I was so happy that Ashley kept going and did another triple after that horrible fall. She's a fighter, and glad she was not gravely wounded.
I don't think she would have beat Mao even landing the jumps she fell on? Does anyone know?
I dunno, bronze medal at Worlds and the Olympics wouldn't be half bad...
This GPF wrap-up article includes quotes by Daniil Barantsev on working with JGP Final silver medalist Hannah Miller and by costume designer Jan Longmire on Wagner's "controversial" FS dress: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Hmmm I noticed that when Ashley's nervous or whatnot she has problems with the 3salchow. She popped it last year at Nationals during the FS, and here at the GPF she fell on it. However, her $$$ jump without a doubt is the 3loop, she can do it in her sleep, similar to how Zhenya owns the 3axel. It's so easy for her that she even does it with a spreadeagle beforehand, as well as running three turns. As for the 2A, doing it in combination with a triple seems to be a challenge for Ashley, especially when done during the second half of her FS, perhaps she needs to place it in the first half, as she has more success on it when she does. Course she'll lose that extra bonus, but it's better to land it successfully than not. Just a thought...
Then there's Zhenya and his $$$ jump the 3axel, which has never failed him (knock on wood). I prefer to think of Ashley's 3loop in this regard.
Btw, I'll never forget Zhenya and the 3axel at the 2010 Olympics, right in front of me, the whole crowd hushed as we thought when he was so high up & tilted in the air he was sure to fall, but then God righted him and he landed like a cat. The audience, the moment, the skater, everything gelled, truly a magical night.
1. Ashley WAGNER (190.63), Trophee Eric Bompard #2
2. Mirai NAGASU (176.88), NHK Trophy #8
3. Gracie GOLD (175.03), Rostelecom Cup #10
4. Christina GAO (174.25), Skate America #11
5. Agnes ZAWADZKI (172.95), U.S. Classic; 166.61 at Rostelecom Cup #17
6. Hannah MILLER (168.41), JGP Final #14
7. Angela WANG (162.65), JGP Zagreb #18
8. Samantha CESARIO (157.72), JGP Linz #22
9. Leah KEISER (156.33), JGP Istanbul #26
10. Courtney HICKS (153.77), JGP Lake Placid #27
11. Caroline ZHANG (149.87), Skate Canada #31
12. Barbie LONG (147.19), JGP Bled #34 [JUNIOR at U.S. Nationals]
13. Kiri BAGA (142.22), JGP Lake Placid #42
14. Vanessa LAM (140.89), JGP Courchevel #43
15. Ashley CAIN (136.51), JGP Courchevel #48
Remaining 2013 Nationals Senior ladies that qualified via Sectionals (listed alphabetically):
Sophia Adams, Morgan Bell, Becky Bereswill, Haley Dunne, Joelle Forte, Amanda Hofmann, Yasmin Siraj.
Last edited by Sylvia; 12-10-2012 at 10:13 PM.
[QUOTE=pinky166;3766813]Apart from Leah, who was by no means put out an embarrassing skate, the junior ladies FS was one heck of a well-skated event. 5 clean/nearly clean performances in a row, most of them with 7 triples, 4 of them with 3lz-3ts! I was very impressed.QUOTE]
Yes, hope this isn't being ignored by the US judges. Pretty amazing!
I am actually super excited for Nationals. Gold, Nagasu, Wagner, Gao... the list goes on. I just hope the judging is fair and consistent.
When Irina fell on that loop in Turino my mouth dropped open for about ten full minutes. After watching her (erroneously) perform 3 triple loops at Worlds the year before it was just so shocking...