We certainly did with Tara Lipinsky. In that era there was no competition for any skater in the US field to beat Michelle Kwan. Many posters joined the Tara bandwagon. However, we did see Tara in several competitions before she won over Michelle, and were aware of the media hype Tara was getting.
We haven't seen that much of Rachael Flatt and only the results of her Junior Competitions and what she did in Sectionals this season are known. It is difficult to believe, at least for me, that she could win over Kimmie Meissner at this stage of her competitive career. However, given the inconsistencies of the remainder of the US field of Ladies skaters, I do feel there is a strong possibility that Rachael will be on the podium and will replace several US skaters as important contenders in the future.
How do you feel about Rachael given the meteoric rise of Tara?