If I Had a Harrell, If I Had a Bell
Alysa in Wonderland
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The article mentions the dates for U.S. Figure Skating’s Junior World Camp are Feb. 3-4....Alysa Liu is set to be in New York for scheduled Tuesday appearances on TODAY and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The TODAY appearance is planned for the 8 a.m. hour.
“I kind of have had a tough season regarding a lot of issues – mental health, personal issues,” an emotional Ma said after her free skate.
“It’s one of my best programs in performance (quality) and one with the hardest jumps I’ve ever done, with the triple Lutz-triple toe loop and triple flip-half loop-triple Salchow,” Cui said. “Definitely the best program in my career probably so far.”
She will cover half the rink with a few strokes and glide into her jumps at breakneck speed, if she wants to. At age 20, she can admit there is more to her life than skating, including coaching and studying biology at Northeastern University.
“I’ve been working on them on the [jump] harness, and off the harness, but before nationals I wanted to focus on what I could do,” Harrell said. “Definitely my goal is to do triple Axel next season.”
link to the selections for Worlds, 4CC & Junior Worlds camp: https://www.usfsa.org/story?id=92104&type=media
2019 World Championships
Alternate 1 – Ting Cui
Alternate 2 – Megan Wessenberg
Alternate 3 – Starr Andrews
2019 Four Continents Championships
Alternate 1 – Megan Wessenberg
Alternate 2 – Starr Andrews
Alternate 3 – Amber Glenn
I appreciate your optimism, but I'm not sure how realistic you're being. Ting has never scored above 200 internationally, and she has formidable opposition in the Japanese and Korean Jr. world teams. Ting lost to Korea's Lee on the JGP this season and she hasn't yet faced You, Korea's other Jr. World team member and new Sr. national champion. Ting hasn't faced any of the Japanese team this season, but team member Yokoi beat her at Jr. Worlds last season.
And Harrell, whom you're not worrying about going clean, has never gone clean in any international competition (she had 3 last season and 1 coming off injury this season). Historically, she's just as inconsistent as Ting, and her personal best ISU score is 157.08.
Hanna won her Junior silver medal at Egna Spring Trophy which took place in April 2018, technically at the end of the 2017-18 season, where she debuted her "Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha" short program (so she used it as a springboard for the new season).I’m quite optimistic, but Hanna had 2 international assignments, placing 5th and 7th during the 2017-2018 season. During the 2018-2019 season, she also had two international assignments, placing 2nd and 7th, the latter being the one she was injured in.
Hanna won her Junior silver medal at Egna Spring Trophy which took place in April 2018, technically at the end of the 2017-18 season, where she debuted her "Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha" short program (so she used it as a springboard for the new season).
I'm looking forward to seeing which ladies will be selected for upcoming developmental assignments (next month at Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf and Challenge Cup in The Hague, followed by Egna Spring Trophy in late March).
Wouldn't she still have to compete as Advanced Novice since those are 2018-19 season competitions and she's not eligible for juniors until the 2019-20 season?Ahhh. Okay, thanks. I was unsure about that one, so thanks for the information. I’m hoping Alysa goes to Challenge Cup. If I recall correctly, she was sent there last season as an Advanced Novice.
Really looking forward to see our girls in just over a week in Anaheim.
So want to see how they stack against each other, against Team Japan and also how Ting handles 4CC!!!
Refresh my drink was Hananh too young for 4 CC as well?
Another vote of no confidence for Glenn from USFS. Passed over for Andrews in the Worlds alternates and skipped by Andrews in 4CC. Glenn's BOW was pretty scant this season because USFS chose to only send her to 1 challenger, but it's not like Andrews did much better in her 4 international competitions (3 scores lower than Glenn's 1 score, 1 score 10 points higher on her 4th intl attempt), and Andrews lost to Glenn at nationals by five points.
I should add that you might want to see our NOVICE ladies... Just you wait.....This is what worries me about a camp setting being used to decide a team. Andrews looks way better in practice than in competition. I do not understand The USFSA’s fascination with her when there are other choices. It is not like Canada where you picking the ones you hope will suck the least!
So Alysa on Today and Jimmy Fallon - 13 yo. I find this sickening. Once again using children to promote stuff - brands, ratings, etc. And, as the endorsements, appearances, etc. pile up we'll wonder why she's not meeting expectations.
The girl was sobbing after her FS. How much pressure do we want to to put on her? It's not normal.
^^^^ This. Tara Lipinski already had an agent and interview/media preparation by age 13 and she looked prepared. Poor Alysa really needs some media training. I could not understand what she said in her interview afterwards. I'm glad she's getting these opportunities. She made history, and she deserves the acclaim.
I should add that you might want to see our NOVICE ladies... Just you wait.....
@IloveFS My apologies. I was not trying to be disrespectful. I have been very involved in figure skating in Canada for many years and remember some of those Novice ladies back before they were landing single axels. That said, there was a fair amount of sucking going on at least in the Senior Ladies rank at Nationals this year. I suspect if you spoke to some of the ladies who competed they would completely agree with me. Figure skaters really do know when they skate badly and most are more than willing to own it.
The next couple of years will be for building and development. Choosing teams will not be a matter of trying to get ladies on the World podium (Gabby excepted of course) but rather figuring out the best combination of experienced international competitors and new up and coming skaters to give us the best shot at maintaining spots so we can continue to give Skaters much needed experience.
The US, on the other hand, have skaters who are able to compete for podium finishes both at jr and Sr worlds. They are in a different spot on the development curve.
Julia Biechler on switching her focus from ice dance to singles, Heidi Munger & her I, Tonya body double filiming experience: https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2019/01/25/u-s-championships-reporters-notebook-day-1/
Any idea what happened to Courtney? Sheesh...I was just looking back at the placements and realize she placed 16th out of 17 skaters. Her FS was 2nd lowest of the field.
It seems so odd that she always comes in as a top 6 prospect and just can't seem to pull it together. 5 years in a row now....