Last edited by IceAlisa; 11-21-2013 at 01:06 AM.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
I think Hersh did a lot of hyping because she was a local skater. If she was in California or Colorado at the time, I'm not sure he'd say as much about her.
If Wagner falls 2x like she did at Nationals - she is vulnerable. Look how close Gold came to beating her even with that disaster of a SP...
Zawadzki will be competing this weekend in Russia. Let's see what improvements she has made, if any.
Why is Frank changing a short program that scored 69 points at SC?? All she has to do is land jumps and she will score big. Work on the consistency. Not new things that will make a skater more nervous when nerves are already a problem. So far she has scored poorly in the long. Keep the music but tweak it is all I would do. Gracie has had so many changes in such a short time, I fear for the rest of her season. I think Frank is a great coach but hope what he is doing will pay off.
The only thing that really worries me about Gracie is the reported decline in both the height of her jumps and speed.
Those two qualities are what made her PCS competitive. Period. If they go, the whole show is over.
I would hate to see it happen, but it would not surprise me if her speed and height are sacrificed to make her into a skater who would score well under the 6.0 system and is generally is more pleasant to watch. It will prove once and for all that USFSA really doesn't get COP AT ALL.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
I agree it's a shame to lose the amazing explosive skating she had but by the same token, she did look manic sometimes, I guess it's about the right balance and consistency.
If slowing down helps her consistency, fine...but otherwise...
I hated that SP but that said, she was scoring well with it- so from that standpoint a change there wasn't absolutely needed. (Glad to see it go though)
But in the process of learning a new SP, hopefully it doesn't take time away from improving her FS, which truly is what needs the bulk of the work and effort if she is to top Wagner at Nationals and be competitive for top 5 at Olys/Worlds.
Last edited by RD; 11-21-2013 at 02:02 AM.
Has anyone considered that part of the reason why Gracie has been doing poorly in the LP is because the SP, though high-scoring, is taking too much out of her? Maybe she just doesn't have enough fuel left in the tank to cope with the LP after skating that SP. Maybe Carroll thought skating slower and jumping lower would be enough to save her energy for the LP, but it turned out not to be the case. So they are now scrapping the SP altogether. I'm betting they are going to get her a SP that's a lot calmer and more lyrical, so that she can conserve more energy for the LP.
I would not be hasty to criticize Carroll. He somehow got Evan Lysacek an OGM, whoever saw that coming? And he got Denis Ten so much better a skater (and so much better results) in a rather short time. He is a great coach, and definitely looks like he understands COP very well. I think Gracie is in fine hands.