I don't think Karen's problem was the programs though. Her jumps were inconsistent at different stages of last season too (GPs and 4CCs and WTT, etc) so it couldn't have been the programs' fault. I think it's more to do with the added pressure of being the top US lady.Karen landed 4 cleanish triples and 2 2axels in her FS, and a couple rough jumps. Several others there skated just about perfectly. All things considered, not that bad. I doubt anyone was expecting much more given all the changes...
The word "rock" reminds of Rachael Flatt and not in a good way.Bradie however, is a total rock so far this season. Like those jumps don't even look hard, she has them, and they don't fail her. I was nervous for her at SA just because it was one of her biggest comps to date, but there really was no need to be. I hope she can finish out this season as she's been doing, because every skater as good as her deserves at least one Cinderella year. Sorry, cheesy. But talk about the perfect storm of events with the problems going on with Karen, Gracie, and Ashley. Her timing is unreal.
Tara honestly seems clueless. I guess someone is telling her stuff and she's just babbling away. When she first started this job she seemed to be trying now she's decided to go the Weir route, "look cute" and babble!Bradie is like a GG or Polina. Maybe equal parts both. She's in. (And prob US Champ) I say skip GS but do 4CC
I think if Ash can heal enough by Jan it will be her and Mirai.
Side note: I don't like how Tara contradicted herself in her commentary. First I cracked when she said the vintage program plays well to an audience. But the judges have seen it. Three times. LOLLLL the way she said 3 times is like how catty girls talk about another girl in stuff like Mean Girls.
OK, as Ash was starting her programs she says ... she left practice early and I didn't see her fully rotate any jumps.
30 seconds after that when Ash stops she says... I didn't see this coming. She was nailing all her jumps today. Drilling. Drilling. I didn't see anything wrong...
And I also know her job is to provide commentary... but Tara injured herself completely out by 16. Ash is a decade older and still doing hard stuff.
Sounds like Tara may not like Ash, and thats fine, but just provide commentary. logical.
But I still keep your TV Guide cover from 98 girl! Like a true hoarder!
But Tara's job is to be professional, she needs to pull on her big girl pants and quit basing her commentating on "I don't like them personally"I mean, considering Ashley's reputation (or at least her personality's reputation) from around when Tara was mentoring her, I could understand why Tara doesn't like her. I could also see how that opinion hasn't changed. While Ashley seems to have changed in the way she says things and interacts with others, she's still just as opinionated as ever - not that that's a bad thing, just that it probably makes it seem like she's changed less than she has.
I was encouraged by Karen's FS performance in Lake Placid and I think she could benefit from one more competition before Nationals (she competed at Golden Spin last year and placed 7th). I don't think Bradie needs another competition before Nationals. Starr Andrews is also going to Golden Spin (her ISU Challenger debut).Tennell and Chen are scheduled to compete at Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia next week. While Chen and her coach, Tammy Gambill, are anxious to get her programs out one more time before the U.S. championships, Myers sounded less sure that Tennell would make the trip.
"We will take it day by day and see what it brings," she said.
The funny thing with this quote above is that the only Burt B. program I recall in at least the past 25-30 years was Ivett Toth (not an American) a couple seasons ago.Years turn into weeks. How quick they pass
And all the stars that are gonna be
Are training hard and skating fast.
I've got lots of friends in San Jose
Do you know the way to San Jose?
Can't wait to get back to San Jose!
Who else is going to be at Golden Spin? I know Karen is, but how is the rest of the field? My prediction is, she won't go.I get the whole ~momentum thing with Bradie, but I think she could do with the standing points if her goal is the Olympics, no? Also, getting in front of an international panel that's not in the US would be helpful too, right? (Yes, I'm aware she went to Lombardia at the start of the season).
I get the whole ~momentum thing with Bradie, but I think she could do with the standing points if her goal is the Olympics, no?
Bradie is currently #38 in the ISU World Standings after getting 324 WS points for her Skate America 3rd place finish. She already has 250 points for winning the Philadelphia Summer International (Senior B) in early August and 219 points for 4th place at her first ISU Challenger, Lombardia Trophy, in September. If she elects to go to Golden Spin, she would need to place at least 1st through 3rd (300 / 270 / 243) in order to replace her 219 points from Lombardia with a higher total because only 2 "Selected International Competition" boxes can be filled in one season.Would Bradie be allowed to count points from a second Challenger event?
Russia is sending Tuktamysheva, Konstantinova, and Fedichkina. Japanese skaters will not be there.Who else is going to be at Golden Spin? I know Karen is, but how is the rest of the field?
At this point last year, Bell had been to two GPs, seven senior Bs, and 3 U.S. senior championships. Tennell has had 1 GP, 3 senior Bs, 2 Junior World Championships, and 2 U.S. senior championships. While not quite as many competitions as Bell, Tennell's Junior World experience is notable since incredible skaters are there, spots are on the line, the U.S. only had two entrants so more pressure on each lady to perform, etc.But on the other hand, it would help her case a lot if she had another good international outing. I think it is way too soon to predict that Bradie will win or even medal at Nationals. She lacks even the experience of Mariah Bell last year.
It is my understanding that none of the 2018 Olympic team members will compete at 4CC (this also has been USFS' policy in past Olympic seasons).Given how WS influences skating order at the Olympics, I wonder if US Figure Skating would require 4CC attendance