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    What if Sasha Cohen skips Worlds?

    Michelle Kwan will compete at the Olympics, which is absolutely appropriate, and Emily Hughes will compete at Worlds, which is a great opportunity for her.

    Suppose Sasha Cohen decides to skip Worlds this year? If she wins at Torino, she might call it a career, as far as eligible competition is concerned. If that happens, the United States will be represented by a trio of 16-year-olds!

    Kimmie Meissner
    Emily Hughes
    Katy Taylor

    YOU GO, GIRLS!!

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    I hope she doesn't, if only to keep the 3 spots (Meissner and Hughes 5 and 6? I wish, but it's not going to happen).
    Although it would be pretty cool to see Katy Taylor at Worlds.

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    I hope the USFS will keep the team as is and let the young girls earn their spots for themselves and not invite Michelle to compete at Worlds to earn the extra spot (assuming she competes well enough at the Olympics to even warrant inviting her). Now is the time to start promoting the newer skaters and work towards 2010.

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    I think Sasha would like to have that elusive World title. She now has the US Nats and maybe the Olys but no Worlds title. But I think silver is an accomplishment.

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    I think that barring injury, Sasha will skate at Worlds 2006, regardless of where she places in Turin. Like Joesitz says, she wants a World Title and you have to believe the USFSA will be encouraging her to go so they can secure 3 spots for next year. Especially given that Irina probably will NOT go to Worlds this year, it would be a golden opportunity for Sasha.

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    Well, if Sasha skips Worlds, then there may be only one or two spots for the Ladies at 2007 Worlds, and maybe just one spot for 2008.

    Irina is getting ready to hang up her skates for good, and whether she wins the OGM in Torino or not, she's going to dance that last dance. If Sasha wins the OGM, she will not stick around for Worlds and take the chance of being beaten once again. If Sasha wins an Olympic medal, it could go either way---she could quit right then, or take another chance against Irina. I think it will all depend on whether or not she gets a big offer from SOI. If she does, it's bye-bye Sasha.
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    If she skip the worlds, then you are looking at 2 spots for 2007 worlds if we are lucky. Worst could happen is down to 1 spot at 2007.

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    It would be a disaster for Sasha to skip Worlds.........we need her there and her probable high placement to secure three spots for next year's Worlds.......whether she wins the Oly gold or not, I'm guessing she'll do the right thing and participate at Worlds..........42
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    The only way I see Sasha skipping worlds is if she flat out wins the Olympic gold medal. In that event, she might pull a Tara Lipinski and skip worlds for fear of being beaten there. However, she very well could stay on the World team to earn the 3 spots for the US in 2007 as previous posters have mentioned, or simply to try to win the World title(which would be the only title she failed to win at that point).

    If she finishes second or below in Turin, she will definitely go to Worlds. She has nothing to lose in that situation, especially if the Olympic gold medalist decides to skip worlds. She will definitely go to try to win the title.

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    I agree Sasha might go to Worlds if she wins an Olympic medal other than gold AND if Irina skips Worlds. However, I don't think Irina is going to skip Worlds.

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    I can't see Sasha skipping Worlds for fear of being beaten. I don't think silver scares her anymore. Unless she wins OGM in some controversial way...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toutestgrace
    I can't see Sasha skipping Worlds for fear of being beaten. I don't think silver scares her anymore. Unless she wins OGM in some controversial way...
    Well, if Sasha was to actually win the Olympic gold medal she would have to beat the favorite going into the Olympics, Irina Slutskaya. Both are talented top skaters, only Irina is expected to win the gold medal over Sasha. Kind of like how Tara Lipinski beat Michelle Kwan in Nagano. Both were top skaters going into the games, only Michelle was expected to win. In order to save herself from the ridicule after Michelle beat her at worlds proving her Olympic gold medal to be a fluke, Tara decided to stay home and let her Olympic gold medal go into the books as a "what if". I can see Sasha making the same decision in the event that she wins the Olympic gold medal if Irina is going to worlds. The only reason she isn't scared of the silver is because she has never experienced the gold internationally. All of that could easily change with an Olympic gold medal.

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    Why would Sasha "do the right thing"? Tara and Sarah didn't. In fact, at SLC< Sarah announced she was going to go to Worlds and "represent my country", but she was too tired from the whirl of parties and celebrations and informed the USFS less than two weeks before Worlds that she wasn't going. Think she was running scared of being beaten? You'd better believe she was!

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    IMO, Emily Hughes will come in eighth at 2006 Worlds, and fourth
    in 2007, before beginning (in 2008) a podium streak that will last 9 years. This is based on the parallels between Emily and MK -- both came in 6th at their Nats debuts, medaled at Jr. Worlds, and, the next year, won their first Nats medal but didn't get named to Oly team because reigning Oly bronze medalst (who as reigning Nat champ and reigning world medalist went to Worlds the year before Olys and had worst skate of her life) got a bye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by euterpe
    Why would Sasha "do the right thing"? Tara and Sarah didn't. In fact, at SLC< Sarah announced she was going to go to Worlds and "represent my country", but she was too tired from the whirl of parties and celebrations and informed the USFS less than two weeks before Worlds that she wasn't going. Think she was running scared of being beaten? You'd better believe she was!
    Damn straight! And Sarah's situation was even worse. Instead of only beating the top contender to win the Olympic gold medal, she beat like 3 people lol. I can see Sasha being even more likely than Sarah to skip out on worlds. Sometimes, it seems like all she cares about is the publicity.

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