^^ Yeah, but however, don't you think had AshleyW continued with her early season brilliance and not had the rough patch at GPF (a couple of fluke falls) and at U.S. Nats (loss of training time due to hip pointer and food poisoning combined with nerves, resulting in a couple of fluke falls), that she might be heading into Worlds being considered more of a threat for the podium? Also, especially had she worked up to landing a clean 3/3 at a late season comp prior to Worlds? OTOH, maybe it's a good thing if Ash is right now being considered more of an underdog.
Oh, the constantly rising, receding, rumbling and fluctuating tides of figure skating. Debate and speculation will never cease, and I guess that's as it should be.
BTW, I was just looking at the recent performance of another Ashley; Cain to be exact. She really is so lovely to watch on the ice. Too bad there doesn't seem to be a tall partner around so she might continue to pursue pairs. AshleyC had such a gorgeous lp skate going at the recent U.S. Nats, but she suffered a couple of falls which kept her down in the standings. Since her mother is a former Canadian ice dancer, and her Dad hails from Australia, I wonder if AshleyC might at all be considering the possibility of making an attempt to skate for either Canada or Australia in singles. It might give her more of an opportunity to compete at Worlds, especially in light of the packed standings and limited spots available in the U.S. ladies ranks at the moment.
Re Carolina Kostner, thanks for the info, olympic. I was looking at Caro's Euros lp yesterday. I'm impressed by the way she's improved her technique and consistency on her jumps. Most likely, partly as a result of winning Worlds and having such a great season last year, her confidence and maturity are very palpable right now. I wonder why Caro was briefly considering retirement? Hunger is definitely necessary to go the long haul for Sochi.
However much I admire Yu Na, Caro, and Mao, I kinda wish to see some unexpected results at Worlds.