How many of the women have skated two clean short programs and two clean long programs in the Grand Prix this year? How many women have skated a clean short and a clean long in one competition doing their planned jumps? That's a pretty high bar for fandom.Just gonna be the dimmer switch here and point out that Amber's bronze-winning total score at Espoo is 4 points lower than her 5th-place finish at SkAm. It's hard to get on board her fan train when she can't string together two good programs in one competition.
Me, too. I'll still be rooting for her even if she doesn't skate a clean short program and a clean long program next week or pops a jump or two. Or under-rotates some of her jumps. And I'll still be rooting for Amber.Rooting for Lindsay to skate well next week.
What did the triple axel have to do with popping the flip in her short program this week? She didn't have a triple axel in that program. And let's face it, if she waits until she does both a clean short and a clean long to add the triple axel, that's unlikely to happen. She was having consistency problems before she ever added a triple axel.What I hope she has learned from this: the 3a is a distraction. A SkAm short and the FS here would have likely won. Go for that and once you do that a few times you can start adding the 3a.