-3t could be a smart choice for her where her 3t is a very strong and consistent jump for her while the 3f and 3s aren't as much, she looks like she could easily pull off a 3t-3t.
I think it would be smart for Kiri Baga to focus on skating a clean SP in Japan next week even if it means doing an "easier" combo that's consistent, especially since the 3Lo is a new jump in competition for her this season. Her latest tweet today:
ETA: I've cross-posted the above in the Japan JGP thread in Kiss and Cry: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...45#post2879445I'm leaving for Japan on Tuesday! I'm working new technique on my jumps this year and I want to show everyone in Japan how they've improved.
Let's try and keep the specific JGP pre-event discussion there instead of here.
Last edited by Sylvia; 09-19-2010 at 12:13 AM.
Felicia Zhang officially has received her first JGP assignment in singles -- Dresden, Germany with Christina Gao. That means there are now 2 spots left in Ostrava, CZE.
*Sigh* I was kind of hoping Lam would get the nod over Zhang. Felicia hasn't done a full (singles) competition all summer, and Lam has been incredibly impressive so far. Oh well.
Kind of surprised to see Zhang assigned to Dresden, especially since she was already assigned to Skate America with Taylor. Today must be a very good day for her!
The event in Japan will be crucial for Baga and Wang. If they both medal, I think they will both be assigned to the Czech Republic.
Question: Does the USFSA need to make their assignments before Zhang competes in Germany? It's possible that she could do better than one of Baga and Wang.
Zhang has skated her short and her long at two events and her results there plus her nationals ranking are solid enough to warrant a spot. Besides, we have seen two girls with great club comp scores who got credited with only one triple at their jgp, so the summer event scores may not tell all.
ETA: She's lucky with her SA assignment and her bye though.
Last edited by jlai; 09-21-2010 at 11:51 PM.