I think that Agnes has confidence issues right now.
I wish that the USFSA would send her out to some Euro B's where there might be less competition and less pressure so that she could build up her confidence.
I also think that she could use her arms more in gathering in those revolutions. Please see my post at the end of the 4CCs Ladies SP thread if you're interested in my theory.
I love Agnes and I really want to see her skate her best, no matter where she ends up in the standings.
Say what you will a LOT about Adelina Sotnikova's programs. However, one thing I notice is how Adelina's body changes with the type of music she's skating. (That in one says is where I give her coaches credit for having her skate to different types of music.) When Adelina skates to her short, I see the tension/sharpness she holds that works with the music...Gold can hit the beat of her music once in awhile but there's no true understanding and expression of it. Not even when the jumps are done...
And I don't buy she just has less experience, because Osmond has about as much international experience if not less than Gold, and Osmond is MUCH better at expressing the music.
I do think with the right coach Gracie could improve on this though. And in terms of the short, I really don't the issue is so much the choreography.....Because I think she really could be a beautiful skater and yes has the most potential of all the US ladies.
Last edited by bek; 02-10-2013 at 05:04 AM.
Gao was totally screwed at U.S Nationals. Of the big contenders (Wagner, Zawadzki, Gold, Gao, maybe Nagasu), she is the only one who didnt bomb 1 of the programs and she finishes down in 5th. I was pretty upset at the time, and felt awful for her. I am wondering if there is anything she can do to ever get noticed in the U.S.
I agree Zawadzkis inconsistency and silly mistakes each program is infuriating. With promising young skaters like Hicks and Cessario coming up (not to mention Gold), this could be the point she starts to get dumped by the USFSA if she doesnt get her act together finally.
Last edited by bek; 02-10-2013 at 07:56 AM.
This is basically how I feel: it doesn't matter who gets sent. ALL US ladies have struggled with inconsistency this season - even Ashley "The Rock" Wagner. (as a fellow poster called her early in the season)
Anybody we send to Worlds is a question mark, but Gao and Zawadzki ESPECIALLY so. Gold, too, since we don't know who we'll get in the SP (and FS for that matter). And, of course, Miss Wagner herself given her injury, illness, lack of difficulty relative to the other top women, and recent FS struggles (it's historically been the SP she's had troubles with!)...Who will we get? Just no way to know at this point in time.
Ahem, USFSA! Would you kindly wipe that little bit of egg off your face?
I knew Gao should have been sent to Worlds.
And I know, I know, we will never know if she actually would have skated well there or not. I still feel vindicated.
It seems that at 4cc, the US lady who's not going to worlds always beats the US ladies who are.
This might have something to do with where each skater is at in their season. It also just shows how close it is between 2nd place and 7th place in the US.
It's REALLY time to come up with a ranking system that takes the whole season into account. Let the National Champion go to worlds if they must, but for the rest of them, let them earn it. That way, nationals can be judged without an agenda. Or more likely, it will be far more difficult to enact an agenda based on just 1 competition.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
Redemption for Christina at this year's 4CC's similar to Mirai in 2011 who also placed above her compatriots at 4CCs after not making the World team.
Overall, Christina really had the better year versus Gracie and Agnes-until she got to Nationals. Then she came back at 4CCs and rightfully placed above her teammates in front of an international judging panel. Also, late last year, unlike Gold and Zawodski, Gao made the GPF.
I wonder if Gao's finish over Gold and Zawodski at 4CC's is giving the USFA pause. Their placing Agnes over Christina at Nationals should also give them pause.
Just throwing that out there..
Last edited by Sasha'sSpins; 02-10-2013 at 11:41 AM.
I'm waiting on Cesario and Hicks to at Jr Worlds so I can feel vindicated that they should have been higher and arguably gone to Worlds.
Then I can point the finger at the USFS and shake my head at what I think could have happened at Worlds. Never mind that there are so many variables that come into play at a competition like Worlds. I'm just going to go ahead and lament results that haven't happened yet.
Should be fun!