U.S. Ladies [#28]: Achieving 2020 Vision

Dobre

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I'm all for higher 2nd mark scores for Wakaba. Of all the Japanese ladies' programs this season, I like her short program the best. It may be my favorite ladies' SP this season. I've not thought about it before, but nothing else is springing to mind over it at the moment.
 

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I'm all for higher 2nd mark scores for Wakaba. Of all the Japanese ladies' programs this season, I like her short program the best. It may be my favorite ladies' SP this season. I've not thought about it before, but nothing else is springing to mind over it at the moment.
I have always had a sweet spot in my heart for Wakaba.

People always seem to forget that she is the most recent Japanese ladies world medalist, with a silver to boot.

I too love her short and think it should be ranked higher, just as Bradie's has been all season -- they're both great vehicles.

I'm not sure Wakaba will get the 3A consistent by Worlds, but she needs to be clean against Mariah, who slightly less technical content than the top ladies planned but better PCS (KD Lang in Canada, I mean, c'mon).

You may play spoiler with her technical content, but it is her first senior worlds and PCS typically peak then (hers fall short of the top skaters, but she might see a bump with the 4CC medal). She may play spoiler, but I don't see Kim being in the top 8 so three spots for Korea will be a long shot.

I've posted this before, but this could work out for RUS, JPN, and USA all getting three spots.

1. Korstornaia
2. Scherbakova
3. Trusova
4. Kihira
5. Tennell
6. You
7. Bell
8. Higuchi
9. Miyahara
10. Kim
 

Karen-W

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I've posted this before, but this could work out for RUS, JPN, and USA all getting three spots.

1. Korstornaia
2. Scherbakova
3. Trusova
4. Kihira
5. Tennell
6. You
7. Bell
8. Higuchi
9. Miyahara
10. Kim
And, alternately, if you want to guarantee RUS, JPN, USA and KOR all get three spots...

1. Kostornaia
2. Shcherbakova
3. Kihira
4. Trusova
5. You
6. Tennell
7. Bell
8. Kim
9. Higuchi
10. Miyahara
 

Skibean

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I adore Kihara, but I don’t see her on the podium. Last year should’ve been her year, but she couldn’t hold up to pressure and was inconsistent.
 

Coco

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If Trusova's PCS were scored fairly....smh


Big question for Wakaba is whether or not she should attempt the 3a in the SP.
 

Colonel Green

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I adore Kihara, but I don’t see her on the podium.
Why? It’s well within reach, now that she has the Lutz back.

As far as the US's chances for three spots, You and Higuchi's triple Axels are definitely the biggest wildcard in that equation. In Wakaba's case, especially, she's still got a bit of a challenge in terms of re-establishing her international reputation after the tumultuous period post-Milan, but if she lands everything she should score very well (and the 3A gives a TES boost that can't really be denied). You's triple Axel still isn't the most consistent, but it's definitely picked up in the second half of the season.
 
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all_empty

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And, alternately, if you want to guarantee RUS, JPN, USA and KOR all get three spots...

1. Kostornaia
2. Shcherbakova
3. Kihira
4. Trusova
5. You
6. Tennell
7. Bell
8. Kim
9. Higuchi
10. Miyahara
I had a similar ranking months ago (when I thought Eunsoo would be a factor) but I simply cannot see Yelim beating both Wakaba AND Satoko. I think she is a lovely, regal skater but not Top 8 yet. For some reason I think that Yelim will become the artist of the group, ala Shizuka.

Just putting it down now so I can revisit in a few years lol.
 

b-man

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ohhhhh boyyyyy this really is a subjective sport. While Karen did great this week she engages me as an audience member 0%. She mostly looks nervous or unhappy. Usually unhappy. And when she presents like that it makes me want to fold the laundry and also iron it.
Had to laugh when I read this. I met Karen after her 2018 performances where she qualified for the Olympic team. It should have been one of the biggest moments of her career. I said something like, congratulations, you are going to have so much fun in the next month. She mumbled something unintelligible, and just looked . . .unhappy!
 

AngieNikodinovLove

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^^^^ Well as much as I dislike saying this I’m glad there’s someone out there that understands what I’m saying and saw it in person…

It’s a shame because I could really get into her skating if only she look happy doing it...
 

Dobre

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Karen, at 2018 Nationals, was quite ill.

Karen, at the end of her free at this year's 4CCs looked like the adorably happy Karen I have missed since her injury. It was a great pleasure to see:).
 

FigsVideo

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Ohhhhhh, so this wasnt shown on TV?

Well... for those who are interested... Go to the youtubes and watch the video of Johnny and Tara re-commentate her 98 Olympic program The Rainbow.

Can I say I MUCH PREFER how Johnny is dressed when he is not on TV.. I would actually wear what he is wearing here......

Here you go....


“Dress by Jeff Billings. Bangs by my mother!” 😂😂😂😂
Thanks for sharing! Not sure if you saw this, but NBC also posted a piece the other day about "the scream" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_a_zwWHVBI
 

Coco

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Aw, that comment from Tara about her mom, saying that the metal is almost hers, is really sweet.
 

giselle23

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I adore Kihara, but I don’t see her on the podium. Last year should’ve been her year, but she couldn’t hold up to pressure and was inconsistent.
I do. She has the same tech as the favorite, Kostornaia. And last year, she won everyone except Worlds. I wouldn't call that inconsistent. (Not sure why I am posting this on the US ladies thread.)
 

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