Sasha will do fine.
Yes Sasha will bomb at the Olympics, but she will bomb in a good way. I think that upto this point everything has been like building blocks, trying to get to the top. I think that this her time to peak and shine. Good luck to Sasha and all the athletes.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Let's just see what happens. We all know that she has the goods to do well but this sport is more of a head-game at this kind of competition. Yes, she could bomb but so could everyone else out there and they will just have to deal with it and move on with their life. I personally hope that she does well. I think she is the USA's best hope for a medal in Torino.
I will be very suprised if Sasha bombs. I hope not. She is not my first choice for gold but I do expect to see her on the podium. What color medal ? We will
have to wait and see.
If she does bomb, which can happen to anyone, she'll survive. She won't get kicked out of the country. The people who like to tear her apart online will continue to do so with zest. The people who defend her, will defend her a little more passionately. How she copes with her personal pain, who can say? People find a way to endure.
Then again, if she wins gold, the people who like to criticize, will continue to do so with a quieter snarkiness. The people who defend her will do so joyously. How Sasha would cope with having the OGM and still being in Kwan's shadow to some degree, who can say? (Having Kwan around has taken some of the zip out of being the gold medalist in times past.) Sasha will find a way to endure.
Rather than either bombing or winning the OGM, what do you think the public reaction will be if Sasha wins the silver? Because I think this is the most likely outcome.Originally Posted by SusanBeth
I don't think she will bomb, but if she does I certainly don't think she will retire, she's still young
Again, it depends. If Sasha wins silver, but the US media thinks she should have won gold, she will do fine. If Sasha wins silver because someone legitimately outskated her, then she will have to endure the "always a bridesmaid" remarks -- unless there is a much bigger story (i.e., Kwan wins third medal -- any color, tying Henie, or the Russian "comeback kid" wins gold) and then the media will simply ignore her. Of course, if Sasha is outskated, but is unusually gracious in defeat -- and this becomes a bigger story because some other athlete(s) are unusually rotten in defeat -- then again she will do fine.Originally Posted by Ogre Mage
I do.Originally Posted by FreeKatie
Originally Posted by Ogre Mage
I think a silver would be great for Sasha and people would be happy with it. If she skates clean and finishes second to Irina, there will probably be objections because Sasha is so polished and refined looking on the ice (with regard to her positions, extension, choreography... the whole package so to speak) while Irina is still a bit rough around the edges when it comes to grace.
Sasha will not bomb. She skate beautifully and earn a silver or bronze medal, hopefully.
I agree.Originally Posted by Longhornliz
I don't see her truly bombing, but she might make enough mistakes to finish off the podium. As others have said, who knows what deals have been made. It's so easy to prop skaters up or sink them using the PCS scores. Anything is possible. Slutskaya and Sokolova on the podium wouldn't be that much of a surprise, considering how well Elena skated at Euros.
All Sasha needs is to concentrate on her own skating only, she'll do fine. She is all geared for this shot....but I won't rule out Japanese ladies just yet, they may not be the favorate from Judge panel, but when the politics can't be settled between US and Russia, they might be the one to benefit.
I don't like politics at all, don't like it in social life, don't like it in office, don't like it FS, etc. But such is a life, it exsists every where, now with the new system in play, even the rules are affected by politics. (read in pair thread).
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Irina is not trying to be graceful. She does not have that kind of body. She is an athlete and she makes full use of her athletic skills. That does not make her 'rough around the edges'. In fact her edges are more secure than Sasha's.Originally Posted by FreeKatie