Adam who has some great artistry, musicality and spins just cannot seem to pull his jumps out cleanly and consistently. I think now it is time to ask if he will ever do it?
Sounds harsh and yes he did pull it together some for nationals but what does not sit right is that he told Phil Hersh that he thought he skated his short ( at worlds) the best he has all year.
""The thing I can take away from this program is that I feel it's the best I've performed it all season," Rippon said."
"Rippon actually thought he skated well. That isn't encouraging, given his stepouts on the landings of the triple axel and triple lutz jumps."
It was not the best, his SP at Nationals was cleaner and right on beat with the music. Does he not see the mistakes?
Also, if you are going to talk a jump, in this case the quad lutz, you better back it up by landing it and he couldn't do that, not even once. When he downgraded it to a quad salchow, he fell.
Next season Johnny and Evan return, Jason Brown, if armed with a 3 axel, will be sublime. Ross Miner, Richard Dornbush, Keegan Messing all could improve and come back stonger.
When a skater changes coaches and still cannot perform to their ability then it is time for the skater to stop looking outward and look inward. The coaches are not the problem. A skater could have the greatest coach to ever live, but that coach cannot go out and skate for their skater, the skater has to go out and do it themselves and ultimately be responsible for their skating.
Adam is going to have a long plane ride home. I honestly think he has some hard choices to make before committing to next season.