[QUOTE=2sk8;4034189]I love Rachel's competitive spirit & Really wish her success at Sectionals, but this outcome supports the position of those who suggested she was not the one who should have gotten this international assignment. A skater who had an "unfortunate" outing and another outing with "a few under-rotations" at last year's qualifying events or during summer monitoring would likely not have gotten the assignment (in fact, they like would not have even been monitored). It is really a USFS issue, not a "Rachel" issue - either make assignments solely based on certain results (which should include summer monitoring closer to the assignments than last year's Nationals), completed elements and technical scores/completed technical elements (not PCS) or at least acknowledge that the assignments are "political" at the end of the day. If you have been out of the game for a couple of seasons, you should start from "go" (Regionals) with no "favors" along the way.[/QUOTE
Rachael did Regionals and still has to do Sectionals, so she didn't really get any favors. She certainly did a better job than Zhang did at Skate America. She didn't do a FS with all doubles like Czisny did at her Regionals.