I don't think that there's negativity toward Piper , so much as resistance to being pushed to say this team is more than they are at this stage of the game..
Piper only passed her senior exam last year.. yet some people wanted to plant the idea that G/P was better than C/P even then. They do show promise, but subway's point about last year's Canadians results was right on the money. You might think Piper has a better "look" , but I can't say I think so , overall..The coaching team bore the ultimate responsibility for Vanessa's look , and it was woefully neglected.. But that's beside the point , the point is not Vanessa compared to Piper..the point is how do the two teams compare in their abilities and development ? G/P are not nearly as developed as C/P were , but the pluses and minuses are in different areas.
I sincerely hope SC is not designating any "Next Ones" ...that's how they go wrong , time and again. It ought to be down to the skaters year by year. And that's why so many were incensed at G/P's obvious over marking last year , it appeared the designation had already taken place , with no record as a team and no exposure to international judging.