Gold in Skate Canada has Kim so already has no chance at any better than 2nd (Kim is just too consistent to ever lose to anyone not named Asada or Kostner at this point, in any competition), and then about 5 other girls who could easily beat her, about 2 arguably favored to. A nightmare assignment. Her other one isnt much easier IIRC.
Maybe the USFSA support is still behind Wagner after all. They gave her the weak Skate America field 2 years in a row (especialy considering Mao isnt an early season skater) rather than Gold.