I guess the hard thing for a lot of people to accept is why God would allow me to go running through their yards, yelling and spinning around.
query5 seems like a less fun, angrier version of esta. I dissaprove.
Anyway, I agree that her Jr. World title or 4CC bronze may be the high points of her career. Yes, her jumps look much improved this season, but she doesn't seem to be enjoying skating at all. I hope to see continued improvement come Nationals and next season. I'm not ready to give up on her completely, but I'm not quite sure how she fits into the U.S. ladies picture in regards to making a WC team or winning another ISU championship medal.
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The problem I see at the moment is while her jumps are getting better, her speed hasnt really improved, and while some of her spins like the Pearl Spin are still spectacular some arent what they had been before at the moment. Still she has many special qualities. It would be a shame if such a talented skater did not win atleast one World medal- even if a bronze. To me she is a standout skater, even with her flaws. And given her age she could be around another 7.5 years as an amateur as I said.
2007-Kimmie placed 4th
2008-US Champ and silver medalist were too young, US bronze medalist Ashley placed 15th
2009-Alissa placed 10th
2010 Rachel placed 9th
Aside from Kimmie's 4th place, none of those placements are very good for the top US lady.
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^ Alissa's victory in 09 was a big spoof. Rachael's US title in 10 was somewhat of a controversy. Ashley had little experience in 08.
Aside from that, I think the emphasis goes on getting back 3 OLYMPIC SPOTS. The point of the team that went to worlds in 09 was to obtain 3 spots for the olympic team in 2010. One big blunder was sending Alissa instead of Caroline. (I also believe Alissa placed 11th at 09 Worlds, not 10th--I believe Elene was 10th).
I'm pretty certain that Caroline could have at least matched Alissa's technical content in LA, even if Caroline bombed, because Alissa fell twice in the short and only landed 3 clean ratified triples in the long.
When I watched Zhang's latest programs on Youtube I was expecting the jump technique to be significantly bettr due to all the comments I read about it on FSU, but honestly I see the same sloppy wobbly landings and the same ridiculous mule kick.
That and she's gotten rather wide across the shoulder and put on a whole bunch of weight. She's grown a whole lot but her artistry is still that of a 12 year old.
Now she doesn't have the flexibility she used to have so she doesn't even have her "wow" moves and her spins are noticeably slower.
When Zhang first came onto the scene I thought she might become one of my favorites, a new Sasha Cohen perhaps, despite the fact that I'm vocal about despising her personality I've always expected to liking her skating. However...not only iss he dull and flat, her technique sucks and she's now lost the cuteness of the "baby princess" skater, bulked up in a non-elegant fashion and lost her few "wow" moves.
She'll never get over all those obstacles. Most skaters who have crappy jump technique at least have redeeming artistry, or a good personality you can really root for. This girl has absolutely *nothing*.
I don't understand why you have to be so disparaging. She is trying! Improvements don't take place overnight; Joannie took 2 seasons to correct her lutz. I'm frankly astonished at the progress on her jumps, I thought she would never be able to correct them. She has also grown a lot; I didn't recognize her at all at NHK. It's going to take a while for her to get used to it.
I think we've seen the best of Caroline because there's a huge number of talented juniors both in the US as well as internationally, plus the current seniors. I hope she proves me otherwise though.
^ This quad is certainly going to be VERY interesting. The US has like a billion newcomers and 5 top senior ladies. Russia has its jumping beans. Japan is still holding strong with Miki, Asada, and Suzuki. And besides that everyone is working on their jump technique...
Hello, the USA had to send a B team to 2008 worlds due to age limits so no one could expect us to qualify 3 girls for 2009 worlds doing that.
Czisny is definitely to blame for costing the USA 3 spots for the 2010 Olympics. Was it to much to ask from her to finish top 8 when she went into the event as our champion? Obviously it was.
Well, lottery is a thing of equiprobability, every number as the same probability to appear. This is not the same with our body.
Sorry, but we all have qualities and flaws, Caroline has no power, that's a fact ! She can improve, but I don't think she will ever be good in term of power.
So, I can add : IMO, her jumps will never be good.
And really, if she can have good jumps, I'll be happy for her !
Wow only 2 people think Zhang will win a World title someday. That is very surprising.