01-26-2010, 07:29 PM
Zhang's 11th place finish at Nationals and lack of a GP medal this season means that she currently does not qualify for a funding envelope (A, B or C) next season. I've compiled an unofficial, projected 2010-11 U.S. team envelope list-in-progress based on the published criteria at:
Originally Posted by bigsisjiejie
She has one more chance this week. For the U.S. skaters/teams, a gold medal at Four Continents would qualify them for the Team A - Tier 2 envelope, and a silver or bronze medal for the Team B - Tier 1 envelope.
01-26-2010, 07:32 PM
I thought Caroline showed no quit at all. Sure she looked unhappy and after her shaky start she could have folded.
Originally Posted by PolymerBob
But she didn't and it was easy to see her determination to complete that program fighting for every element.
This may seem strange - but as badly as I felt for Caroline I was proud of her effort. She gutted it out and for that i see hope for her.
I do think like many others she needs some changes and may have to bite the bullet for a year. But the next Olympic cycle isn't starting until next year and Caroline is only 16.
It is possible if she has the determination to make some changes in her technique and I hope she will give it strong consideration.
01-26-2010, 08:59 PM
I wonder who she'll go to for technique help....please not Tom Z.
01-26-2010, 09:09 PM
01-27-2010, 01:25 AM
I think Caroline needs to remember that she has the talent to become the best, but she has yet to unleash it. She's gotten the highest overall score internationally compared to the top five ladies at Nationals (except for Sasha Cohen, of course). And she was the first one to reach the GPF (three? years ago), was up against Mao, Yuna, and Carolina, AND managed to finish second in the short program.
So Caroline, if by some really weird chance that you're reading this, I think you need to sit back, rest, and get your head in the right place, because after that, I'm sure you can succeed.
01-27-2010, 12:12 PM
You are forgetting that when she went to the Grand Prix Final in 2007, she was 4'10" and 75 pounds. She's a normal sized teenager now, it makes a difference.
Originally Posted by aftertherain
01-27-2010, 12:20 PM
Originally Posted by Sylvia
Question for you, as you seem to be extremely knowledgeable on this stuff: wasn't there some kind of USFS policy (written or unwritten) that if a skater formerly in the A or B envelopes remained in the competitive ranks but didn't meet the criteria, that they would get a "soft landing" down to the C envelope for the next season rather than get booted out entirely? Didn't this happen to Kimmie, and Gregory/Petukov? Do you know if this is still likely to be the case?
BTW: thx for the very clear and helpful compilation of envelope criteria and qualifiers thus far for 2010-2011.
01-27-2010, 12:56 PM
Caroline is sitting in 4th place after the short. If she can deliver a good performance tomorrow, she could make the podium. Even winning is not out of the question, but I don't know how her knee and back are holding up. If she is not doing her pearl, her back cannot be 100%.
Whatever happens, I hope she goes home and recovers after this event.
01-27-2010, 01:20 PM
Figure Skating Is A Dangerous Sport