American figure skating is probably going through its worst period since the 1961 air disaster. I think the fundamental problem for the USFSA is the loss of TV money, which has meant that there is far less money to invest.
In order to turn things around, I think the USFSA needs to be far more proactive in terms of promoting skating to up the TV money. It needs that money back. Furthermore, it needs to go out and actually find the raw talent and link it up with the top coaches. It can no longer just sit back and wait for it to turn up as in years gone by
Nevertheless, there is hope. Gracie Gold is a major star in the making and I think that the USFSA should seize the moment as it were, and start promoting her big time. Gracie is to the current slump, what Peggy Fleming was to overcoming the post 61 air disaster back in the 1960's. She has the potential to attract a lot of TV interest and new fans. Davis & White will of course also be around for a few years yet, and still have the potential to win the Olympic gold medal in 2014.