Finally watched the free skate. She skated much better than what her scores indicated. Some jumps were UR but what struck me was the speed and attack she skated with. Yet she still had the maturity. Huge contrast to Zawadzki and Gao. And she had fire, which was nice for Malaguena. It was much flatter during the GP but IMO she skated it with inspiration and was very musical.
Too bad the SP curse continued and she couldn't unleash that 3/3, but hopefully if she got to go to 4CCs she could finally have a fine ending to her season. Her skating this season (and last) were too good to end at Nationals for two seasons in a roll.
There are definitely some great qualities about Ashley's skating. The best quality by far is her ability to attack everything no matter what. She is fearless. She never has a doubt in her mind going into her jumps unlike many other competitors who seem to struggle with that. If she can fix the rest of her problems (or at least some of them, most importantly a couple URs and two foots-- and she has definitely worked on them), there is no doubt she will end up on top.
One of these years, Ashley may have her "Ryan Bradley Moment" and wins at Nationals. I'd be the first the cheer but I'm not thinking about it. Too painful to go through Nationals after Nationals. I hope that she finds the $$$ to keep at it. It ain't cheap.
I often wonder how people like Alissa, Ryan...even lower-ranked older skaters like Danielle Kahle, find the mean$ to stick with it. Work 2-3 jobs and train after midnight?
I really enjoyed Ashley's Free skate, and gave her a standing O. She had all those muscle spasm problems and was able to overcome that, and she just did really nice overall. I hope it built her confidence and she keeps improving. I wasn't even a fan of hers really, but I appreciate her skating more, now.
she has a shot-why the judges keep overlooking her twofooting and giving postive goes on those marks, plus they keep her pcs scores a bit high a 58. was a bit high but doable i would have given her a 57.50