My Life Would Suck Without FS-You
Well then the slot will probably go unfilled.
My Life Would Suck Without FS-You
I agree with the posts above that Flatt is done w/ skating.
BTW, there is another thread on FSU in which someone stated that Alissa was in the audience at SC last weekend, and she spoke to someone there confirming she will be at NHK.
I wonder why everyone is making a such big deal about Gao after one competition. She's never been considered one of the top 2 US ladies and just because she skated well at Skate America doesn't make her the automatic number 2 US lady. We don't know if Skate America was a fluke. Christina has a bad habit of peaking early and fizzling out during the rest of the season.
I've always thought highly of Gao and think that with a push in the right direction, she can easily bring forth a medal-worthy performance.
My rather late reply: According to their Team USA bios on IceNetwork, Scott Brown choreographed Agnes Zawadzki's "Rhapsody in Blue" FS, Angela Wang's "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" SP, and both of Ashley Cain's programs this season, in addition to Gold's.
Hmmm...so maybe it's not Scott. Maybe Gracie just can't pull off the choreography. Either that or his style doesn't mesh well with hers.
^ Yes, that's what I mean. Of course 2011-2012 was a little different for Gao since she peaked at Nationals, but honestly, Nationals was her only good performance. Her grand prix outings were subpar and her JW outing was as well. There's a reason why she hasn't medalled at Junior Worlds, even though she's been there 3 times and her fellow American teammates have each time she's been there.
Gao does tend to peak too early.
Last edited by haribobo; 11-02-2012 at 06:40 AM.
Strong SP for Mirai at CoC today! She looks in fine form, and seems to be enjoying herself again.
But how does that compare to the numbers she USED to get (circa her peak in 2010)? Are they more or less in line? IOW, leaving personal feelings out of the equation...
Well, she's getting higher PCS than she did before. Her tech score is lower because she didn't get as much +GOE on her spins as I thought she deserved (+1 for an amazing layback, +0.57 for a great combo spin, and +0.5 for a nice camel spin (the camel spin also got a level 3).
If Mirai nails her FS expect her PCS to be higher. They were decent considering she hasn't looked strong on the GP for over a season. A solid skate will yield better marks.
As for her spins, I'm surprised her layback didn't have more +3s...it was gorgeous. As for her flying and combo spins, I get why the GOE was a bit lower. Personally, I think she should make some changes to her entries and positions. I'd like to see her flying sit spin again:
She got really good position, great centering and much better speed. I notice all of the skaters do some form of a tuck position now so I'm assuming she'd have to add it for 3 rotations, but I think it's doable.
As for her combo spin, nothing was better than this:
The camel position is fast and extended, the forward sit spin is even faster and beautifully extended as well...if she can't repeat the back sit position (is that the rule?) then she can pull straight up into the I-spin for +8 rotations and maybe add a variation like holding it with one hand for a few rotations. Is that enough for a level 4?
These new skating rules seem to favor quantity over quality and that's why so many of the spins look sloppy and slow now...