I don't see the point of comparing National titles between Meissner and Cohen without mentioning the number of tries.
We don't read much about Sasha's practices these days. She has become tight lipped about her skating, but that doesn't mean she is not practicing. If she is going to Campbells and there is no reason to think she is not, she will want to be at her best. I don't see new programs and we will be watching R&J again unless they limit the time and she uses Dark Eyes. I believe she will be competitive. Her WOW moves will override her jumping faults
Meissner is obviously working hard and will go to Campbells to win! Apparently she will use the competition to try out her new routines. I think Laurie Nichols will be giving her a flair for that Spanish number and emphasizing presentation.
We'll be seeing all this in about 30 days.
As for winning, one can not overlook Mao and Mai.
Sources are saying Kimmie IS training the 3axle again, landing it pretty consistently by itself and struggling with consistency in her LP. I'd rather see her improve in other aspects of her skating than working hard on the 3axle. She does have good jump technique and if she can rotate those 3/3's, she has an advantage there.
Sasha has always been tight-lipped about her training sessions, never really shares inside info on practices in her journal or press conferences, so we will see how she prepared she shows up for Campbells. Is she touring in Japan? WIth all the extra things she's been doing lately, and it sounds like she is not with Nicks (regularly anyway)...I just don't see how she can be doing working on anything but her exhibition if that is the case.
One thing is that there are a lot more things that can go wrong for a young skater than can go right. The big jumps and combos don't appear out of nowhere and neither do presentation skills. They take a lot of training and still might not gel.
Meanwhile, growth spurts, injuries, problems with the mental game and a bunch of other things _can_ seem to come out of nowhere and derail a promising career. And it's not just your classic misfortunes either, I got the same buzz from Hughes the Elder too, but her suprise olympic gold seemed to destroy her motivation for further skating achievement - her first great success was her last.
Let's just say that if Meissner does have a long career with some big wins I won't be surprised at all, pleased, but not surprised.
I have to agree with Mafke. Kimmie has the ability to watch the successful skaters, glean from them what makes a great performance, and identify all the areas in her own skating that she needs to work on. In the early season last year we saw her struggle with her spiral, spins and step sequences, and get dinged for underrotating her 3/3s. But what a transformation from October to March! She finished in the top 6 at Torino without the 3/3s, then won Worlds with all the improvements in place.
Kimmie's objectivity about her own skating and her common-sense personality will take her where she wants to go.
So much of figure skating came naturally to Sasha. Kimmie had to work at it. That is the difference in the work ethic.
The word "maybe" is a code word for "speculate".
What do you mean? Supposedly the girl is back to working on her 3axle-it remains to be seen if she includes it in her LP's (I personally do not think she needs it.) But she has been including a 3lz/3toe in her SP and LP and 3flip/3toe in her LP. Not many top skaters can say they have that. Of current eligibles-Mao, Emily, Yu Na, Sasha, Elena, Fumie to name a few, don't do 2 3/3's let alone those difficult two combos. So, aside from working on a quad or a 3axle combo, what more can she do to up her jump content? I'd rather see her grow/mature in other aspects of her skating-presentation and connecting with the audience BUT under COP, that isn't enough to replace 3axles, 3/3's, level 4 spins and spirals...etc...because we are seeing PCS reflect TES, when a skater delivers a strong, technical program.I don't think she's going to up her jump content (because... why?) and I don't like her toe-axelish toe loops but I think her presentation skills will improve a lot (over time).
Her presentation still has a long way to go (and she's given every indication she's aware of that and will continue working on it) as well as tweaking her spins and spirals for COP. Will she make it? Too early to say but I'd give her at least even odds for major presentation improvement against the much longer odds for markedly upping her jumping content.
OK! We are on the same page in that aspect. I read your post wrong!
I think Kimmie needs some romance or just carefree clild like asperations in her life to feel the music in a different way. I think she just uses the music / mood now rather than understanding and becoming in "tune" with the tune. IMO