IMO, podium is most likely to be Liu, Tennell, Bell but not necessarily in that order. Liu is not superior to Tennell or Bell in the PCS components, only in the technical/jumping side and she must hit her elements--especially the 3A--to win. Or the others screw up. Other entrants (including Chen) will be dark horses but if any of the top three have an off day....Will anybody BUT Alysa Liu win 2020 Nationals Sr Ladies? Does anybody stand a friggin chance?
Totally agree! Alysa is a lock. Remember, she is a competitor with nerves of steel. She skated quite well in the competitions she was able to skate in. If I was going to put money on anybody it would be Alysa.I can’t imagine anyone but a healthy (injury free) Liu being seriously considered for the gold. I haven’t felt that certain about a Sr Ladies repeat since the Peggy Fleming days. Even Janet Lynn had serious competition in Julie Holmes...
Karen has been sidelined with injuries a few times in her career. I'm guessing that skating is more of a nice side hustle to her university studies these days.Random thought- Would Karen ever consider training a 3A or even a quad? Her jumps are big and she seems to have bigger problems with a 3-3 then just executing a real big jump. IOW, structure a performance with a 3A or 4S and limit the combos to 3-2 and or 3-2-2
YAAAAAY!! We went with my title! What an honor!Might I suggest "U.S. Ladies: Achieving 2020 Vision"
If PCS were graded honestly - independent from technique - then yes.I think 2020 Nationals will be very similar to last year. Alysa is a front runner technically but if Bradie or Mariah perform 2 perfect programs, I wouldn't be surprised if either pulled off a win. Their PCS at this point in time is ahead of Alysa by quite a bit if judged appropriately. Also agree, we don't know how Alysa will fair defending her title.
Excited to see this on Mia!I always appreciate seeing/reading thoughtful local media coverage of skaters (Mia won the South Atlantics Junior ladies' event and has worked with Kimmie Meissner for many years):
Trained by the likes of world champion Kimmie Meissner, a Susquehannock High School sophomore has become a top figure skater in the region.www.ydr.com
If PCS were graded honestly - independent from technique - then yes.
I, in no way, think skaters should go to these monsters until they can get through minimum 2 consecutive competitions with no under or downgrades.. otherwise...why??? If they can rotate the triple they aint gonna rotate the quad.Random thought- Would Karen ever consider training a 3A or even a quad?
I think defending her Nationals title is just about as important to Alysa as Junior Worlds.I think Alysa may upgrade. She doesn't have much on the line at Nationals. A spot at Junior Worlds possibly, but having secured a spot at the JGPF, I don't know if even that. It would be a good competition to run whatever her final layout will be prior to Junior Worlds. Of course, maybe she is already there and is planning to use the layout in her current junior LP; but as she has run two different free jump layouts and two different shorts, it seems quite plausible that she may upgrade.
Agreed. However, I feel like Alysa is young and still in the "I'm having a blast! This is so fun!" stage of her skating which means she'll be more interested in going out and having a good time. I get the sense she won't make the mistake of being in defense mode which is how most skaters end up losing their title. Rather than skating to keep the title, she'll just be skating and that's great. So many skaters get caught up in the gravity of winning the title that they freeze up or overthink...Alysa knows she won but it doesn't seem like the pressure of being champion has affected her. If she's lucky it never will.I think defending her Nationals title is just about as important to Alysa as Junior Worlds.
Agreed. Case on point at her second JGP stop, and was behind after doubling the loop in the short. It wasn't a deductible error as such, but oh boy, Liu got mad and steamrolled her way back in the free skate.She is a steely competitor (thus far) so if she maintains that, I could definitely see her repeating as champ.