I wish the US would use even more Senior B's in general; Golden Spin, NRW Trophy, etc. Perhaps using these competitions when they see a young lady doing really well on the Regionals / Sectionals circuit (Francesca Chiera) would go far. They might use Challenge Cup in February. I realize money issues creep in, but that's just my wish.
As for JGP, I think there is always going to be a struggle when the most recent Nationals from January is the only major comp you have to go by- summer comps will never be taken as seriously, unless there is one major designated summer comp. This year was a bit lucky because all the major players had competed and done well at Nationals last year, whereas usually you have a few skaters who are on fire during the summer comps but missed or did poorly at Nationals and its not possible to resolve that fairly to all parties involved. I would advocate for a system that required all the players to show up at a competition mid-summer, and then have a definitive points system that takes into account score & placement from Nationals and also score and placement from the mid-summer comp, so there is a clear order of which skaters to assign. I doubt it would happen but it sure would be nice.
I also believe that third Olympic spot should go to the skater who earns the spot at U.S. Nationals. Period. I don't see any compelling reason to give the spot to anyone else -- unless, of course, Wagner finishes 3rd. Unless injured, Wagner should go no matter what, IMHO.
^^ and adding I think the second and third spots should go to the people who earn them.
DH - and that's just my opinion
Ashley has really earned her trip the past 3 seasons, I totally agree. I think she is more worthy than the combined efforts of the next 3 US ladies. Can we send Ashley Wagner x3 to the games? If one of them goes clean then that Ashley will likely end up on the podium, the other two will obviously be top 6 as they will have solid skates. The girl is a fighter.
ETA: I'm alright with Ashley x2 and Gracie Gold x1
Any news on Gracie's new SP? I thought she was to perform it sometime this week. I'd be interested in the music choices, how she performed, anyone's impressions.
ETA that Gracie's SP music is from the second and third movements of Grieg's piano concerto - video link has been posted in a new GSD thread here: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...-short-program
Last edited by Sylvia; 12-13-2013 at 04:43 PM.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
Gracie just needs to land her jumps simple as that. She can spend next season getting better programs since she won't be looking for a coach like she was this season. If she lands her jumps she's going to Sochi. I don't see her being clean at Nationals because she hasn't had a competition as a Senior where she was clean but it would be interesting if she did. Wagner might be a bit worried about getting that 3rd title.
Last edited by Jammers; 12-12-2013 at 06:20 PM.
(The context of my post was in response to those posts specifically discussing the 3rd spot. That's why I worded it that way.)
Actually none of the medalists are guaranteed an Olympic spot (if any of them were, Nationals would become an Olympic trial and USFSA would have to pay $$$ to the USOC). However, in reality, all the medalists are extremely likely to get sent to Sochi.
"If people are looking for guarantees, they should buy appliances at Sears and stay away from human relationships."~Prancer