These pre Olympic media segments are inspiring and fun to watch. It really showcases the ability of some skaters to demonstrate their maturity and performance sense beyond purely choreographed and trained routines.
Gracie's NHK SP if you haven't seen it. Not her strongest skate, but I agree with the Eurosport commentator- she's a joy to watch most of the time (and since she switched to Frank she's certainly improved I have found myself enjoying her much more personally), but that music is still Still, she's found herself in fourth.
Hopefully Gracie can nail her LP and get on the podium. Making the GPF isn't that big of a deal for her at this point she just needs to compete better. Nationals is when she will need to bring it.
I agree - not the end of the world if Gold misses GPF. Wagner OTOH will almost certainly make it barring meltdown next week. GPF last year was where she had that freak fall...
I do hope that Gracie knocks it out of the park though tomorrow. She has it in her as we've seen from last season.
It would be cool, sure, but if she doesn't I wouldn't predict her doom either.
Mirai. Granted she always has bad first GP outings, but this was really rough.
This year could be USFS's worst GP series outing for ladies in a while. With 4 of the gps gone, the ladies have bagged only one silver and one bronze.
Why is that happening? I think it's because USFS, unlike the savvy Russian federation, has been slow to position talented upcomers for gp assignments or encourage them to do seniors (case in point, Angela Wang). The girls who are not in peak form go out there and end up 4th, 5th, 6th, last etc etc, slowing the team's momentum. (e.g. Agnes, Zhang, etc)
2009-2010 gps: 3 silver, 1 bronze
2010-2011 gps: 1 gold, 3 silvers, 2 bronze
2011-2012: 1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze
2012-2013: 2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze
eta: the second half of the season can very well turn out differently for US ladies, but this is not a good start
Last edited by jlai; 11-09-2013 at 05:55 PM.
There is a very good chance Ashley will medal next week in the slightly-weaker field at TEB. Heck, with the true competitors being Pogorilaya and Sotnikova, Gao might end up with a medal as well. (I'm not sure Cesario has a real shot, but if the stars align...)
And even though I'm not going to put any money on it, Agnes could medal at CoR, I suppose, if she gets her sh*t together.
As for Mirai, I refuse to "write her off", but my expectations are low.
I agree with your post Toddlj. The USFSA needs to make some changes. I noticed this year they seem to be monitoring the junior ladies. They were shuffling them around. Why don't they do that to the senior girls.
I am wondering how much monitoring is going on at Champs Camp. I think they need to make these ladies do more then just show their programs. They need to make it a competition. There could be a SP or a LP competition. These girls need more competition. Also at Champs camp they need to have more past champions speaking to the next generation. We have some girl such as Michelle, Sarah, Tara who were great competitors. Maybe they can past on what they did in the past to conquer their nerves.