Count me as someone else who likes Rachael. She certainly has weaknesses, but I find her skating enjoyable. Her enthusiasm on the ice and evident love for skating always makes me want to root for her.
Well the US Ladies Field may be "Deep" but so is a cow barn! Deep in manure!
Not an inspiring skater in the bunch.
IMHO it will be 3-5 more years before we get some inspiration from a US lady.
The US Men and Dance are far more impressive!
My job requires me to be a juggler, but that does not mean that I enjoy working with clowns.
Agnes Zawadzki had a very good SP (60.48) but a not-as-good FS (97.00) at SW Regionals last week. It will be interesting to see how she does in her GP debut at Skate Canada.
In other countries maybe female skaters continue to compete and do well through their late 20s, but in the US, it seems like most skaters find success very young. I mean, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski, Sarah Hughes, Kimmie Meissner, Emily Hughes....they achieved their biggest titles when they were around 16. Sasha won silver at the Olympics when she was 21, but was much better IMO when she was 15, 16, 17. Alissa already had her great season - it was in 2005, when she was 18. Caroline may never recapture the glory she won during her junior days. Flatt and Wagner are good but come 2014 there will probably be a boatload of skaters comparable to them. There is just so much competition in the US.
I honestly think the 2014 Olympic team will consist of Christina, Mirai and either Yasmin or Agnes.
Ashley has been injury free for the past 4 years but hasn't really done much, which is what concerns me. I think her tendency to make mistakes in the SP results in her being marked more harshly in the FS, where she usually skates well. If she could become a better SP skater, I think she'd be able to earn marks in the FS that are quite competitive on the international stage.
Kwan never won world silver as a 14 year old. Her first medal was gold, and she was 15 that year.