I'm disappointed for Jeremy for not placing top 3. If USFSA keeps their tradition, Jeremy won't go to worlds. I'm sad.
Now time for the big question: WHat does Jeremy need to do for his comeback trail?
I've been following Jeremy's career for some time. As I know more about him I am also becoming interested in how he grows as a person. He strikes me as a layback, relaxed sort--which is why so many fans, including me, like him.
That said, I must say that top competitors tend to have an intense tunnel vision thing about them. Kurt Browning once said he never handled his own websites because the more things get in your head, the less you act like yourself out there (ie on the ice). Jeremy, OTOH, interacts with fans online regularly, signs many autographs during competitions, shares chocolate with a friend at worlds (or at least he's sighted doing so), reads what's said about him online, and even watches an international rival win their respective nationals (Chan at Canadian).
Now all this is what makes Jeremy such a charming person, though at the same time I wonder if a bit more "tunnel vision" will help him better as a competitor. If he wants the world title, he may wanna rethink certain things to help him more focused and confident as a skater. But it's up to him--that's nothing wrong with being a relaxed and fun guy while being an elite competitor. It's his life, and he doesn't owe me any title (or any one for that matter). Whatever makes him happy I'm happy.
I really like Jeremy as a person, and I would like to see him figure out how to turn things around when things are not going well. There's a life lesson here that is as important as winning or losing.
Anyway: Jeremy, good luck next year!
(I've never wanted to say this before as I'd been branded as a "traitor". Now is it too late to say it?)