Why are people freaking out because of one unfortunate free skate? Has Gracie improved by leagues and leagues under Frank's tutelage or not? How quickly we forget her Nationals performances and a very good showing in Sochi.
Frank has got it right. He was just working with a very unfortunate free skate. It would have been too much to change both SP and FS before Nats. I think we will see even more great improvement over the summer.
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I agree...she blew it big time here, BUT...that was all on her. She let her head get in the way once again.
Gold is heading in the right direction (up), anyway, so long-term I think she'll be fine. No panic necessary.
I'm not worried. It's been a long season. It's hard to make sense of any of the skating or placements for the next quad since all the girls were aiming to peak in Sochi, not worlds. In recent memory, it took Yamaguchi, Kwan, Hughes and Cohen three appearances at worlds before they won a medal. Ironically, the more inconsistent US skaters were the ones who medaled at their first worlds: Meissner, Harding, Kerrigan. After Kostner's ridiculous score for that mess, the odds weren't very high for Gracie to medal anyway, no matter what her personal best may be. Next season will be her third full season as a senior and that's when she really needs to emerge as a fierce contender. I sure hope we see those big jumps again though. I sure miss em.
I was gutted for Gracie but considering where she started the season (losing to Courtney Hicks in Salt Lake City) she has made major strides. Who knows if she'll end up dominating the next quad - she's certainly worked hard enough to! I just hope she keeps improving and enjoying the process and we'll just have to let the medals fall where they may.
Anyways, yes, I'm not worried either about Gracie. She's probably burnt out from competing this whole season. Plus you can't skate perfectly all the time. It's not possible, and all the great champions have shown that to us.
But looking forward to her having a full season w/o interruptions
It's true that she did improve leaps and bounds this season with everything that has happened to her. I guess..I'm just panicking since a lot of the naysayers are already predicting doom and gloom for her that she'll never be international medal worthy in the upcoming quad.
I agree though that hopefully her packaging and programs next season will play to her athletic strengths.
It's a mixture of disappointment and frustration that she already blew one chance. But forget "packaging" and all that other junk - she just needs to deliver UNDER PRESSURE. That is all. Do that and she'll be fine, I guarantee it.
I think she has been through a lot this season, so next year is a chance to start over with a clean slate and a stable coaching situation. If she can stay healthy, sky could be the limit. She just has to control her nerves in competition when a medal is within reach, that's all.
I was just able to look at the protocols now. Wow she got great GOE across the board for her 3-3. As someone mentioned in this thread it was really the best 3Lz + 3T of the competition.
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How many clean back to back performances has she delivered at a competition?
I am glad she did not do fabulously at the OLYs or Worlds. I think she will do well with some seasoning. Hopefully in the calm of the post Olympic season, she can approach things calmly and in a well-thought out manner (By that I mean, programs that work for [I]her[I] costuming and make up that is more sophisticated, a little more humility, and a season of following Frank's training.
DH - and that's just my opinion
I like the fact that Taylor Swift is involved in a pic w/ a US skater: She has a huge bevy of followers that might wander over to figure skating and get hooked. Maybe, we can start filling up arenas the way that Japanese fans do (getting ahead of myself, I know)