Hey, Spun Silver - Give a little girl a break. She's all of 14 and although she will skate Seniors, it won't be important for another 2 years. By that time we should see an incredible improvement. She's good. Not as much as my pick: Zhang but good!! They are just a couple of wild and wooly kids and only time will tell.Still don't understand the Rachael Flatt excitement. More impressive, IMO: Carolyn-Ann Alba (SW Pacific - novice), the one whose spiral we were admiring a few months ago. Her legs are almost too long for her to control in jumps, but what a spinner and her spiral was as beautiful in motion as in the still photo - she held it so long she almost zoomed into the wall. Also, she has a great stylistic flair, already. If she keeps it up, she will be giving Zhang a headache. Uncle Dick would not care for her fan spiral as it's more than 90 degrees... wa-a-a-a-y more.
As for Flatt, she has two years to go before making a great lutz becomes that important.
Joe - I agree with you re: the up-and-comers. If either Carriere or Steenberg are at their best during the championship they will provide some stiff competition for the some of the veteran senior skaters.
With Kimmie in a slump, and Emily faltering in the Long (as ususal), I can see Rachel squeezing in there by default. Alyssa and Bebe have their jump problems.
Kimmie is in a slump? First I've heard of it. She won her first GP medals---a silver and a bronze, even defeating Mao Asada for the first time. She is not known to be an early-season skater, and builds through the year to peak at Worlds. From where I sit, Kimmie is doing very well indeed.
At the moment, Emily has jump problems. Whether or not they will be fixed in time for Nationals remains to be seen. I believe that USFS will inflate Emily's SP scores dramatically to ensure a podium finish, but there is no guarantee she will remain there if she pops/doubles jumps in the FS as is her current pattern. The USFS can't boost GOE on failed jumps, nor can they push Emily's PCS scores into the 8s when she doesn't skate well.
There is no harm in allowing Rachael Flatt to make the podium, because she is ineligible to compete at Worlds, but it sure would help her in the eyes of the Jr. World judges. It can't be easy for a skater to make her international debut in an ISU championship, and a US medal would be a confidence booster.
It's not Emily's jumps so much as it is the length of the LP. I think she loses focus as it moves on.
Although I am not big on Carriere I have to admit he is a solid skater - not likely to mess up. It seems to me that Steenberg gets carried away with the music and loses his focus.
So which one (or maybe all three) will make a statement that he has or they have arrived!!?
See today's announcement by USFS:Sectionals videos will be available for viewing at some point in the future but the cost (reasonable, I'm told) has not been announced by USFS yet.
"The webcasts transition to subscription-based viewing on Tuesday, Nov. 28, with coverage becoming available this week of all three recent U.S. Figure Skating sectional championships. For a season subscription fee of $29.95, fans receive unlimited access to U.S. Figure Skating qualifying events through June 30, 2007, including coverage of all five disciplines: ladies, men's, pairs, ice dancing and synchronized team skating."
The free preview period ends tomorrow -- see my post #106 on the previous page for a list of 2007 Nationals-qualified skaters who competed at Regionals in October.