The games are over. Time for assessment of the new stars and possible future rivalries (Sorry, my brain is always fast-forwarding ).
With the retirements of Mao, Yu Na, Akiko, most likely Carolina, Valentina and maybe even Kanako, I think the next cycle for Ladies is shaping up to possibly be a battle between Russia v. U.S., much like the tail end of the 1990s - the early part of the new millennium. Perhaps Osmond and Li ('15 Worlds are in Shanghai) will pop up to spoil the hegemony.
It looks like Gracie at the moment would be the chief foil to any Russian dominance.
What does she need to do to supplant them?
1. Would backloading her programs more help at all? Adelina does a monster 2x-3t in the 2nd half of the LP and it seems to impress the judges. She currently does 4 triples in the first half in 3 different jumping passes and repeats the 3toe and 3lutz
2. Go to the next level and train a 3x? IIRC, she was doing 3x's w/ Ouriashev in a harness. It would be a point-getter but is it too risky? A rumor swirled that Adelina might start training a 4toe!
3. Use the 3loop as a back end to jump combos? It is a jump that has improved markedly for her. 3loop would be improve her base value by supplanting the 3toe.
4. Concentrate on trying to get a true flip?
5. How about PCS, especially Choreography and Interpretation? I actually like her skating skills more than either of the Russians, but she appears to skate w/ less passion than either of them (when they are on). I think she does OK, especially under FC, but she needs a certain je ne sais quoi to be as noticeable as the uber-bendy Lipnitskaya, Russia's Sasha Cohen.
Her and FC's partnership seems great, solid! But I hope she gets back a little of that wild explosiveness. He seems to have reined her in. Or would that be too risky? It certainly grabs attention!