I'm rather put off by Cohen shamelessly angling for that SA spot when she's done zilch in the past 3 1/2 years to promote US figure skating.
And I don't think she'd fill that many seats at Lake Placid, either. LP is very out in the boondocks, expensive to fly to, and is in a region where a heavy November snow is a distinct possibility.
USFS still has the final say, though. She is at their mercy. If Cohen does get the SA spot the USFS is who you should be mad at.I'm rather put off by Cohen shamelessly angling for that SA spot when she's done zilch in the past 3 1/2 years to promote US figure skating.
I don't think her presence will make as huge an impact as, say, MK would, but one can't deny that she's definitely a bigger name overall than Rachel Flatt or Caroline Zhang.And I don't think she'd fill that many seats at Lake Placid, either. LP is very out in the boondocks, expensive to fly to, and is in a region where a heavy November snow is a distinct possibility.
There's no denying that Cohen is a bigger name than Flatt or Zhang, but I still don't see her filling that big arena at Lake Placid. It's too hard to get to, and getting there requires driving through what is basically wilderness at a time of year when the going could be very rough.
And with Sasha's record of SA attendance, there's a good chance that she won't even be there after all. People will surely take that into consideration before ordering tickets. It would be a bummer if they expected Sasha and got Becky Bereswill instead.
No way will the presence of Cohen translate to a sellout event or even a well-attended event.
But I think there will be many MORE people than OTHERWISE would be there without her. (BTW, I completely agree with you- I don't think she will last until SA. If she does, I will be the first one to say I underestimated her. Happy now, PM?)
I don't know the Lake Placid area, or even where it was located until I looked at a map. I was actually considering going there before I knew where it was, since I'd be on the Eastern seaboard at event time- that is, if it was within commute of NYC. Apparently it's not even close, so I scrapped that idea promptly.
No need to blame Sasha in May for an imaginary uproar in November, or put down less famous skaters (especially by name). Good grief.
I'd rather go to Lake Placid for the JUNIOR Grand Prix event, not the Senior GP event. For one thing, the weather is a lot better in September than in November, and for another, the tickets are much, much cheaper. And most important: there's no need to shell out $$ well in advance for a roster of skaters that may or may not be in attendance when the actual competition takes place.
OK, now I'm getting sore. For all those non-New Yorkers out there, Lake Placid is in the Adirondacks, one of the most beautiful places in the Eastern USA. It's a beloved vacation area for anyone who loves mountains and lakes. Give yourself time to drive around and enjoy the scenery and if possible hike a little. There are loads of restaurants and you'll be breathing Olympian air. Don't listen to chuckm, listen to me! Go, New York! Go, Becky, Caroline, Ashley, Rachael and *Sasha*!
(I've only lived in NJ for two years.)
I have been to Lake Placid and agreed, it is a beautiful place to go at the end of summer. But in winter, it's a tough sell, given the snowfall in the region.
Caroline's been doing well with her publicity so far. To push her ahead of the others would not be fair. Wait for Olys results. As for wheaties, I refuse to eat or buy anything that General Mills makes because the face of Greg Louganis was refused and you know why.Anyway, if I were Shep Goldberg (Caroline's agent) I would be lobbying the uSFSA as hard as I could to get Caroline's face on U.S. television as much as possible between now and the Olympics. It might mean a Wheaties box for her!
I know how much you care for Sasha, but we are talking about the gateway to the Olys. Sasha can get to Vancouver by just getting the ok from the USFS without doing SA. Of course she has to make an impression at Nats unless she wins it. I think it would be a mistake if she does a GP event with the blessing of an exception by the ISU because she is under tremendous pressure as it is. If she loses the GP, she will have to win the Nats - repeat WIN the Nats whereas if she skips SA, she will not have to win the Nats but just make a fantastic showing that she is competitive.The USFS could still deny Cohen that spot and send her elsewhere in order for Nagasu or Zhang to have a shot. Frankly, I think that would be a mistake. I think the way to do it is to go ahead and offer Cohen that third spot, but to make doubly sure that the alternate (whomever it is) is ready for the event in the likely case that Cohen withdraws.
My specs on SA and also on Sasha will rest until the Draw for SA is announced, and WOW! what an announcement that will be on many levels. A few weeks more?
Unless you mean the Texas Relays half mile.
Bereswill (also) competes in track and cross country races for Episcopal High School, where she is a senior honor student.
Bereswill specializes in the half mile run and 4x800 meter relay. "Running was just something I picked up to help my skating," she said. "Then the track coach recruited me to run."
She medaled at the conference championships in 2007 in the half mile. Last year, Her 4x800-meter relay team won the high school division gold medal at the Texas Relays, setting a school record pace. Her team has won the conference championship two years in a row.
What a gal! Talk about a winner.
I had no idea Bereswill did track as well.
But I know this: she's a hometown girl.