Alysa also has one the best 3A's. So you expect a skater with multiple triple axels and multiple quads not to smoke Bell and Tennell? It will be 3 nats in a row for Alysa and I predict for Anna as well. The pressure on Sasha and Aliona will be huge and Anna never bothered by anythng will 3 peat at Russian nationals!
Alysa almost skids to a halt before jumping her 3A, which usually looks underrated as well. Obviously, I don’t think that judges, particularly US judges at US nationals, are going to rank skaters like Bell and Tennell above Liu and her ultra-c elements, but that doesn’t mean I personally as a fan think that Liu is a better skater than they are. Not at this stage in her career. To me, she’s promising but being hyped beyond her current ability because she’s the only US lady trying ultra-c elements. She’s a good competitor, and she’s got fight to go for those hard jumps. She seems joyful. She’s also slow and has weak skating skills, and I’m just not personally a fan of pre and underrotated jumps or slow skating. I feel similarly about Anna Shcherbakova’s quads, even though I like her skating otherwise. A lot of people’s criticisms of the average Eteri girl can be applied to Liu as well.