Not that surprised about Barbie Long. She is very talented but was only 3rd at Nationals (with all of Polina's URs and Mariah's multiple mistakes in the FS) and has only competed in one JGP to date. Even with the 3rd spot on the Olympic team it's highly unlikely she'd have any chance just where she has so little experience/reputation even on the junior international ranks. Her PCS need a lot of work as even at Nationals they were only 45 in the FS, I know she can do 3lz-3t and 2a-3t with ease, but with PCS that low, it's still going to be really hard for her to start getting the scores she'd need to be considered for the team. I also think where she will be competing on the JGP this season and likely has the goal of competing at JW, it makes sense that she might just want to stay junior entirely so as to avoid having to make and train two different versions of her FS for Nationals and then everything else. So, I understand where she's coming from. Plus if she can win Nationals as a junior (there's a strong chance she could with Edmunds moving up to senior and I would presume Bell as well), the odds of her making the JW team are good, whereas skating as a senior, she could feasibly skate well and still be left off the team like Wang and Miller were this season because other age-eligible ladies placed higher and didn't make the Worlds or 4CCs teams and thus got to go to JW instead. So I don't think it's a bad decision at all really. And other posters are probably right that any lady debuting as a senior this season won't be paid much attention to. I know Edmunds is, but she did win juniors this season and has already done 3 seasons of junior at Nationals, and maybe would have some (albeit very small) chance at the 3rd spot due to her technical arsenal/consistency and her PCS being higher than someone like Long.