Mike hardly ever landed her quads cleanly.
Mike hardly ever landed her quads cleanly.
No not at all actually. That's Frank using his experience, he knows that the judges and public will take something he says seriously. What Frank says people pay attention to, as long as Gracie delivers if he does that.. It plant the thought into the publics head which can stem over to the judges. Look at Patrick Chan this season after speaking out after Denis didn't win Worlds (his component were a lot lower in the SP is what his argument was), the judges were less willing to shower him with the PCS and had no problem placing other skaters ahead of him (more so than in other seasons). Frank knows what he's doing and I think there's a rhyme or reason for all of it. He's less emotional about things and more logical and rational, which also makes people in the skating community take what he says more seriously. Gracie's PCS went up from the team event after he made those comments too didn't they? Making the comments on Lipnitskaya made people automatically compare the two of them, and it's partially why we saw a rise in Gracie's PCS IMO.
I'm not saying the judges necessarily care, but if they did care what a coach had to say it would be Frank Carrol.
I actually think GG is the best thing that could happen to the USA ~ she looks like the perfect all-American princess ~ in fact during the Olympics she reminded me of a real-life Disney Princess (aka Cinderella http://images6.fanpop.com/image/phot...-1024-1024.jpg). But more than that she has it all when it comes to skating, which matters the most imho. Speed, jumps, consistency, spins, all-around skater. Kind of like a grown up version of Tara Lipinski but with better jumps and more maturity, though lacking Tara's natural exuberance. Hmmm, in that sense she reminds me of Nancy Kerrigan with shades of Jennifer Kirk's "Grace Kelly" look thrown in, as I always thought of Jennifer as Grace Kelly on ice.
Imho the reason why GG has that *stepford wife" demeanor is b/c it settles her down to be calm/cool/collectecd, which she needs to perform well on ice. It brings to mind what GG's twin told NBC the night of her FS (GG tweeted her twin that she was "scared"). Hopefully as GG gets more comfortable on the ice and grows into her own skin she'll be able to let loose with whatever is inside her (kinda like Michelle's transformation with "Salome"). She's only 1
sorry, got cut off there, and cannot use the EDIT function.
I meant to say that she's only 18 and has a lot more time to develop. Already a Jr. National Champion, Jr. World Silver Medalist, Sr. National Champion, and 4th at her first Olympics is superb!
Regards going head to head with Russia's best (aka Adelina & Julia) I think GG is on par with them, if not already ahead when it comes to all around packaging and being an all around skater. I'd love to see where she places when she skates clean with 7 triples and at least one 3/3 combo. with her signature Rippon Lutz. Imho that should guarantee her the World Title, and if she had done so at the Olympics (along with a clean powerful SP) would've made her an Olympic Champion. jmho.
Lastly, she's easily America's #1 female skater, not just in terms of success and jumps but she has the complete total "look". The only one that could challenge her in that department would be Polina Edmunds, whom also is tall, long-limbed, blonde, loaded with 3/3 combos., et al. Though I think GG has the edge in the jumps department, especially when it comes to complete rotation, however Polina has the edge in being a natural ballerina on ice, though GG could surprise me in that department as well. Everybody else, no, not really. I mean I have always been a fan of Ashley since 2008 (when I thought she should've won the National Title over Mirai), but I think Ashley is limited when it comes to the jumps (same as Samantha Cesario), but she's got gutsiness and passion on her side. Still, I don't think it will be enough to overtake the 18 yr. old GG, nor has it. Then there's my personal favorite darkhorse pick Courtney Hicks, whom doesn't have the look but has the jumps (similar to Max Aaron, whom should be her inspiration). Also, there's Agnes Zawadski, whom has come a loooong way and does have the look & jumps, but not the consistency of GG...
Have to agree with this. I don't like her new hair either. I'll give her the jumps but otherwise do not care for her one bit. Anyway we already have the Barbie Brand and we don't need it on ice.
I feel her totally unauthentic other than when her shark-like personality slips through.
I call her Gracie the Shark.
Polina, on the other hand was a breath of fresh air in every way/
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I think Gracie just needs more time with Frank. Hopefully, she'll work on connecting more with her music and the audience. I really like her skating, but she comes off as fairly wooden to me when she skates. She's got such pure jump technique, but maybe ballet training or something would help her. I also wish she showed more personality - she comes off as being very pageant like in her interviews.
You folks mention everything but jumps. If she can land all the same jumps as the girls on the podium, everything else is extraneous.
Last edited by Johnny_Fever; 03-09-2014 at 06:13 PM.
A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane. They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed - it's an important distinction. - Rick Mercer
Gracie's natural artistry hasn't had time to develop. I suspect now that she'll have a full season with Frank & Lori, Lori will tap into what speaks to Gracie. I don't mind the "rehearsed" Gracie because after nationals last year nearly everyone of USFS/fans/critics wanted to fast track her artistically because of Sochi. Now, she'll have time to breathe and find out who and what she wants to "be" artistically.
This song would be a great vehicle for Gracie to showcase her power and athletic ability, as well as give her the "edge" that she desperately needs so she won't be another boring "cookie-cutter ice princess". If she doesn't use this song for a competitive program, she should at least skate to it as an exhibition. With the right choreography and her explosive jumps, the audience will go nuts! But alas, this is only wishful thinking. I can only dream that she would skate to something this interesting.
Last edited by lilshorty; 04-03-2014 at 06:50 PM.
She just needs to skate 2 clean programs and she will have a chance to win most ever competition she enters. It's all up to her. A medal was just waiting for her at Worlds with a clean performance but she blew it. She needs to get that 2axel under control though which would be a good start.