Jason has a fabulous new FS but I think 3a could continue to be a bit of a problem jump for him for awhile, it didn't look great at Glacier Falls and he doesn't seem to get the same height/distance on his axel jumps that he does on his backwards takeoff jumps. It will be interesting to see Brown vs. Rippon and who gets the SA spot (or if it goes to someone else entirely) because I feel they have similar strengths and weaknesses, though Brown's skating skills and speed are stronger than Rippon, and his spins and lines even better (which is crazy to think because Adam's are sublime, but Jason just brings it to a new level, that donut/biellman spin he does is just unreal). I wish Jason would at least try the quad so we could see what it looks like, I feel like he might have more success with a quad than the 3a to be perfectly honest, and it's not like his 3a is that problematic/sketchy (like Lysacek's), it's just more not a gorgeous jump for him, compared to skaters like Farris and Dornbush who jump 3a beautifully (probably the best of all the US guys now). Maybe if Jason simplified the entrance, the 3a would work better? He's giving himself an awfully hard task with those crazy entrances! But anyways, considering Jason's monster GF score though with mistakes, I say he's heavy edge to Rippon at this point.
Oh yeah and some pictures of Josh from the Sun Valley show surfaced on facebook https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...e=1&permPage=1 ...looks like someone's been pumping some serious iron, his arms and legs have never looked that strong/muscular before. Hoping the added muscle is helping his skating!