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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post
    For sure if either of them does well in her first event.

    Akexe Gilles has a tough road, though. She could easily come in last except for the French staters at Eric Bompard.
    Happened to Em Hughes last year. This is her first international senior comp, is it not? In such a tough field, a placement like 8th or 9th isn't all THAT bad if you think about it...

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    What would Emily bring to her competitive career if she got that vacant post at SA? It would have her skip Regionals and Sectionals, and be eligible for US Nats. That's strategy, yes.... but I think she's over the hill and will waste the time of others who have something to gain.

    What would Alexei or Becky (the underdogs, if anyone favors underdogs) bring to their competitive career. A chance to go out there and come back a STAR. Not saying either will podium, but it will be a step towards going into US Nats with more confidence. Very important for the potential of a future skater and not for a has-been.

    I don't see Emily skating any better than the two underdogs.

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    I will not count anyone, and that includes Emily, out this season.

    But in general, I do agree that the vacant SA spot should go to one of the other ladies that does well in her competition.

    I do like the underdog story. For that reason, I will stand behind the person who I believe has the steepest hill to climb.

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    Alexe Gilles and Castile/Okolski were added to Skate America today (scroll down): http://www.usfigureskating.org/Athletes.asp?id=216
    There is one Pairs TBA slot left to fill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    Alexe Gilles and Castile/Okolski were added to Skate America today (scroll down): http://www.usfigureskating.org/Athletes.asp?id=216
    There is one Pairs TBA slot left to fill.
    Thanks for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    I do like the underdog story. For that reason, I will stand behind the person who I believe has the steepest hill to climb.
    Ah so you will be standing right beind Sasha Cohen then this season RD

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    hey now, Ant!!!!!! *gives scolding mother look*

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmanb View Post
    Ah so you will be standing right beind Sasha Cohen then this season RD

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    *sounds off Price Is Right buzzer*

    Absolutely not. Try again...


    (Why, you ask? Cohen is not an underdog, nor is she a favorite. She's simply a wildcard, as are the other comeback skaters. And the wildcards may or may not get played this season)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    hey now, Ant!!!!!! *gives scolding mother look*
    What?!?!?! It's friday!

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog View Post
    Absolutely not. Try again...


    (Why, you ask? Cohen is not an underdog, nor is she a favorite. She's simply a wildcard, as are the other comeback skaters)
    I was actually just being silly because you said:

    I will stand behind the person who I believe has the steepest hill to climb
    and after everything you've said about the unlikelihood of Cohen skating in either of her GPs or Nationals and how much better she has to be to stand a chance I thought that could mean that in fact Cohen has the steepest hill to climb

    Like i said i was just being silly!

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    So i guess that the last official female spot has been filled.

    Can't wait to go...only a few months away now!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by antmanb View Post
    and after everything you've said about the unlikelihood of Cohen skating in either of her GPs or Nationals and how much better she has to be to stand a chance I thought that could mean that in fact Cohen has the steepest hill to climb

    Like i said i was just being silly!
    well, while I stand by everything I said, I was actually referring to another skater- one who I believe must start from the drawing board and work her way to the top (if she can get there). I'm not naming any names.

    Besides, all this is sort of irrelevant if you consider that it would be great for me to see an American on the ladies' olympic podium after what's happened the past three years. Doesn't matter who that American is.

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    you make it sound like it's a disaster to not have an American win everything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonichelle View Post
    you make it sound like it's a disaster to not have an American win everything...
    It's not. But nothing wrong with expressing my desired outcome, right?

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    Well, my desired outcome is an exciting Grand Prix ............. followed by a National Championship with no questionable calls or funny judging.

    ( Now Bob, let's be realistic here. )

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    I think both Alexe Gilles and Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski will be an asset to skate america and make me glad to have bought tickets a few days ago

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