Either you admire Gold's jumping ability, speed, power and potential or you don't [QUOTE]
Right on, her strengths are quite obvious , no need to make excuses if you don't like her. She also performed the most technically proficient US ladies' program in over 20 years, so that's something else to like, or maybe get even a bit excited about
I like Liza and Zijun too, and while I agree they are more musical than Gracie, they are much weaker skaters . She makes them look like they are relatively standing still, she's stronger and she covers the rink so much better than they do. That really makes an impression live, while hands and facial gestures really show up more on TV. Which is part of the reason why judges (international and US) give her decent PCS even when she makes mistakes. Really, it's not the 'Gold for Gold' PR machine, her 'All-American' looks, or some vast conspiracy of collusion. For me Adelina is a total package, she's got the skating skills, the jumps, the posture, the artistry and a great need to be voidy and inventive too. But she's a bit of a headcase too. So everybody has something to work on.