"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
You can see throughout the year shes slowly starting to get how to jump into it more in the takeoff. Her triple flip - my gosh if there is ever a leson to show someone how to turn a move from one of the ugliest moves in skating to one of the prettiest moves, its that skill alone. Not only are they correct technique now but they are beautiful! And big, and I see her holding landing edges more in the 4CC performances and she seems like with another 2 months of training would be ready to go even for Worlds. I just can't get over it. When someone with her level of spins can also start to bring the jumps to the same level the scores are going to be there.
Actually both Zhang and Wagner are holdings their jump landings more which is nice to see.
If she improved her 2A more, and maybe her 3F a bit as well, would 3F-3LO, 2A-3T, 3Z, 3F, 3LO, 3S, 2A-2-2 be a realistic possibility for her? Obviously in the short it would be much smarter tactically to go for 3LO-3LO, and risking one of her "money jump" triple loops in the LP to a downgrade is very risky, but that layout would be extremely competitive with pretty much anyone, even the young Russians and Mao.
This would require her re-learning a 3 Sal
Actually though I think her 3f 3t is better than her 2a 3t bc her flip has more flow; so a program layout like this would be more realistic (assuming she can get the sal back)....
3S, 3f+3t, 3lz, 3lo+3lo(in the bonus?), 2a, 3lz+2t+2l, 2a...
add in the same level 4 spins and level 3 footwork she got at 4CC and the ChSp and you're looking at 61.64 base technical. 3 points higher than Mao at 4CC and 6 points higher than Gracie at nationals.
If she gains the same 8 points in GOE that she gained at 4CC, then the techincal is nearly 70 points. A technical score 4 points higher than the winning technical score at last year's world championships.
I was very happy for Caroline's 4CC bronze and the tremendous improvements she has made to her overall skating. So many people had written her off. I'm pretty sure she will get 2 Grand Prix assignments now, and she won't have to go through Sectionals next season. I see her only going up from here.
Yes, I would have been happier had she made the World team, but that's OK. There is always next year.
Apparently Caroline has been practicing 3F-3T, including at 4CC, with some success too. I don't think it's realistic to expect her 2A to get enough flow to do a 2A-3T by next season. She really needs to regain her 3S, which she landed successfully in combination with a 2T at 4CC two years ago. She attempted the 3S last at Nationals 2011. I bet she's going to be working on her 3F-3T and 3S in the off season. I think a likely layout for next season will be:
with 3R-3R after the halfway mark. With a fairly early start to next season, I guess we'll see by the summer what she's planning.
I'm thrilled for Caroline and her fans, like Polymer Bob. I thought she should have beaten Czisny at nationals but I don't think the judges were about to let that happen. Next nationals, though, I suspect she'll get the benefit of the doubt if she hits and Czisny doesn't. Mostly though, I'm just so happy to see Caroline so happy. She looks like she's genuinely having the time of her life now and it's wonderful to witness.
That would be an incredibly ambitious program. I don't see her trying more than one 3-3 in a LP. But it's wonderful to see that her jumping is coming together so well. Having different options in terms of 3-3s is a great thing.
I'm sure that this has been mentioned, but I noticed that Caroline did not receive an edge call for her 3Lz at 4CC. She's improved, but not that improved! Still, it's great to see her landing a flutz consistently again.
As a long time fan of Caroline, I'm so happy for her. She looks like she's actually enjoying skating. The turn around in most of her jumps is nothing short of phenomenal. She still needs to get the speed and power up, but that will come eventually (I hope, ).
I'm so happy for Caroline.
What a pleasure to see such good skating; and a happy, smiling young woman on the ice.
I hope that she can build on this, and really be a force, next season.
I am so proud of Caroline. Two years ago, she was a broken skater, the jumps were gone and so was the love of skating that she had as a junior. She looked defeated. I cannot believe that she found the money to change her situation and keep going, that she dragged herself back up from the bottom of the elite skaters. Of course, great credit goes to Karen Kwan and Peter Oppegard. Whether or not anyone else changes to them, the example of her return success should be a good lesson for other struggling skaters that it is never too late to go back, to come up again, to survive, to believe in yourself. Perhaps no matter who the new coach is, one can do it if one tries hard enough. Outside of Ashley's determination at Nationals and 4CCs, Caroline takes an equal prize for Most Improved.
My hat is off to her - totally amazing. How she ever had the strength of character to keep going, I don't know. It seems to me it would be so much harder to go from being one of the "up and comings"only to face the discouragement and poor results of the last few years. She is an inspiration - she now knows what she is made of and can use that in others areas of her life.
Never was a fan but am now after this season. I had a fork stuck in her. She is a fighter. Not only did she plummet in the ranks, but she watched her close friend win a national championship, and go to the Olympics. That would be enough to kill anyone's spirit. To find the inspiration to go on and rework everything she had learned-she had to have been beside herself with her placements.
In the long run, I think it was good for her to go through this journey. It can only make her stronger in every way, on and off the ice.