How will the Nationals results send 3 to Worlds?
I. We are 99% sure of Kimmie; We do not know the Harvard plans of Emily. Miraei and Caroline if on the podium will not go to Worlds. Some of our regulars are not going to make it, I'm afraid. That leaves Ashley and Rachael.
Do you agree that regardless of the podium, Ashley and Rachael will go to Worlds as back up for Kimmie.
II. We know it will be Evan and Johnny but who will be going to Worlds among the Men? Abbott?, Carriere? I kinda doubt Scott or Ryan.
Both Rachael Flatt and Keauna McLaughlin (of the senior pair of McLaughlin/Brubaker) turned 15 after July 1, 2007, so they, like Mirai Nagasu and Caroline Zhang, are too young to compete at 2008 Worlds.
The 3 U.S. Sectionals are this coming week, so we will know all the entries for 2008 U.S. Nationals soon. As for the status/competition readiness of the top 3 U.S. pairs from 2007 Nationals... well, we'll have to wait and see...
Last edited by Sylvia; 11-11-2007 at 10:08 PM.
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I think that we can be 100% sure about Kimmie. The USFSA will take Meissner if she was on her death bed. Without Meissner, our chances of getting 3 spots are next to Nil. And you know the USFSA wants 3 spots in LA.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
Totally agree, but which 3? Kimmie wll be one and Emily could be another, if she decides to go to Worlds. If Emily decides not to go, then there will be two needed. The two posible choices from below, imo are:
Originally Posted by bekalc
I think also that Chrissie Hughes could be considered in her first Senior competition.
Sylvia says the Sectionals are coming up and who knows who will get to Nats and make a splash!
In addition to Weir and Lysacek the bronze could be:
And from the Sectionals, hopefully, Rohene
All this is very important for the strategy of the USFS to get enough back up points for Kimmie to keep 3 ladies for 2009. The Men's field does not have an easy podium contender so if one makes a 4th place, we can still get 3 for 2009 with the proper backup.
After all, it is Los Angeles and everyone will be there. Can you imagine, a warm venue for Worlds (although Tokyo was mild and enjoyable)?
What do you think would be the best skaters for the US Nats leading to the best Teams for 2008 Worlds?
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Rachael is not old enough to go to worlds.
I'm not sure about the men, but well I think that with Evan and Johnny were are likely to do enough to get 3 spots for the men...
I think for the women the best possible team would be Meissner, Wagner, and Hughes.
Wagner is younger than Alissa and Bebe, but she's already showed herself to be more stable, and I think with the fact that Emily's skate at last year's worlds "barely did enough," having Ashley would be a major relief!
My fear with Ashley is she's not getting the hype than Caroline or Mirai has gotten. Even though I think Ashley skated really well at Skate Canada (better than Caroline's two showings). It would be nice to see the USFSA attempt to promote Ashley even a little bit because well, you know what, that will help come time for worlds. Don't get me wrong, Ashley definetly needs some more polish...But well her jumps are much more secure than Caroline's or Mirai's.
I know people love Alissa and Bebe.. But I think it would be a real shame if next year we don't have 3 spots especially considering the fact that we have so many talented youngsters coming up.
I don't think Chrissy Hughes will get a spot on the world team because she quite frankly doesn't have the difficulty. Although I'd frankly rather her than Alissa too because once again, at least she lands the jumps she actually has..
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Rachael turned 15 in July and still too young to qualify for Worlds. Rules has it to be 1. But she will be at US Nats.
Joesitz, Austin Kanallakan is staying junior this season, along with Brandon Mroz and Adam Rippon. The Junior Men's event in St. Paul is shaping up to be a "can't miss" competition!
Derrick Delmore, Parker Pennington, Shaun Rogers, Braden Overett, Nicholas LaRoche, Tommy Steenberg, Eliot Halverson, and Rohene Ward are some of the senior guys who have to compete at one of the 3 Sectionals this week in order to qualify for Nationals. Rogers and Ward have successfully landed quad toe combinations in competition this season.
Last edited by Sylvia; 11-12-2007 at 03:25 PM.